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Ryan Hageman is a graphic designer and the founder of Gurafiku, a website on the history of Japanese graphic design.

He has worked as a graphic designer for museums and cultural institutions,
including the Art Institute of Chicago,
MCAD DesignWorks, the Walker Art Center, and The MVA Studio.

He is currently a graduate student at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago studying arts administration and cultural policy. He received his BFA from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and studied in Osaka, Japan, researching design and multilingual communication.

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Professional Experience

Founder/Director (2009—Present)

A collection of visual research surveying the history of graphic design in Japan.

Art Institute of Chicago
Graphic Designer (2011—2015)

Exhibition graphics and promotional design for renowned art museum, the Art Institute of Chicago.

MCAD DesignWorks
Graphic Designer (2009—2011)

Working for the Minneapolis College of Art and Design’s in-house design studio to create exhibition graphics, catalogues, and publications.

An exhibition catalogue, designed in collaboration with Ted Guerrero, was featured in Print Magazine’s Regional Design Annual 2010.

Walker Art Center
Graphic Design Intern (2010—2011)

Creating print and web graphics to promote exhibitions, performances, and film screenings at the Walker’s in-house design department.

The MVA Studio
Graphic Design Intern (2010—2010)

Designing publication and apparel graphics for a Minneapolis-based creative studio, specializing in design and content development.


School of the Art Institute of Chicago
MA, Arts Administration and Cultural Policy (expected 2016)

A program focused on curatorial studies and museum planning, along with the management and development of art and cultural organizations.

Minneapolis College of Art and Design
BFA, Graphic Design (2011)

An education strongly rooted in print design, also focusing on emerging technology, including social media, motion graphics, and web design.

Sozosha College of Design
Japanese Graphic Design (Spring 2010)

A semester-long, international design program located in Osaka, Japan, focusing on the mechanics of multilingual design and communication.

Language Capabilities

English (Native Proficiency)
Japanese (Limited Working Proficiency)