DESIGNER, ILLUSTRATOR + ART DIRECTOR, MATT LEHMAN STUDIO, NASHVILLE TN
Matt Lehman has worked in graphic design specializing in advertising and branding for 10+ years. He began his career at Anderson Design Group in Nashville TN. After that he spent three years as senior designer for CMT/MTV Networks focusing on show identities and the network rebrand in 2009. In 2010, he formed Matt Lehman Studio working for brands such as ESPN, Harper Collins, The Atlantic, Esquire, NASA, Nickelodeon and Warner Brothers Records to name a few.
WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE A YOUNG DESIGNER JUST STARTING OUT?
Be intentional and purposeful with your time, talent, career, money, relationships and trajectory. Work incredibly hard, but don’t make graphic design everything.
HOW DOES WHERE YOU WERE BORN, GREW UP OR LIVE NOW EFFECT YOUR DESIGN SENSIBILITY OR STYLE?
I was born in rural Indiana. I grew up there, Washington DC and Nashville TN. I currently live in Nashville. Nashville has been labeled a new “it” city. This makes it full of young people making inspiring things which pushes everyone to improve his or her craft.
Everything but earth tones
Trade Gothic, but trying to graduate from it
Designspiration, Pinterest, Grantland
FAVORITE TV SHOW?
The entire ESPN 30 for 30 series
What is the What, To Kill A Mockingbird, Bossypants, A Whole New Mind
Shawshank Redemption, Michael Clayton
FAVORITE MUSICIANS OR BANDS?
Phoenix, Tycho, Wild Nothing, Washed Out, old U2, needtobreathe, old 60s and 70s obscure funk
FAVORITE FINE ARTISTS?
Robert Motherwell, Andy Warhol, Geoff McFetridge, Stina Persson, Evan Hecox
GREATEST STRENGTH AS A DESIGNER?
Overcommitting, time management
TALENT YOU WISHED YOU POSSESSED?
Scheduling and time management (see weakness above)… also programming
IF YOU WERE NOT A DESIGNER, WHAT WOULD YOU BE?
Probably history teacher or a copywriter
A MANTRA OR SAYING YOU LIVE BY?
Remember what’s truly important in life