Rob Sheridan

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Rob Sheridan
Rob Sheridan controlling stage lighting instruments
Rob Sheridan with How to Destroy Angels in 2013
Robert Sheridan

(1979-10-11) October 11, 1979 (age 42)
EducationPratt Institute
Known forart director, graphic designer, writer, photographer, comic book author

Robert "Rob" Sheridan (born October 11, 1979) is an American graphic designer, art director, photographer, and comic book author best known for his extensive work with the band Nine Inch Nails.


Sheridan attended art school at New York's Pratt Institute for one year before being hired at age 19 by Nine Inch Nails' Trent Reznor in 1999, on the merits of a Nine Inch Nails fansite he created during high school.[1] He was initially hired to maintain the newly launched official Nine Inch Nails website.[2] He then also took over as art director for the band, contributing photography, web design, album covers, music videos, live tour visuals, and two live concert films.[3] He was also credited for assisting Trent Reznor with the mythology of the alternate reality game built around Nine Inch Nails' 2007 album Year Zero.[4] Sheridan left his position as Nine Inch Nails art director after the conclusion of the 2014 tour.

In 2010, Sheridan co-founded the band How to Destroy Angels. He featured on all the studio releases, as well as touring with the band in 2013.

Sheridan is most widely known for his glitch art,[5][6] but is also well-recognized for his work in illustration, photography, graphic design, and as the director, editor, and director of photography responsible for concert films, as well as a director for the 2005 Nine Inch Nails music video The Hand That Feeds.

In 2018, Sheridan announced that he would be writing a comic book through the new launch of Vertigo on DC Comics, called High Level. The tentative release date is in 2019.[7]

Work with Nine Inch Nails[edit]

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Rob Sheridan on the set of Nine Inch Nails' "Wave Goodbye", Aug 26, 2009

Work outside Nine Inch Nails[edit]

Sheridan had been working with Trent Reznor on his other band How to Destroy Angels as the art director. He also created the artwork/package for the soundtrack release of the Academy Award-winning and Golden Globe-winning score for The Social Network, composed by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross.[11]

Sheridan has also become known for his illustration work. In 2007 he began posting artwork and releasing prints on his Sketchblog, which he described as "an exercise in creative discipline - an attempt to get myself to draw more and play around with images and ideas that wouldn't fit in my professional work."[12]

While the original Sketchblog doesn't exist anymore and has been redirected to the homepage [1], Sheridan still offers prints and other merchandise of his artwork on his webstore [2] and Patreon. [3]

Sheridan has also been long known for his work shooting, directing, and editing for other artists and musicians. Recently, in 2015, Sheridan shot, directed, and edited a video for the band The Black Queen called “Ice To Never.” [4] He has also worked with Maynard James Keenan and Tamar Levine to create visuals and ambiance for Puscifer's 2015-2017 shows.


In December 2008, in recognition for his work in Art Direction on the Ghosts I-IV box set, Sheridan was nominated for a Grammy award for "Best Box Set or Limited Edition Package"[13] and in 2013 for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Biographical information from artist's portfolio:,
  2. ^ Sheridan was credited with "web integration" in the liner notes for the 1999 Nine Inch Nails album The Fragile.
  3. ^ Projects listed in artist's portfolio:
  4. ^ Sheridan was credited with "world building" alongside Reznor in the liner notes for Year Zero.
  5. ^ Sheridan, Rob. "analog(one)". Rob Sheridan. Retrieved 7 June 2016.
  6. ^ Sheridan, Rob. "the social network soundtrack art". Rob Sheridan. Retrieved 7 June 2016.
  7. ^ Sheridan, Rob. "date". Twitter. Retrieved 10 September 2018.
  8. ^ Rob Sheridan at IMDb
  9. ^ Trent Reznor (2005-02-26). "Acces". Archived from the original on 2009-04-24. Retrieved 2008-02-01.
  10. ^ a b c "Rob Sheridan". IMDb. Retrieved 6 September 2017.
  11. ^ "the social network soundtrack: artwork by rob sheridan". Retrieved 6 September 2017.
  12. ^ "SketchBlog: About SketchBlog". Archived from the original on 27 July 2010. Retrieved 6 September 2017.
  13. ^ "The 51st Annual Grammy Awards Nominations List - Best Boxed Or Special Limited Edition Package nominees". National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 2009-02-08.

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