VERMONT COLLEGE OF FINE ART (VCFA)
Matt Scott Barnes is a graphic designer living in Louisville KY with his amazing girlfriend, Kelly Scheurich and two beastly dogs. He works most of the day in his studio/gallery (Studio Post Office) on client work for small businesses, bands, and some large corporations. Also, bimonthly putting together gallery shows featuring lowbrow up and coming artists. Matt grew up in Nashville TN playing in punk bands and collaging flyers for promotions. Throughout his life, consumption of comics and music has influenced his career direction. Today, Matt is a student at Vermont College of Fine Arts obtaining his Masters in Graphic Design. He has the goal of giving back by teaching future designers.
WHERE WERE YOU BORN AND WHERE DO YOU LIVE NOW?
I was born in Nashville TN and currently I live in Louisville KY.
LEFTY OR RIGHTY?
MORNING PERSON OR NIGHT OWL?
I hate waking up early. I usually get to the studio around 10am.
FICTIONAL OR HISTORICAL CHARACTER YOU’VE ALWAYS IDENTIFIED WITH?
Tom Skeleton from Ray Bradbury’s The Halloween Tree
ARE YOU MUSICAL AND/OR DO YOU PLAY AN INSTRUMENT?
I used to play guitar and bass in bands, now collect equipment.
FAVORITE CHILDHOOD TV SHOW?
Pee Wee’s Playhouse
LAST BOOK YOU READ?
Radio Silence: A Selected Visual History of American Hardcore Music by Nathan Nedorostek + Anthony Pappalardo
Two dogs, Dr. Joon Doom Stevenson, a Lab Retriever, and Alice the Junkyard Dog, a Maltese Poodle
WHAT LANGUAGES ARE YOU FLUENT IN?
Barely speaking English over here
1979 – The Warriors
FAVORITE FINE ARTIST?
All-time Edie Harper, current Jesse Treece
FAVORITE FREE TIME ACTIVITY?
LAST COMPLIMENT YOU GOT?
My girlfriend said my facial hair was looking better.
DO YOU COLLECT ANYTHING?
Japanese Vinyl Toys, Vintage Mopeds, Comics, Vintage Mickey and Snoopy Toys, Screen Prints and other art
COLOR USED MOST OFTEN IN YOUR DESIGN?
TYPEFACE USED MOST OFTEN?
GREATEST STRENGTH/WEAKNESS AS A DESIGNER?
Efficient with physical materials/I use crutches.
IF YOU WERE NOT A DESIGNER, WHAT WOULD YOU BE?
I have a love for curation so I’d run a gallery and storefront.
A MANTRA OR SAYING YOU LIVE BY?
Anything that gets your blood racing is probably worth doing. ‑ Hunter S Thompson