Raised in St. Louis on MTV, Macintoshes and MYST, Staake’s work explores bold concepts, technologically-innovative production methods and non-traditional viewing experiences. Originally trained in graphic design at Carnegie Mellon University and RISD, Ryan spent the late 2000s working as a Human Interface Designer at Apple, contributing to the iPhone, iPad, and Mac OS. He’s at home working across multiple mediums, including video, interactive, virtual reality, print or whatever excites his imagination.
His latest music video, in which he won a prestigious D&AD award for, Wyclef Jean, only features Young Thug for a few seconds, after the $100k shoot was derailed by Thug arriving late, then refusing to get out of his car because his “Instagram account was hacked.” Instead of abandoning the project after Thug failed to show up, co-director Staake completed a snarky cut that shows how the video fell apart and breaks down the rise and fall of the video’s creation. Of the project, Staake said, “I was trying to deliver to make an interesting statement, but also fulfill a contractual obligation.” Ryan was recently selected for Saatchi & Saatchi’s new directors’ showcase.