Rob Sheridan

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Rob Sheridan
Rob Sheridan controlling stage lighting instruments
Rob Sheridan with How to Destroy Angels in 2013
Born (1979-10-11) October 11, 1979 (age 38)
Nationality American
Education Pratt Institute
Known for Art director, graphic designer, writer, photographer
Notable work The Slip
Ghosts I-IV
Year Zero

Rob Sheridan (born October 11, 1979) is an American graphic designer, Art director, and photographer 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 widely known for his analog glitch art.[5][6]

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]

Recently Sheridan has been working with Trent Reznor on his other band How to Destroy Angels as the art director, and co-producing a miniseries for HBO based on Nine Inch Nails' 2007 Year Zero album/ARG.[10] 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]


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. ^ Rob Sheridan on IMDb
  8. ^ Trent Reznor (2005-02-26). "Acces". Archived from the original on 2009-04-24. Retrieved 2008-02-01. 
  9. ^ a b c "Rob Sheridan". IMDb. Retrieved 6 September 2017. 
  10. ^ "I Am Rob Sheridan, Creative Director for Nine Inch Nails. AMA • r/IAmA". reddit. 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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