Hello!

I am an interactive designer based in NYC with over 10 years of professional agency experience in web design and development. I've got a lust for typography, layout, branding and illustrating and a serious thing for vector. As a hobby, I design, build and etch guitar effects pedals. Read on or download.

Experience

Freelance
  • • McKinsey
  • • Archibald Ingall Stretton
  • • Prime Access Inc.

NYC, February 2011 – Present

 

Direct Brands Inc.
Art Director
NYC, May 2003 – February 2011
  • • interactive design work and art direction for Doubleday Books, Columbia House, BMG Music, Yourmusic.com and BOMC2
  • • formulate and design visual ideas for corporate web, mobile apps, interactive mailers, site interaction, static and flash ad banners/site features
  • • art direction for the Direct Brands Inc. interactive design team
  • • manage designers and multiple project design schedules

 

Deutsch Inc.
Art Director

NYC, January 2003 – May 2003

 

Fuel NA
Art Director

NYC, November 2002 – January 2003

 

Siegel & Gale
Senior Interactive Designer

NYC, March 2000 – October 2002

 

Rochester Democrat And Chronicle Newspaper
Senior Interactive Designer

Rochester, NY, November 1998 – February 2000

 

Xerox
Interactive Designer
Rochester, NY, 1996 – 1997

Skill Set

Interactive Design – Visual Layout, Graphical User Interface, Navigational Design, Illustration, Icon Design, Logo Design/Branding, Banner Ads / Email Ads, Flash, Mobile App Design

 

Front-End Web Development – HTML / XHTML, HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript, Flash, SEO / SES, WordPress

 

Software – Dreamweaver, Photoshop, Illustrator, Flash, Catalyst, Fireworks, ImageReady, Acrobat, InDesign, Coda, Transmit

 

CMS / eCommerce – WordPress, CRE Loaded, LiteCommerce, Mercantec SoftCart, ShopFactory, Volusion, ZenCart

Education

Rochester Institute of Technology

Graphic Design/Illustration

1993 – 1995

 

Art Institute of Pittsburgh

Visual Communications

1990 – 1993

Client List

  • Doubleday
  • Books
  • BOMC2
  • Columbia House
  • BMG Music
  • Yourmusic.com
  • Volvo
  • Zyrtec
  • Citibank
  • Mirant
  • EStudio Networks
  • Vividot
  • Ellerbe Becket
  • American Express
  • Dow
  • Assouline
  • Gillette
  • Lasker Foundation

Recommendations

Matt is one of the best art directors I've worked with. His unique ability to combine his creative and organizational talents ensured that all projects he and his direct reports managed were submitted on time and according to spec.

 

As an Account Manager, much of my job entails tracking down team members for assets. Matt didn't need to reminders of upcoming due dates – he in fact often delivered ahead of time, in spite of his heavy workload.

 

In addition, Matt's calm, professional demeanor made him a pleasure to work with and he was well liked by all. Needless to say, he certainly helped make my job easier. The team was always extremely satisfied with his creative direction as well – he's clearly quite talented.

 

Matt comes with my highest recommendation and would make an excellent addition to any innovative, forward thinking creative team.

Jessica Slawson

Account Manager

Direct Brands Inc.


Matt is a highly talented and motivated designer. I contact him immediately when I have a project that requires flash animation. I can always count on him to provide me with the most fluid and natural flash animation of the highest quality. He is a great asset for any company and a pleasure to work with.

Stephen Barnard

Web Developer

Forex Capital Markets


Matt is an excellent art director who managed a huge workload with efficiency and good humor. I was always impressed by his appreciation of copy's place in a feature or email. When I sent him copy, he seemed to instinctively know what I was aiming for, and produced results that were as visual dynamic as they were promotionally effective.

Jon Moskowitz

Copywriter

Direct Brands Inc.


I have thumbed through hundreds (& hundreds) of portfolios since working at Siegel & Gale, yet I can still remember the excitement in finding Matt's portfolio online. It was so unique that we did all we could (successfully!) to lure Matt from Rochester to NYC. I highly recommend Matt for any creative role and I hope to work with him again in the future!

Sharon Tepper

Human Resources

Siegel & Gale


Matt is an outstanding designer with a great eye for detail. He's thorough and creative in every project that he tackles.

Bernardo Chevez

Web Developer

BMG Music


Matt is a talented and hard-working designer/art director. I had the pleasure of working with him from 2006-2008, and he was a consistently strong and diligent member of my team. In addition to this, he has an easy-going, no-drama manner that is a refreshing asset to any creative department.

Amanda Dulkinys

Art Director

Columbia House


Matt rocks in every sense of the word. He's just as talented and multi-dextrous sitting at his desk jamming on carefully crafted riffs of code and design as he is on stage slinging a six string. Matt understands that design and functionality along with successful ROI all lead to a perfect melody--one that's pleasing to clients and creatives. I highly recommend Matt and hope to one day jam at work with him again.

Gil Arevalo

Copywriter

BMG Music


I worked with Matt on a wide array of projects across a number of the businesses within Direct Brands. No matter how many changes in direction, timing, and versions we made, Matt never missed a beat. He offered unique and original creatives and was able to take our abstract thoughts - and doodles - and turn them into polished pieces. I know without a doubt that we tapped into only a fraction of what Matt is capable of. When I put together a group of people from marketing, creative, copy, and IT to brainstorm about new ideas, Matt consistently fueled discussions and brought to our attention exciting things that other companies and sites were doing.

 

Matt doesn't just reside within the creative bubble. He is able to understand how marketing wants to express something even when the ideas are loose. My only regret is that the w orkflow and culture did not allow us to work in reverse with people like Matt bringing their ideas to marketing more.

 

Matt is a talented artist and designer, but also understands how those areas work within the overall business of a company. I hope to find a way to work with Matt again in the future

Greg Bergida

Marketing

Direct Brands Inc.


Matt's a top notch designer, especially skilled in vector graphics, page layout design and multimedia. Unlike most designers, he can also hard code front-end display languages like HTML. Matt's good at explaining concepts and giving concise how-to's on programs and design technique.

Tim Shayakhmetov

Interactive Designer

BMG Music