TGD’s New Home & What’s Next

Ryan Essmaker
Nov 12, 2019 · 2 min read

The spring of 2014 was a big, exciting time for The Great Discontent. We had come out of a successful Kickstarter campaign for our first print issue and we were smack dab in the middle of production. It was also the first time that I met Hugh Weber. He had invited The Great Discontent to be a part of his conference, OTA, in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Many TGD-alum were also speaking — Baratunde Thurston, Scott Harrison from Charity:water, Kate Bingaman-Burt, Roman Mars, and many others. I remember being impressed with Hugh’s ability to draw together an influential group of speakers and a crowd of eager attendees — even in a smaller city like Sioux Falls. His passion was inspiring.

Fast forward to the present day. If I could label someone as TGD’s biggest fan and individual supporter it would be Hugh, from reading every interview to backing the Kickstarters and offering encouragement at every step. So it was really no surprise when I posted A New Home for TGD that he was one of the first people to reach out. Over the course of the year, I had conversations with many companies and individuals, but it became clear that Hugh was the one to grab the torch.

So I’m excited to announce that Hugh Weber is the new owner of The Great Discontent. We’ve spoken at length about what he has planned for TGD, which not only includes ramping up production on the interviews that you all love, but a much bigger vision which he’s written about here. I will be advising over the next few months and I’m excited to see how TGD grows.

It’s wild turning the page on a project and business that’s been the last 9 years of your life, but I’m eager to move into the next chapter. I’m going to take a little time to rest and think about what’s next, then in December, I’ll be looking for the next challenge. I’m interested in senior level design positions at tech companies with larger cultural implications, especially those in music and music instruments/software, or fitness. If that sounds like you, I’d love to hear more about it.

Here’s to pursuing your discontent.


Ryan Essmaker

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Multidisciplinary designer and photographer living and working Brooklyn. Cofounder and former creative director of @greatdiscontent.

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