Ryan Catalani

Ryan Catalani

focuses on meaningful projects at the
intersection of art, storytelling, and technology.


Selected recent press

  • “Catalani … ironically devised the calculator on one of Emerson’s snow days. … According to Catalani, the calculator ignited conversations about the strong feelings inherent in most students’ relationships with their education.”
    Feb. 19, 2015 • The Heights
  • “Emerson College’s newspaper The Berkeley Beacon lives up to the school’s reputation of being so freakin’ innovative by creating an interactive feature on their website called the ‘snow calculator.’”
    Feb. 10, 2015 • Boston Magazine Blog
  • “You could tell by the way he looked around the room that he truly believes in the creative spirit of Emerson, and of the good that can come out through sharing and partaking in discussion about one another’s work.”
    Jan. 15, 2015 • The Luminary
  • “‘We’re honored to receive these awards,’ said Catalani, the editor-in-chief. ‘Of course, what really motivates us is making a difference at Emerson by telling our community’s stories.’”
    Dec. 4, 2014 • Emerson College
  • “‘Proyecto Boston-Medellin gives life and shape to Emerson’s highest priorities and we are proud to celebrate this remarkable work,’ [President M. Lee] Pelton said.”
    April 24, 2014 • Emerson College
  • “‘The presentation of their work on the 10th floor of the Walker Building transformed that space into a gallery like no other, viewed by 1,500 people in five months,’ [President M. Lee] Pelton said.”
    April 23, 2014 • The Berkeley Beacon

Recent accolades

  • Outstanding Student
    Emerson College 2012-2014 Community Service Report • Aug. 13, 2014
  • Outstanding Web Design
    EVVY Awards • For The Berkeley Beacon • April 27, 2014
  • Spirit of Emerson Award
    Emerson College • With Proyecto Boston-Medellín • April 22, 2014

Selected recent writing

  • “[Sylvia] Spears, along with a new generation of top administrators at Emerson, said she is working to deepen the commitment to diversity at a school that was once so dominated by white, upper-class, Jewish students that it was nicknamed ‘Emerstein.’”
    Jan. 22, 2015 • The Berkeley Beacon
  • “On top of the standard-issue wood dresser in an otherwise unexceptional Little Building dorm room lies a device unlike anything else that exists on campus — or the world.”
    April 17, 2014 • The Berkeley Beacon
  • “Although it is easy to think of diversity as simply increasing the shades of skin on campus, it must be about much more. A real commitment to diversity would necessarily reflect a rejection of the centuries-old structures meant to limit access and support to only a privileged few.”
    April 2, 2014 • The Berkeley Beacon
  • “In this world where digital interactions increasingly overshadow physical ones, where attention spans are measured in ever-shorter units, and where sarcasm is safer than sincerity, the pure, uninhibited affection that dogs give us becomes ever more valuable.”
    March 13, 2014 • The Berkeley Beacon
  • “What we experience in our daily lives informs what we create, and to view others through limited perspectives today can only lead to simplistic representations in the future.”
    Jan. 29, 2014 • The Berkeley Beacon