Ryder Ripps

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Ryder Ripps
Born (1986-07-07) July 7, 1986 (age 27)
New York, NY
Nationality American
Movement New media art
Website http://www.ryder-ripps.com

Ryder Ripps (born July 7, 1986) is an American artist and entrepreneur as the Creative Director of OKFocus.[1] He is the son of Helene Verin, a designer,[2] and Rodney Ripps, an artist.


In 2009, Ripps established Internet Archaeology in an attempt to archive and present some content from GeoCities upon Yahoo!'s closure of the site.[3][4]

In November 2009, Ripps co-founded the surfing club Dump.fm along with Tim Baker of Delicious (website) and Scott Ostler. The site allows real-time communication and collaboration using images. Ripps called it "an iteration of both the chat room and the imageboard, as it uses pictures to create conversation," citing Tumblr as inspiration.[5] Users can upload or link to images, take photos with a webcam, and type messages to communicate.[5][6] It has since become a popular and influential community[citation needed] credited for the creation of multiple Internet memes, including "Deal With It", and was compared to 4chan by Paddy Johnson.[7] The overall aesthetic of Dump.fm has been compared to earlier work by Cory Arcangel and Paper Rad.[5]

Ripps's subjects include Facebook and computer experience. He has shown work at Eyebeam Art and Technology Center, and in April 2011, he was listed at the top of L Magazine's "5 Art Stars You Need to Know," by Benjamin Sutton and Paddy Johnson.[8] Ripps has collaborated with artist Ryan Trecartin[9] and M.I.A. (artist).[10] He has created a body of physical work by reappropriating elements of computer culture as sculpture.[11][12] He has also produced and written music for the hip-hop act Glass Popcorn[13] and the boy band HDBOYZ.[14]

In 2011, Ripps co-founded the digital agency OKFocus with Jonathan Vingiano.[15] OKFocus's efforts have focused on viral marketing, mobile apps, and other web-based commercial endeavors.[16][17][18][19] In July 2012 OKFocus was listed among the Advertising Age Creativity50.[20][21]


  1. ^ Gassel, Harry; FRIEDLANDER, EMILIE (December 2013). "Creative Agency: OKFocus, to.be and The Jogging". The Fader. 
  2. ^ Hayt, Elizabeth (22 April 2001). "NOTICED; An Undershirt Named . . . What?". The New York Times. p. 1. 
  3. ^ Coldwey, Devin (10 October 2009). "Internet Archeology: In which the internet's sordid past is preserved and curated". TechCrunch. Retrieved 20 October 2009. 
  4. ^ Jardin, Xeni (23 October 2009). "Internet Archeology". Boing Boing. Retrieved 21 March 2012. 
  5. ^ a b c Dietz, Ben (9 September 2010). "Speaking Without Words: Dump.fm and Ryder Ripps". Switched. Retrieved 21 March 2012. 
  6. ^ "Visual Culture Online". Off Book. 16 August 2011. PBS. http://www.pbs.org/arts/gallery/off-book-episode-3-visual-culture-online-meme.
  7. ^ Johnson, Paddy (26 May 2010). "Talking With Images - Is Dump.fm the New 4chan?". Urlesque. Retrieved 21 March 2012. 
  8. ^ Johnson, Paddy; Sutton, Benjamin (13 April 2011). "5 Art Stars You Need to Know". L Magazine. 
  10. ^ Johnson, Paddy (October 2011). "Ripps it Up". Print. 
  11. ^ Biddle, Sam (22 April 2011). "The Spinning Rainbow OS X Beach Ball We Despise Is Now Real". Gizmodo. Retrieved 21 March 2012. 
  12. ^ Hong, Diana (16 December 2011). "LikeArtBasel". Design Envy. AIGA. Retrieved 21 March 2012. 
  13. ^ "Glass Popcron: Avant-garde hip-hopper, 15, wows New York MoMA PS1 crowd". 9/2/2011. CBS. http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-31749_162-20100760-10391698.html.
  14. ^ _tantalizing_ (13 September 2011). "Stop Not Knowing HDBOYZ (LOL)". Oh No They Didn't. Retrieved 21 March 2012. 
  15. ^ Vilensky, Mike (12 December 2011). "P.R. Stunts in a Digital Era". Wall Street Journal. 
  16. ^ Roy, Jessica; Tiki, Nitasha (March 2012). "Meet OkFocus, the PR Stuntmen Behind the Fake Kanye West Site WhoDat.Biz". Betabeat. Retrieved 27 May 2012. 
  17. ^ Rodriguez, Salvador (30 March 2012). "Fake Kanye West startup website fools the Internet". LA Times. 
  18. ^ Kaganskiy, Julia (10 April 2012). "OKFocus Thinks Your Web Design Sucks". The Creators Project. Retrieved 27 May 2012. 
  19. ^ Beri, Jonathan (17 May 2012). "Hangouts Hackathon: 1 API, 5 developers, 2 weeks". The Google+ Developers Blog. Retrieved 6 August 2012. 
  20. ^ Pathak, Shareen (9 July 2012). "Ryder Ripps, Jonathan Vingiano Are Digital Brains Behind OKFocus". Advertising Age. 
  21. ^ Ashlock, Jesse (1 April 2013). "The Digital Mavericks". Details. 

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