HUSH Adds Art Director Ryan Rowlett and Architectural Designer Danielle Towslee
From the release:
Experience design agency HUSH has strengthened its creative department by appointing Ryan Rowlett as Art Director and Danielle Towslee as an Architectural Designer.
A former Lead Designer for Red Antler, Rowlett has spent his career delivering resonant brand experiences for some of the world’s most exciting brands. He has acted as a key overseer, guiding everything from ideation through production including identity systems, motion assets, key digital products and more. Before that, Rowlett was the Senior Interactive Designer for the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) where he led the art direction for all digital content, leveraging his experience in web design, motion graphics, interaction design and branding. He was also an Art Director at RR Donnelley, developing the brand systems and identities for global investment firm Morgan Stanley Smith Barney.
Now at HUSH, Rowlett will bring his expertise in branding and visual communication to develop amazing experiences anchored by powerful design, technology and architecture. “I love simplicity, incisive storytelling, compelling concepts, and designing things that I want to see or use in the world,” he explains. “I see visual design as one piece of a larger experience puzzle. I want to bring branding-level graphic perspective to that piece of the puzzle.” Rowlett will also be involved in creative strategy, adding his voice and vision to HUSH’s experimental, artistic and technologically rich approach to design.
Rowlett was drawn to the often multi-sensory nature of HUSH’s projects and how they deliver an amazing experience. “The scale of work was intoxicating and closer to art-making than I had experienced in any other place. Plus, they are an amazing, really talented group that creates an environment where collaboration is truly additive and exponential.”
Meanwhile, Towslee’s career in architectural design was influenced by her experiences in real estate development which gave her an insight into how to attract clients, craft an appealing aesthetic, and push creative boundaries by learning from the challenges of past projects.
At HUSH, her understanding of “brand feel” will enhance how the agency serves clients, including prestigious commercial and residential real estate firms like Toll Brothers and Related Companies. By testing and evaluating environments through visual rendering, Towslee will leverage her capabilities in 3D and 2D software programs, and layering different qualities of light, texture and opacity to achieve certain moods and feelings.“Architectural design is about considering the entire physical space in which our installations reside, not only the size and shape of objects but the material considerations as well,” says Towslee. “This even means carefully pairing stylized objects and elements that will produce a beautiful and unified vision. Every project should involve crafting a thesis so that we can execute in the best way possible.”
The respective new hires join on the heels of recent additions Creative Technologist David Whitely and Studio Manager Christina Jorro. According to HUSH Founding Partner David Schwarz, both Rowlett and Towslee bring critical skills that bolster HUSH’s unique design offering.
“As I look back over our accomplishments in the past couple of years, I can’t imagine two better additions to our team,” says Schwarz. “Ryan’s brand prowess ensures everything we do is filtered through a rigorous lens of visual strategy and storytelling specific to our clients’ organizations. Danielle leverages that positioning into the three-dimensional world of space, materials, technology and aesthetic. We’ve already seen their impact on the quality of our creative, the scalability of our offering, as well as the speed and breadth of our projects. They will continue to play pivotal roles as we take on design challenges at the scale of workspaces, urban environments and interconnected global brand experiences.”