Vagabond Studios Ryan Wilson Bio

Ryan Wilson



Bachelor of Arts:
Visual Communication Design

Purdue University
West Lafayette, Indiana

User Experience Design,
Interaction Design & UX

Google's Custom Curriculum

Web Development Foundations
& Responsive Web Design 

University of Michigan Specialization (Coursera)

GIS, Mapping, & Spatial Analysis:

University of Toronto Specialization (Coursera)

USCG Master 500ton

Crawford Nautical School 
Seattle, Washington

Maritime Coast Guard Agency (UK)
Chief Mate 3000ton

Bluewater Yachting School:
Antibes, France &
Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Professional Experience


Designer / Founder

Vagabond Studios

Multidisciplinary design studio that originally started as a part-time venture  and passion project while working on yachts abroad. This has involved working on a wide variety of projects ranging from business driven commercial design to  passion projects of illustrations and art work. 


Designer & Marketing Coordinator

Medical Analytics
Software Technology

What started as a project to design a logo evolved into building a website and developing a brand & visual materials for all related marketing items, including an extensive linked-in marketing outreach campaign to connect with clients. 



Chicago Electric
Boat Company

Freelance Captain for a range of yachts & boats within the company's fleet ranging from Duffy Electric Boats to cruiser yachts and a 65 foot vintage Chris Craft.


1st Officer / 
Navigational Officer

Super-Yacht  Industry

Managed & mentored crews of up to 12 members from a wide variety of backgrounds. Oversaw shipyard project management, crew training, safety drills, equipment testing, and all associated reports & documentation.

Navigation experience on yachts up to 220ft in length on waters anywhere from the Mediterranean Sea to Alaska, including 10 Atlantic crossings.

Responsible for passage planning, as well as management of the Admiralty chart inventory, including meticulous organization and hand drawn corrections as required by International Maritime Law.

Created custom yacht-specific compliance forms for the vessel and crew in regards to International Safety Management, which streamlined the process of increasing commercial regulations facing the industry.

Working and living aboard private yachts in tiny, shared living spaces, at times as the only American, gave me an international perspective on management, team work, scheduling, unique problem solving, and confrontation avoidance, an especially critical skill because the workplace and living quarters were often one and the same.


Ian Stockwell
PHD Data Scientist & Co-Founder of PreSquared
+1.443.852.2199 /

"Ryan is an amazing designer! He developed a clean, cutting-edge logo and complete branding package to make my company stand out. He is great to work with, and went above and beyond with his work products and honest interest in the company. We plan to work with him as our primary designer for years to come."

Chris White
Health Care Industry Professional & Co-Founder of PreSquared
+1.443.858.9160 /

"Ryan is an extremely professional and very creative designer that was able to deliver several pieces of marketing collateral, along with our website. He was a pleasure to interact with and went above and beyond on all of the delivery commitments that he made. I've spent several years managing custom software development teams which included graphic artists, designers, and usability experts. Ryan ranks at the top of the list of dozens of folks that I've worked with in the past. I will definitely hire him again for more projects in the future and can confidently recommend him."

Jeff Ridgway
Super Yacht Captain of 30+ years
+1.561.379.7961 /

Captain Jeff and I worked together multiple times over an eight year period from 2012-2020 on M/Y Battered Bull & M/Y Ingot.

"Ryan has exceeded expectations and conducts himself in a professional and mature manner at all times. As Chief Officer, Ryan was responsible for the following tasks: Day-to-Day crew management / Crew Scheduling / Project Planning / Chart & Publication inventory and corrections /Voyage Planning / Navigational Watches / Monthly checks & inventory of Life Saving Appliances and safety & security items / Log Book recording and general record keeping / Monthly financial & credit card usage reports-

I can, without hesitation, recommend Mr. Ryan Wilson for a Chief Officer or Captain's position on a yacht. If the situation arises, I will not hesitate to re-hire him for future long-term or short-term projects. It was a pleasure to have Ryan Wilson work with us on the M/Y INGOT and we all wish him well in his future endeavors."

Archie Archambault
Founder of Archie's Press

"Ryan is a superstar. He does his best work every time and finished everything he starts. He's thoughtful about his work and great at communicating his ideas. "

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