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Willie Ryan

Willie Ryan's Photo - 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 colours. He works in two styles. For one, he creates bold emblems and icons using line work or flat, contrasting colours. The other is more figurative with a diagrammatic or instruction book feel and a little humour.

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…
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The Three Bucket Method
Chevrolet Magazine commission Willie Ryan for some graphic illustrations demonstrating how to get a 'showroom gleam'.
Scientific Icons
Willie Ryan works with Rodale Publishing on a series of icons for a scientific treatise.
Willie in the Flesh
Willie Ryan takes part in the Coastal Currents Open Studio in South East England.
Dad's Guide to Keeping it Real
Willie Ryan was commissioned to create this Father's Day GIF
Maritime Alphabet
Willie Ryan completes 26 illustrations for the maritime organisation Trinity House.
Get Closer with Listerine
Willie Ryan creates the art for Listerine print ads.
The Motor Trade
The Telegraph motor supplement commission Willie Ryan for three graphic illustrations.
The Interpreter's House
Willie Ryan illustrates the cover for #59 of The Interpreter's House Journal.
Eighties Rock
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