Hoard's Dairyman Magazine, Hay and Forage Grower Magazine, Art Director
Ryan Ebert was always interested in art. He dabbled in painting, wood carving and drawing while growing up on a farm near Rio. Ryan settled on graphic design as a field that allows him “to practice art while still having a paying job.”
Ryan looked into a few different 4-year college options and talked with others about his college choice.
“The graphic design program at Madison College was highly recommended,” he recalled. “It fit my budget and was close to home.”
Ryan appreciated the “real world” experience of his instructors and projects and assignments that gave him skills he needed.
While pursuing his associate degree, Ryan got an internship at a safety company doing catalog design work. At the Madison College Portfolio Show, he met an associate editor of Hoard’s Dairyman who was impressed with Ryan’s work. This led to a job offer when he graduated in 2007.
As art director, Ryan creates layout and design for Hoard’s Dairyman that publishes 20 issues per year and Hay & Forage Grower that prints six issues per year. His duties include photography, digital design, multi-media creation, press checks, special publications and much more. Ryan has won over a dozen awards from the American Agricultural Editors’ Association (AAEA) photography and design competitions for his work at Hoard’s Dairyman.
“The biggest change in the graphic design field is the growth of online publishing,” Ryan said. “Employers want someone with print and web design skills.” He took a few web design classes while at Madison College and continues to keep up with personal training.
Ryan created the programming for blogs on hoards.com and the e-newsletter, Hoard’s Dairyman Intel. He also provides ongoing training and support for staff on current design and technology.
What does he like about his job? “I’d say the wide range of things I get to do. From editorial design, ag photography, to working at special events like World Dairy Expo,” Ryan answered.