Portrait by Lorna Ryan (my fab mum!)


Nice to meet you. I'm Barbara, a freelance art director and artist currently based in Amsterdam.

I split my time between working as a freelancer on global campaigns for brands and experimenting in my studio, creating artworks and objects. The best of both worlds.

If you would like to talk about a project, collaboration or idea, send an email to barbarafrankieryan[@]gmail.com.


Freelance art director
(April 2019 - Present)

Working with agencies including:
Protein, LePub, It's Nice That, Likefriends, Hey Honey, Proud Robinson, Cloudfactory, WHALE, HALAL Studios.

Creative Consultant
The Diversity Standards Collective
(September 2020 - Present)

Providing guidance and working together with brands to ensure that diversity is presented authentically in their advertising and inside their company culture too. Brands include; Coca Cola, Zoopla, Shea Moisture. 

Art director,
Cloud Factory, Amsterdam
(March 2016 - March 2019)

The Kennedys, Art director,
Wieden + Kennedy, Amsterdam

(June to December 2015)

Design assistant to Margot Bowman,
(February - May 2015)


BA Hons Graphic Design (1st Class)
Kingston University, London
2011 - 2014

Art & Design Foundation Diploma (Distinction)
Kingston University, London
2010 - 2011