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Willie Ryan

Willie Ryan - International Icon and infographic illustrator. UK

Willie Ryan’s graphical illustrations are perfect for any project requiring quick, concise communication with no ambiguity. He’s an expert when it comes to icons, instructional images and infographics, but equally adept at depicting scenarios and concepts everyone can identify with. Willie’s work is ideal for editorial, advertising, broadcasting and mobile projects.
With a BA in Graphics and Illustration from Central Saint Martins in London, Willie has been drawing since the day he left college. Now based in Hastings, his influences include Hergé, William Heath Robinson, Aubrey Beardsley, Edward Hopper and Norman Rockwell.


Images begin as words and doodles scribbled out on lined paper, and a search for references if required. As Willie creates his roughs using ink on paper, he aims to reduce detail and find the ideal forms for the objects in his illustration. His drawings are scanned and traced as vectors, then scaled and assembled to complete the image.


Willie’s images are simple, graphic and minimal, with a limited palette of strong, flat colors. He works in two styles. For one, he creates bold emblems and icons using line work or flat, contrasting colors. The other is more figurative with a diagrammatic or instruction book feel and a little humor.

Client list

Willie’s clients include Ford, the BBC, Heinemann, Lloyds Bank, Random House, USA Today, Volkswagen, Chase Manhattan Bank, Vauxhall, Fruit of the Loom, Friends of the Earth and more…
Beautiful images Willie. Really very nice indeed.
Matt Inwood, Absolute Press
Willie has worked on 4 cover illustrations for us this year. All his works were delivered clearly on brief on tight timescales and have positively enhanced our visual identity. Willie’s clean line work and eye for graphic composition make for iconic imagery that is effective at a variety of sizes.
Hal Ritson, Director,, MofoHifi Records
Willie consistently applies his incisive wit and fine line to all challenges. Over the years, for every commission, it has been a delight to see what he comes up with.
Robert, Lucy or Robert
Thanks for these -Bang on target!!! The client is super exited, and the signs are being produced stateside as we speak!
Garry Martin, Fracture Clinic
Thanks Willie! It looks great, really varied and interesting so that you want to flick the whole way through! I've just heard that ‘When in Rome’ has nearly sold out and we're already looking at when we can reprint it, so I thought I'd share the good news with you!!
Claire Marshall, Anova Books
On them now! You are a celeb. Best illos ever! Brilliant! Stunners as always!
Dave Kelsall , The Week Junior
You're a pleasure to work with. I hope I will be able to pass you onto other folks as well.
Richard Eisermann, Prospect Design
Willy!... your new site is F@@KING BRILLIANT!!!!! So clever, stylish and bloody funny....particularly like Miss Piggy's personal trainer!!! Seriously brilliant You must send it out to everyone on planet earth!!!
Jonathan Whitelocke , Holland and Barrett mag
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