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Matthew Manos is a social entrepreneur that is dedicated to disrupting the way the design industry operates. Matthew began his freelance career at the age of 16 (2005), which is the same year he took on his first pro-bono client. Three years later, he founded a verynice design studio (2008), a design and innovation consultancy that dedicates over 50% of its efforts toward free services for non-profit organizations. Matthew has helped build over 300 brands in every sector and industry across the globe, and his studio works with a diverse clientele that range from Fortune 500 companies to small local shops. As of 2012, verynice has also provided over $500,000 worth of pro bono design and consulting services in 6 continents to 175+ organizations thanks to our team of 100+ international volunteers. Clients include The United Nations, MTV Networks, Edison International, Facebook, Toyota, Kaiser Permanente, Disney, and Human Rights Campaign.

Matthew’s work and ideas have been published in 100+ print and online venues internationally including Forbes, The Guardian, The Huffington Post, and Wired Magazine. He is also a contributing writer for Social Earth and Beautiful/Decay Magazine. Matthew speaks regularly at events and institutions across the United States including TEDx, Social Enterprise Alliance, UCLA. Matthew’s current research investigates the cultural relevance of “pro-bono,” business as a medium for critical inquiry, and the development of systems that facilitate radical approaches to entrepreneurship. Representative of his passion for connecting the fields of design and business, in the summer of 2012, Matthew pioneered the first class on entrepreneurship in the UCLA School of Arts and Architecture. He holds a BA in Design Media Arts from UCLA (2010), and an MFA in Media Design from the Art Center College of Design (2012).

Here’s some of Matthew’s work!


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Mary Kate McDevitt is a letterer and illustrator living and working in Portland, OR. Mary Kate graduated from Tyler School of Art in 2007 with a degree in Graphic Design and Illustration. She worked as a designer at a studio in Lancaster, PA for 2 years. In 2010, Mary Kate moved out to Portland, OR to pursue a career as a freelance illustrator and artist. MORE…

Mary Kate currently works out of her studio, Magnetic North in NE Portland but is prepared for another cross-country move, this time headed to Brooklyn, NY. Mary Kate is still available for North Western collaborations, as she will most definitely need an excuse to visit Portland.

When Mary Kate is not in the studio, she enjoys drinking coffee, thrifting, riding bikes, watching News Radio with her boyfriend Fred DiMeglio and redecorating her house. You can follow Mary Kate on twitter for random musings, news and updates and photos of Peppy Mew Mew.


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January 30th at 2pm.

Tom Muller is a Belgian-born, London-based graphic designer who is no stranger to multitasking or collaborative projects. After receiving his MA in Graphic and Advertising Design from Antwerp’s Royal Academy of Fine Arts, he’s held positions at Vir2L Studios Europe and Mam Tor™ Publishing, regularly conspires on web- and print-based projects with artist Ashley Wood and currently serves as Creative Director at Kleber Design Ltd. Behance sat down with Tom to hear his thoughts on organization, his creative process and positive client interactions.


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Hailing from Ithaca, NY Tyler Finck began his creative explorations as a film student before turning to design. Now, he wields a dashing portfolio of interesting projects that range from music albums to font faces. Although we encounter some technical difficulty (lag) during our talk, he charms the audience with his unassuming demeanor.

Finck’s Bio:
Maker of many things, including 1 human.

I grew up in the south of Maine, where I explored the ocean in the summer and the mountains in the winter. I studied in upstate New York where I made drawings, movies and photographs for grades but never went outside. I welcomed a son into this world where we both make stories, songs, pictures and delicious meals. Since 2005 I’ve made a living by creating unique visual and aural experiences for clients, companies, family, friends, and sometimes just me. I love what I do, and I try to do a lot.


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Hyperakt is an independent NYC design firm with a passion for creating work that effects change in the world around us: meaningful design for the common good.

By having a bigger purpose, it just might be that Hyperakt’s building a 21st century design studio:the crucible of big, world-changing ideas.
– Harvard Business Review

Hyperakt works with clients who fight for justice,celebrate culture and diversity, spread knowledge and engage in social entrepreneurship.

Deroy Peraza
Principal + Creative Director

@deroyperaza on twitter
Deroy Peraza was born in Havana, Cuba. He has a BFA from Parsons the New School of Design and is a founding partner and creative director at Hyperakt.

Deroy loves working at the crossroads of social entrepreneurship and design, and relentlessly searches for meaningful challenges. He loves juggling vastly different projects, such as data visualizations, brand identities, website interfaces and inventing products such as and role at Hyperakt is to provide creative and visionary leadership and mentorship for the Hyperaktivisits, as well as being a hands on designer.

Deroy taught at Parsons for four years and regularly speaks about design. He has lived in five countries and loves to travel. A die-hard FC Barcelona fan, Deroy currently lives in Brooklyn with his wife Jenna and son Luco.


