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MEET DESIGNER

Ben Ruch

I also go by “Ruch” (like the chess piece). I’m an aspiring weekend golfer who designs by day and lays back with a cold beer by night.

ROAD TO SPITBALL

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    FIRST JOB

    PARTY CORNER

    The concept of celebration and festivities was instilled in my blood from a very young age. Working at my parents' party rental and retail store for upwards of 8 years taught me the value of a hard-earned day's work (even if that day is 18 hours long). From stocking shelves and blowing up balloons, to driving the delivery truck, to setting up a tent for a wedding, I learned that each day is a new adventure.

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    FREELANCE GIGS

    In order to sharpen my design skills (and earn some extra cash), I've worked on a handful of projects over the years. These include DVD artwork for the award-winning movie 'Exit 117', a coffee table book for the 50th anniversary of Lake Gaston, and branding for some local small businesses.

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    EDUCATION

    THE COLLEGE OF NEW JERSEY

    Graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BFA in Graphic Design... and a minor in beer pong championships.

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    INTERNSHIP

    NRG HOME SOLAR

    Immediately after graduating, I began a design internship within the marketing department, a position which they did not offer at the time but created after my interview. What was meant to be a 3-month stint transformed into an internship lasting half a year.

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    SPITBALL

    DESIGNING LOCAL

    As is often the case with most designers from New Jersey, I was most likely going to end up either designing within the pharmaceutical industry or unwillingly commuting into the city. Luckily, I was able to find an amazing agency right around the corner that I am fortunate enough to call home.

DID YOU KNOW RUCH...

HAS FLOWN A SINGLE PROP PIPER CHEROKEE AIRPLANE

With proper supervision, of course.

DID YOU KNOW RUCH...

PEAKED IN MIDDLE SCHOOL, BEING NAMED SALUTATORIAN

Second place ain't all that bad.

DID YOU KNOW RUCH...

CAN RELATE ANY MOMENT IN HIS LIFE BACK TO SEINFELD

These pretzels are making me thirsty!

RAPID FIRE SPITBALLS

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    Lake Gaston

    Place I never get tired of

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    Ben Jammin'

    I'll answer to

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    Bill Murray

    Book me a tee time with

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    Oktoberfest in Germany

    The best experience ever