ABOUT ME

Highly creative and multi-disciplined artist, graphic designer and art director with extensive experience in branding, print, web design and motion graphics. I am accustomed to performing in deadline-driven, collaborative environments with a focus on working within budget requirements. I have been a contracted designer for 10 years working with a multitude of clients. From small businesses, start ups, non profits, corporations, publishing companies and many others. Including over four years agency experience, both on location and telecommute. Working with creative directors, project managers and art directors to complete contracted work or assigned shots.

My background is diverse, but also know that life is about balance and having more then just my work. When I am not creating you can find me in middle earth questing to slay dragons, traveling to dagobah brushing up on my jedi skills, playing air guitar that would rival Odin himself or just chasing my mini human at the playground. The things I love to do, my personality, my experience in life all culminate to make me a unique artist like no other.


HUSBAND
FATHER
ART DIRECTOR
DESIGNER
LECTURER
NERD
COFFEE LOVER
GARDENER
MUSIC CONNOISSEUR
SCOTCH DRINKER
STAR WARS JUNKIE
CONCERT ENJOYER
OVER ALL GOOD GUY

 

I'M NOT NORMAL & THAT'S A GOOD THING!

I'm not you average run of the mill designer; in fact I am quite the opposite. I am very passionate about design and have quite a diverse background which makes me more than average. I am a multi-disciplined designer creating tasty dishes of design awesomeness for many years. And just like the fore mentioned food innuendo, ingredients have to contain many parts to be fulfilling. I am loyal, hard working, forward thinking, dedicated, highly creative, reliable and an innovative creative professional. Aged and seasoned with over 10 years of experience, which means I am top shelf quality.

SOFTWARE

  • Photoshop 95%
  • Illustrator 80%
  • InDesign 78%

  • After Effects 87%
  • Primiere Pro 85%
  • HTML/CSS 30%

OTHER SKILL SETS

Team management, creative direction, client relations, creative problem solver, multi-tasking, public speaking, powerpoint/keynote presentations, instructional design, team building and collaboration.

Beginner/Intermediate knowledge and experience with HTML/CSS. Able to build basic web sites, customize advanced templates and develop/customize Wordpress themes.

Proficient with current Mac and PC OS, Final Cut Pro, Screen flow, Google Docs, Excel, Word, Powerpoint, Keynote, Pages and Numbers. Familiar with using project management and data management software; Trello, Base camp, InVision, Concept Share and Go To Meetings/Training.



Amazingly dedicated, efficient and creative, that’s Matt. I've contracted with Matt on over 200 projects. Think about it….that’s equivalent to 200 recommendations! His creative approach and attention to detail is spot on. When time is of the essence, he delivers. When out-of-the-box thinking is needed, he destroys the box. Matt is one heck of a resource and it’s a pleasure working with him.

Thomas Latiolais

Creative Director, Bizzuka, Inc.

He's punctual, professional, and responsive to notes and critique. When commissioned to create a graphic for my animated pilot, he didn't just respond with two or three ideas; he responded with twelve. He also asked lots of good questions about the story in order to ensure his work reflected the universe accurately. Artists like this are few and far between, and I would happily work with him again in future projects.

T.J. Fixman

Writer, Past Midnight

Matt has been my graphic designer +++ for 2 years. I put graphic designer +++ because he brings so much more than just graphic design. Matt has an incredible gift for translating my ideas that seem random and unrelated into tangible, effective, high quality marketing materials. He offers so much with his work, beyond the actual design. He is extremely dependable, creative, knowledgeable, intuitive and skilled and has a true genius for making things looks beautiful and capturing the essence of my brand. He has designed my logo, my business cards, my website, my exterior signs, my gift certificates, design elements for my book and more. I constantly get compliments on everything he has designed for my business. I highly recommend his work...he is a rare gem and I am so glad to work with him.

Dr. Samadhi Artemisa

Owner, InJoy Healthcare

Matt is an excellent designer and very creative problem solver. He works very diligently to reach a solution that will solve your communication needs and stand out in a very unique way. Matt is also a pleasure to work with!

Eric Blackmore

Art Director, Blackmore Design

Matt has been my go-to designer for many years.  He is extremely professional, organized, and meticulous when it comes to mapping out the client's needs.  He brings exceptionally creative content to the table, while keeping the client's goals in mind.  I have come to him with unformed ideas and mismatched examples of my work, with no clue as to how I wanted them to be implemented.  Matt worked with me through my incomprehensible ramblings, and he managed to encompass all of my work into a cohesive design that gives me room to grow my brand.  I am so proud to show my logo and branding in any networking situation, as I feel that it represents a very unique, professional, and well polished explanation of my brand.  I'd highly recommend Matt D. Smith to anyone!

Jessica Dunbar

Business Owner, JDunbar Collections

Working with Matt on my logo was fun and easy. He provides a professional service while keeping the personal touch of actually caring about your brand as if it was his own. He is easy to work with and has the eye for great graphic design. He had my final logo within the first draft of options. He took the reference I provided of logos I liked and created the perfect logo that matches not only my personality but my company brand!

Breanna Lane

Business Owner, Pieces & Bits