GDUSA starts each year by choosing a group of People To Watch who embody the spirit of the creative community. Individuals we have come to know and respect for a combination of talent, leadership, success, newsworthiness and community service. In a field so deep in talent and broad in numbers, this is clearly a subjective process. Still, for five decades, it has seemed to work out pretty well: the roster of past participants is star-studded, to say the least. The 2016 group adds to the glow.
Ross Patrick grew up on the prairies of Canada, studied painting and printmaking at Gonzaga University and graduated from Art Center College of Design with a degree in graphics/packaging. He cut his teeth as a designer at Nike in Portland OR and ended up landing his dream job in Hollywood at Capitol Records. He got to work with bands like Radiohead, Foo Fighters and Paul McCartney as well as the notorious Butthole Surfers. He was SVP of Design at Deutsch Los Angeles — working with Mitsubishi Motors, Tesco, and DIRECTV. He also headed up Venu Interactive in LA, and spearheaded branding projects for Nike as well as computer giant Lenovo.
He ran the global in-house design department for The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf in Los Angeles servicing 28 countries with over 1000 retail outlets. Ross now heads up DDW in San Francisco, a strategic branding and packaging firm with a stellar background and an A-list of clients including Anheuser-Busch, Campbell’s Soup and Sprint. Ross lives close to Napa and loves motorcycles, playing the drums, tasting wine and playing backyard bocce ball with friends and family.
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