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Founder/Photographer @LostInConcert, Senior Designer @McGuffinCG, Programming Chair @AIGAChicago, Tastemaker @Do312

Lost In Concert is a web publication focused on the live music experience. We strive to capture once in a lifetime concert moments in photos and print in an effort to keep the concert experience alive forever.


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photo courtesy of Chris Casciano

About Jason

Jason Pamental has worked on the web since 1994. With a background in design and an intimate understanding of technology and its application on the web, he has led creative and technical teams for NFL and America’s Cup teams, Fortune 25 and technology corporations and many other clients, serving in both creative and technical roles. A passionate advocate of web standards and accessibility, Jason embraces new developments in web typography and responsive design as the next logical evolution in usability, search and maintenance of complex web systems.

In addition to his consulting practice, Jason speaks about Responsive Design, Web Typography and Web Strategy at conferences and pretty much anywhere people will listen. When that’s not happening he’s usually hanging out with his family or following @aProperCollie around Turner Reservoir in the morning, posting photos on Instagram.

…and for entertainment purposes – my Instagram page

…this is my ‘anti-computer therapy


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Randy is currently Creative Director at Etsy. Prior to Etsy, he co-founded Supermarket, a curated design marketplace. Originally from Orlando, FL, he relocated to New York City to earn an MFA in Design from the School of Visual Arts.

Randy was included in PRINT’s New Visual Artists 2009 and STEP Inside Design’s Field Guide To Emerging Talent 2008. His work has also been honored by the Type Directors Club, HOW, Communication Arts, the ONE show, and the American Advertising Association.

He lectures on design entrepreneurs and design responsibility. He has been a guest critic at Parsons The New School for Design, The Cooper Union, and Mississippi State University. His writing and interviews have appeared in PRINT magazine, Massive Change, VOICE AIGA Journal of Design, Speak Up, Lemon magazine, and other publications.

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Erik Marinovich is a letterer and designer based in San Francisco. He is a co-founder of Friends of Type and has worked for clients such as New York Times, New York Magazine, Newsweek, The Atlantic Monthly, Wired, Metropolis magazine, GAP, Diageo, Nike; while also freelancing for various studios such as: Landor, Brand Union, Greatworks, Anomaly in New York. He was recently named LetterCult’s Person of the Year 2011 and in 2012 co-founded Titlecase, a lettering and design studio with fellow letterer Jessica Hische.


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The great Khoi Vinh and I discuss the challenges he faced during his tenure as the Design Director at and all of the great things he’s been doing since. Including the FREE iOS app, Mixel – which automatically combines your photos into fun, beautiful collages. You can see his thoughts on design and culture on his blog,


Secret Origin
I was born on 03 Dec 1971 in Saigon, Viet Nam, and three and a half years later, I immigrated to the United States with my father, mother, sister and one aunt. I grew up in Gaithersburg, Maryland and attended Gaithersburg High School, where I graduated in 1989.
School, Career
Shortly thereafter, my family moved to Orange County, California, and I attended Otis College of Art and Design. There, I majored in communication design with a focus on illustration, but by the time I graduated in 1993, I had already decided to become a graphic designer. In the years following, I worked in traditional print design, but in 1998 I moved to New York and began practicing design almost exclusively for the Web and other interactive media.
In 2001, I joined several colleagues from my previous employer (who shuttered their design operation in that year’s market downturn) in founding Behavior, a design studio. I helped manage and run the company for four very successful years, and I left on good terms on 31 Dec 2005.
In 2006, I became Design Director for where I built and led a team of world class user experience designers and remade the way design is practiced at The New York Times. I have written extensively about my largely positive experiences at this singular institution in the archives. Of particular note are my departure announcement from July 2010 and some thoughts on why I left.
In early 2011, I co-founded Lascaux Co.. In November, we launched Mixel for iPad, the world’s first social collage app. Its goal is to empower creative self-expression for new audiences and users everywhere. It’s free, available on the App Store.
I’m currently in a very happy relationship with Laura Holder. We’re living in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn with our young daughter Thuy Esme Holder-Vinh, who was born in August 2009, and our dog Mister President, a black Labrador-mix that I adopted in December 2002.
This Site
I’ve owned the domain since 1997. In its first few incarnations, it served as a portfolio and a venue for me to showcase my non-commercial design work. In December 2000, I added a weblog using Blogger as a publishing tool. In April 2003, I converted the site to the Movable Type publishing platform and began writing posts of more significant length. In September 2008, I replaced Movable Type with Expression Engine.
Social Networks
I’m fairly active on Twitter under the handle @khoi. You can also see my (now largely personal) photography at Flickr. And you can also find me on Google+
Write to Me
I make an effort to reply to every email sent to me directly, and I’m always happy to hear from readers. I much prefer mail sent directly to this domain, and usually don’t check, much less answer, email sent to me via Facebook or other social networks.