Ryan Essmaker

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Ryan Essmaker is a creative director, designer, and photographer who lives and works in New York City. He is a partner and co-founder of creative studio Wayward Wild, and co-founder of The Great Discontent (TGD), a magazine featuring candid conversations with today’s artists, makers, and risk-takers. TGD began in 2011 as a web magazine and has since grown to include a globally distributed print counterpart and a short film series. Prior to starting TGD, Essmaker had his own small design and development studio in the great state of Michigan.