© 2019 by Matt Bell

I've often wondered if I'm doing what I'm "supposed" to be doing with my life. But when I look back, I see little glimpses of tendencies I've had, actions I've taken, all of which have helped define where I am today. As a kid, it was Legos that all had to be the same color to complete the build and then styling them for a photoshoot with my Dad’s medium-format camera. It was keeping all my magazines PRISTINE and not tattered, and even organizing my Haribo gummy bears by color before DEVOURING them. All of these a forecast of what was to come, developing an eye for details and desire for things to be just right...PARTICULAR.

 

Little did I know how great those principles would serve me later in life. I think one of the best ways to find what you’re “supposed” to do in life is to find the things you can’t HELP but do. For me, that’s continuing to apply a critical eye to the things I create and applying a critical process to the problems that are brought before me as a designer. Now, as a husband and a father, the STAKES are much higher, but the pursuit is still the same, to make things I’m proud of, things that are just right. 

 

Come to think of it, I’m still making things the right color so they look good for the photoshoot…

Husband. Dad. Cyclist. Camper. Canoe...er.
Design Junkie.
Brand Whore.

MARCH 2014 - PRESENT

FREELANCE DESIGN PROFESSIONAL DENVER, CO

Work includes Branding, Corporate Identity, Naming and Themeing, Print Collateral Design, Web Design, Video Production, Motion Graphics and Illustration for businesses and national agencies. 

 

MARCH 2013 - FEBRUARY 2014

CREATIVE DIRECTOR TWIST INTEGRATED MARKETING, ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI

Work included Branding, Corporate Identity and related collateral, Naming and Themeing, Retail Interior and Exterior Graphics, Employee Uniforms, Brochure design, Direct Mail, Packaging, Web Design, Advertisements including product photography for use in Advertising. Shot and directed Video for online use and performed as Voice-Over artist. Clients included: Lodging Hospitality Management, Sophisticated Living Magazine,
Ronocco Coffee.

 

DECEMBER 2008-MARCH 2013

ASSOCIATE CREATIVE DIRECTOR FALK HARRISON, ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI

Work included Branding including Brand Standards documents, Corporate Identity and related collateral, Naming and Themeing, Annual Reports, Brochure design, Advertisements, Direct Mail, Posters, Packaging, and Web Design. Shot portrait photography for use in Annual Reports and product photography for use in sales literature. Shot and edited Video for various uses and performed as Voice-Over artist. Clients included: Express Scripts, O’Reilly Autoparts, Monsanto, Sigma-Aldrich, Harris Regulators, Inergy Holdings.

 

FEBRUARY 2007-JUNE 2008

ASSOCIATE CREATIVE DIRECTOR FLEISHMAN-HILLARD, ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI

Work included Corporate Identity and collateral, Brochure design, Advertisements, Direct Mail, Posters, and Packaging. Clients included: Gatorade, AT&T, Visa, Yahoo!, Olin. 

 

OCTOBER 2005 - JANUARY 2007

DESIGNER VSA PARTNERS INC., ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI

Work included Corporate Identity and collateral, Brochure design, Advertisements, and RFP’s. Primary clients included: Caterpillar Inc., Enterprise Rent-A-Car. 

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