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Matt (Woody) Woodman [MISTD], L3 BA(Hons) Graphic Designer, at UWE Bristol
Matt is a passionate, adept and dedicated multi-disciplinary graphic designer with a technical prowess for typography and editorial, implemented across both print and digital media. An awarded member of the International Society of Typographic Designers and true perfectionist he lingers on detail always looking to rationalise and contextualise communication and the applications of design.
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Principled, community minded and morally aware Matt believes that graphic design should be used with integrity as a tool to impart positive social change, influence behaviour, empower individuals and instigate dramatic and direct change in everyday life. Fuelled by a sense that visual communication carries impetus and cultural impact, these values have informed the fundamental preposition of his philosophy: to craft products, communications, behaviour, interactions and traditional design services via a creative process. This leads to the production of practical solutions with significant meaning and value to all users involved.

Savant, night owl, realist, cyclist, libertarian, culture vulture, beard enthusiast and analogue synthesiser fanatic

Design Profile

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Currently seeking
Matt is an ethically and socially conscientious graphic designer living in South Bristol. His multi-disciplinary practice offers creative solutions and design services to a range of industries and patrons including; the arts, creatives (of all practices), charities and non-profit fundraising organisations, educational institutes, funded projects, community initiatives and responsible small local business.

Currently available for opportunities involving;

Contract employment, short-term studio freelancing, internships and work experience, multidisciplinary collaborations (with creatives and individuals of all practices), freelance commission, service quotation, consultation, friendly advice and positive experiences

Previously assisting on projects for;

WesternEye, Santini, UK Cycling, British Sport, Swift Carbon and Millfield School

Design Services

Services include;

Design (including web, digital and print), art-working, concept generation, creative research, workshop and immersive design, copy editing and editorial, print (production, management, pre-press and finishing), web development (and social media integration), web management (updates, amendments and content management), marketing and social media, image correction and aftercare

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Matt takes a modernist, 'less is more', approach to design and visual communication, seeking to distill design interactions into their most concentrate and rational form. This he does predominantly through the applications of rationalised creativity, content curation, reasoned typographic abstraction, photography, composition and conscientious mark making. These themes, and particularly a strong implementation of typography, run in parallel to all of his creative works.

Splitting his practice into three distinct subsections (design creativity / thought / typography) Matt's work unites these disciplines to craft pleasing and meaningful interactions.

Matt's creative works are enforced by a high level of technical skill and knowledge working with the Adobe Creative Suite. This is supported by an understanding of industry standard conventions and current best practice. Immersed in contemporary creative and digital media he is versed in, but not restricted by, current trends of visual communication, design methodology and relevant industry terminology. This understanding extends to Matt's professional design practice and the process that informs his work. Motivated to continue learning Matt is driven autonomously to apply himself to new and ever more complex disciplines that better his practice.


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Print

Matt offers a small bespoke print-making, finishing and art-working service using an A2 custom hand-built silk-screen printing press and an Adana 5×3 British letterpress for the production of short and limited runs.

Digital

Proficient configuring web domains and hosting services alongside industry standard web management applications such as FTP software, Matt is able to offer a digital design, responsive web and UI for app service.

The foundations of this are supported by a sound understanding of current conventions in CSS, HTML, @font-face and basic jQuery mark-up.

Editorial

Strong research, communication and literacy skills coupled with an extensive understanding of standard practice in typographic conventions allows Matt to offer an editorial service that includes; copywriting, type-setting, publication design and book-making.

This involves implementation of a print process from concept and design through to print management, pre-press and finishing (hand-binding, paper mechanics, spot finishes and inserts).

Typography

Matt is well educated in typographic history, type selection for appropriate commmunciation, type-design, conventions, the implementation of special stylings and Adobe Indesign typesetting workflow. An honorary student membership awarded to him by the International Society of Typographic Designers is testament to his skill in this field.

This enables him to offer a typsetting service for all manner of media from full length publications to digital web. Producing finished designs that are composed utilising rigour, consistency, contrast, balance and hierarchy.

Opentype App

The featured opentype web tool allows typographers to assess the extended typsetting capabilities and applications of Opentype (.otf) and Truetype (.ttf) font formats

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This tool developed by Pablo Impallari (impallari.com) and Pablo Cosgaya (omnibus-type.com), based on Fontdrag (fontdragr.com) and Dave Crossland's FontTest, is an open source application which can now be accessed via Github.

Primarily intended for type designers and independent foundries the app is a useful resource for assessing how typefaces will behave on the web. It works simply by the user dragging and dropping the desired .ttf or .otf into the upper zone of the web page. This version of the application requires Firefox 3.6+/Chrome 13+, stores all files on 'localStorage' and has had some visual and technical adaption made to its code for use on this site.

Visit Pablo Impallari's site to learn more.

LAUNCH OPENTYPE APP

Manifesto

A manifesto for professional design practice

The Manifesto for Professional Design Practice is a compilation of rules and consistencies learnt throughout the undertaking of a professional career as a Graphic Designer. This ongoing project is a documentation of the process of learning and discovery that every creative must be subject to in the context of a career in the creative industry.

Coming from experience working with clients, as well as ongoing design research, these guides, observations and documented fallacies will serve as critical reflection on the process of self-directed and professional learning.

This project is a work in progress and will be published soon.

Work

Featured Portfolio

Below may be found a small selection of the most popular, acclaimed and critically received projects in this portfolio for ease of simple and quick navigation. The full portfolio is much more extensive and can be accessed via the site's drop-down navigation menu or simply by scrolling from one project to the next.

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Project 1

Golden Grid System (GGS) splits the screen into 18 even columns.

Project 2

Golden Grid System (GGS) splits the screen into 18 even columns.

Project 3

Golden Grid System (GGS) splits the screen into 18 even columns.

Project 4

Golden Grid System (GGS) splits the screen into 18 even columns.

Contact

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Making contact
Take the first step now. All potential commissions, prospective opportunities and other enquiries will be warmly welcomed and addressed promptly.
Silk-screen printing

Getting in touch

For; contract employment, short-term studio freelancing, internships and work experience please make contact using the supplied mailing form and find downloadable content below (including a CV and sample PDF portfolio).

For; quotation and consultation on any services, freelance commission and multi-disciplinary creative collaborations please make direct contact using either the subscription mailing form or email address provided.

Additional enquiries regarding commission on silk-screen and letterpress print-making services are also welcomed via these channels.

All other enquiries or for friendly advice and more information please do not hesitate to make contact using the contact details provided on this site.

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Matt D Woodman [MISTD]
Creative // Thinker // Typographer
Bristol

(+44) 7730 176 226

info@mdwoodman.co.uk

@MattDWoodman

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Creative Journal

The Creative Journal is a printed publication acting as documentation of all visual experimentation, process, rationale, methodology, observations, techniques and design research related to current personal projects in a specific time period.

It is archived as an educational resource for learning and progression as well as reflection on the development of design practice. This attached version is of low resolution for ease of access and quick download.

Cirriculum Vitae

The attached download contains two versions of an up-dated Cirriculum Vitae, for opposing media platforms. One is optimised for colour printing whilst the other is prepared to be viewed specifically on digital screens. Please use each of the correct versions for their intended mediums.

Downloadable portfolio

Attached is a low resolution promotional portfolio, featuring a small selection of case studies of the most popular, accalimed and critically receieved projects in this portfolio. Some other promotional materials may be added to this over time.

This resource is intended as an accessible reference point, provided specifically for the use of potential clients or employers.