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Matthew Knudsen

Designer

Brooklyn, NY, USA
Hallo, I’m Matt.

I’m a designer, artist and musician, living in New York.

I’m always seeking any working relationship that involves telling a great story in a truly unique and exciting way — Working with brilliant and talented people, whether it be through art direction / design / any form under the sun. My pursuit of this has yielded visual identities, animations, words, good ideas, bad ideas, video production, sloppy paintings, motion graphics / 3D animation, websites, digital ads, and lettering made of peanuts.

And if you’re down, I’d love to jam with you.


Dream Client / Collaborations:

The Smashing Pumpkins, Larry David, Café Bustelo Coffee, The Reverb Appreciation Society, Factory Records, Arsenal Football Club, US Soccer, Any Bodega in NYC, Nike, Unión Argentina de Rugby, New Zealand Rugby, USA Rugby, World Rugby, Auckland Rugby Union, Formula One, Channel 4, Jerry Seinfeld, Ahmad Jamal; The Estates of: Christopher Hitchens, JD Salinger, Stanley Kubrick, Tupac Shakur, Jimi Hendrix, and Ian Curtis.


Current Client List:

Dish, Dish Latino, McDonalds, iCanvas, BabyBel, The Altria Group, Nabisco

Work Experience

Icanvas

Senior Art Director

Worked with the in-house team on refreshing visual identity, web design UX/UI, marketing materials, video production, and general brand direction.
August 2014 - July 2015 Illinois, United States

Havas Worldwide Chicago

Digital Designer

Worked with a small and dedicated team on-boarding Dish as a new client, re-invigorating their digital presence with several integrated campaigns. Deliverables included banner ads, microsites, landing pages, animations, and other digital projects.
August 2013 - July 2014 Illinois, United States

Freelance

Freelance Contract Designer

Worked with firms such as Leo Burnett, Plan B, Inc, and Weber Shandwick, Art Directing with clients like McDonald’s, The Altria Group, Nabisco, and Milk. Projects have included work in interactive, print, digital marketing, presentation design, motion graphics storyboarding, and band merchandise.
August 2011 - Present Chicago, Illinois, United States

Creative Go Round

Design Intern

Directed projects, including research, making design decisions, and client meetings. Also collaborated with other project leaders. Took on print, web, and motion graphics projects at various stages of development, including visual identity concepting, animated logo bumps, infographics, program booklets, custom blog themes, and e-blasts.
April 2011 - August 2011 Illinois, United States

Education

Morningside College

BA Graphic Design

January 2009 - January 2011 Sioux City, Iowa, United States

Awards

AIGA Nebraska

Silver Medal - Student

200911

AIGA Nebraska

Silver Medal - Student

201011

'Testimonials'

“Matt is a creative dynamo with an impeccable work ethic. There is no job too big or small that he doesn’t commit to fully. This is a trait that isn’t learned, it’s quite frankly who he is and that makes him an irreplaceable part of any team that he works on. I highly recommend Matt for any team that is looking for someone who is never short on great ideas and has the skill and drive to make those ideas into great work.”

Dave Cuesta
Design Director, Havas WW Chicago
Mentor / Lifetime Boss

“Matt has what every company wants - good work ethic, optimism, and a desire to be mentored and learn. He’s capable of honing his skills on his own but can sometimes fall into paralysis of choice - as he’s quite good at many skills relevant to the creative field ranging from digging in to custom typography all the way to shredding Jimi Hendrix on his electric guitar. He can take creative direction exceptionally well - in fact he’s hungry for it. He listens with empathy and applies his own knowledge to make concepts great. He knows when to ask for feedback and has a strong understanding of the creative process from many angles. The biggest challenge with Matt, and he’s getting much better with this as time progresses, is communication. He can be a bit bottled up and on the quiet side - so sometimes over-communicating with him helps to know you’re on the same page. In my opinion it is very worth it and with every new project he gets more confident and comes further out of his shell to become a better communicator. Give him a chance and he’ll be loyal and make great work and continue to build his own creative confidence. He’d make a shining employee in a small shop environment where he could wear many hats or in a broad-thinking department where he could apply his many skills in a larger firm.”

Kyle Fletcher
Freelance Designer, fmr. IDEO
Mentor / Associate