829 Studios is a growing team and one of our most recent additions to 829 is Art Director, Matt Brown. I chatted with Matt about his interest in design and his background.

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Tell me about yourself. Where are you from, where did you go to school?

Hey! I was born and raised in New England. More specifically, good ol’ Stoneham, Massachusetts. I went to Umass Dartmouth, where I studied Graphic Design, and ever since then I’ve had a keen interest in branding and web design.

How did you become interested in art and design?

As early as preschool, I can remember always having a passion for drawing. When I was in elementary school I had a sketchbook where I’d challenge myself to draw mazes, “Where’s Waldo” type scenarios, and even typographic studies where I’d write my name in 100+ font treatments on one page. In high school, my peers were kind enough to vote me as “most artistic,” but I didn’t take it seriously until I enrolled in an architectural drawing class my senior year. It was during this course where I saw how design can be used to solve problems and make people’s lives easier.

What are you looking forward to most with working at 829?

Before joining 829 Studios, I was an avid fan of the agency and the talented designers who worked here. I’m so fortunate to work with this crew and am most excited about getting the opportunity to collaborate with this team of highly talented individuals. I also enjoy looking at processes and best practices to see where I can help make efforts more efficient.

What is your favorite thing about being an Art Director?

I enjoy establishing and refining design systems that are both beautiful and functional. It’s a unique challenge when you need to look at the smallest design detail while simultaneously understanding how that element fits within the big picture. Within the same vein, I also enjoy focusing on user needs and making sure our clients get a design that reflects their business goals.

What is your advice for staying creative?

Staying creative is no doubt one of the more challenging aspects of being a designer. I think one of the best techniques for achieving this happens when you challenge your own ideas. If you begin putting boundaries or limitations in place it can force you to start thinking more creatively to solve the problem at hand.

Go ahead, and take a sip of hot coffee from your mug … but don’t use your hands. You’ll start to think creatively then!

Favorite thing to do in your free time?

In my free time, you can often find me working through a bucket of golf balls at the driving range, trying my hand at woodworking/DIY projects, or playing with my dog Max.

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