Hello, Team TGD here. We are Tina Essmaker (Editor in Chief), Ryan Essmaker (Creative Director), and Brad Smith (Publisher). If you aren't familiar, The Great Discontent is a print and online magazine featuring inspiring conversations with today’s artists, makers, and risk-takers.
The three of us have done a variety of work over the years before teaming up. Prior to pursuing creative work, Tina earned a Bachelor's Degree in Social Work from Wayne State University in Detroit and spent twelve years working with runaway and homeless youth. After leaving Michigan to move to New York in April 2012, she transitioned into freelance copywriting and served as Community Manager at Crush & Lovely for one year before focusing on TGD full-time.
Ryan previously founded and ran a small design shop in his home state of Michigan for several years while pursuing music ventures on the side. In 2011, he and Tina started publishing The Great Discontent online, which opened the door to amazing opportunities and eventually led him to New York. There, Ryan worked as creative director and product designer at Crush & Lovely for two years before focusing on TGD full-time.
Brad is a New York-based entrepreneur. Most recently he was the CEO and co-founder of Virb, a DIY website builder, which was acquired by GoDaddy in 2013. Prior to Virb he was the founder of a design studio named Neubix, which later merged with Boston-based UMI to co-create a mid 00's hit—a music social network named PureVolume. Brad is survived by a pair of running shoes, a novel he never published, and more Post-it™ pads than any human should ever own.
In January 2014, Ryan & Tina quit their day jobs to focus on TGD full-time. In October 2014, they joined forces with Brad, a longtime friend and colleague, to form Wayward Wild, an NYC-based publlishing studio and TGD's parent company.
Ask us about our past experiences, our current work with TGD, or anything at all. We'll be answering questions today, Fri. Nov. 13th, beginning at 1pm Eastern.