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Ries is the Creative Director & Conversation Instigator at brandHAWAII, a Creative & Development company that generates brand impact through experiential ideation & strategic storytelling.

brandHAWAII is passionate about creating experiences through design thinking that are beautiful, meaningful, and authentic.
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Ries is the Creative Director & Conversation Instigator at brandHAWAII, a Creative & Development company that generates brand impact through experiential ideation & strategic storytelling.

brandHAWAII is passionate about creating experiences through design thinking that are beautiful, meaningful, and authentic.

brandHAWAII (formerly ETC.STUDIOS) was formed in October 2003 and has had the pleasure of being the creative element for such clients/projects as Norman Lear’s Declare Yourself, Jordan a nike company, Warrior Hockey, Codeblack Entertainment, BASE Hockey, the CHAYA Retaurant Family in Los Angeles and San Francisco, and many more.

brandHAWAII is the creative brainchild of Erik Ries. He is not only the Creative Director & Conversation Instigator, but also the primary Designer, Finisher, Illustrator, Photographer and Artist for all projects. Ries has over 17 years in the Entertainment Industry, creating theatrical and home entertainment key art for movie studios such as HBO, 20th Century Fox, Sony Pictures, Paramount, Lion’s Gate Films, Fine Line, MGM and many more. He has been an internal team member of such creative agencies as Art Machine (Los Angeles, CA) and Indika Entertainment Advertising (New York City, NY). If not, he was actively consulting with them and many others. He is currently a freelance Senior Art Director B O N D contributing to such projects as: Justice League, Batman vs Superman, Passengers, A Monster Calls, LIFE, Jason Bourne, Fifty Shades Darker, Ballers, Game of Throne, King Arthur, KONG, Straight Outta Compton, Tarzan, the Great Wall, and many more.

Prior to focusing on Entertainment, Ries was designing in the early stages of the new media industry from 1996 to 2000. He is now back involved with web2.0 through a collaboration as AllDigital.com’s creative resource for their iPad/iPhone app UI projects, and is stepping into immersive technologies.

Ries earned an MFA from Pratt Institute’s Graduate Program in Communication & Packaging Design (New York City, NY) by way of Portland State University (Portland, OR), where he double-majored in Advertising Management and Marketing Management while being an NCAA Division I-AA college football standout and team captain. It was during his undergraduate studies that Ries developed a greater passion for the arts than the gridiron, and decided to pursue a path within the creative field through entrepeneurship, leading to the formation of brandHAWAII 11 years later.

brandHAWAII has the strong desire is to remain a boutique creative shop in order to continue focusing on the passion that lies within the creative process in order to give each client and their projects the attention they deserve. Read Less
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