Darby R
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Darby started getting paid as a writer at an early age. He got so good at forging notes from his mother, excusing him from class, that other sixth graders gave him their lunch money so they could play hookey, too.

When informed of her son's larcenous activities, his mother is rumored to have said, "Well, he'll either outgrow it or get better at it."

But a real career in writing had to wait. There was a living to be made. So over the next thirty years Darby cycled through myriad careers. He worked in hospital emergency rooms as an x-ray technician in the seventies. He got a graduate degree and was an art professor at the Rhode Island School of Design in the eighties. And he owned and ran three different marketing and design firms through the nineties and two-thousands.

Even though Darby always had a day job, his real passion was writing and his love affair with the written word has been the one constant throughout. He has written extensively for The Huffington Post as well as for his travel blog and has had several books published including three novels.

As the Creative Director of several marketing firms, Darby has produced winning creative for such marquee clients as Nike, Apple and Microsoft to name just a few.

Oh, and in case you were wondering, his mom was right.
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High-tech, high-touch, B2B, B2C, travel, adventure travel, cycling, bicycle touring, telecom, blog, Email, collateral, Web, SEO, branding, identity, creative writing, strategy and tactics, healthcare.


Cycling, hiking, mountain climbing, travel, running, writing, snow skiing.


Rhode Island School of Design

Darby earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in graphic design from the prestigious Rhode Island School of Design. His thesis on design systems, titled "Syntax Of The Visual System" is in the permanent collection of the school's library.

University of Washington

Darby earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the School of Art at the University of Washington.


300 Projects Completed

Darby worked on the Westin Hotels and Resorts account and developed a wide variety of creative campaigns including direct mail, collateral and newsletters. Darby is also a seasoned traveler. In 2013 he circumnavigated the Earth on his bicycle. He pedaled more than twelve-thousand miles through nineteen countries on three continents.

While on his trip he kept a daily blog. At the end of his trip he had well over four-hundred posts. His blog posts have provided material for several travel/adventure books.


100 Projects Completed

Darby has extensive experience writing to a healthcare audience. In his twenty plus years as principal and creative director for several marketing and advertising firms, Darby has created hundreds of marketing and advertising campaigns for such marquee clients as Harrison Hospital,Valley General Medical Centers, Pacific Medical Centers, Sonosite and more.

His thirteen years experience as an x-ray technician gives Darby the depth of knowledge needed to connect with a healthcare audience.


100 Projects Completed

Darby has written extensively about adventure travel. In 2012 he embarked on a bicycle trip around the world. Eighteen months later, he returned home. During that year and a half, Darby kept a daily blog recording his life on the road. Those blog posts have provided the material for several books.

Darby also worked on the Westin Hotels and Resorts account producing winning marketing and advertising campaigns.

Darby continues to wander the Earth by bike and write about it. He is a regular contributor to The Huffington Post as well as to his own travel blog.

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100 Projects Completed

Darby has written extensively on various topics for The Huffington Post. He also keeps a personal blog with more than a thousand posts.


6 Projects Completed

Darby is a published author with six books in print. He has written three novels, a non-fiction and two travel books. He is currently working on a book about his bicycle ride around the world.

Titles include: "Steep", "Snoqualmie Pass", "Think Fast", "Your Three Second Window", "Right Lane Ends" and "How To Ride A Bicycle 'Round The World."

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