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Matt Scott Barnes
© 1983 — 2021
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©    1983 — 2021




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MFA - Graphic Design
Vermont College of Fine Arts (VCFA)
2017

BFA — Graphic Design / Print Making
Western Kentucky University (WKU)
2007

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Jetskis
2021
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Jetski

2020
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2020
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2019
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2018
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2018
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2018
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2017
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Born Nashville, Tennessee, 1983. He attended Western Kentucky University’s Bachelor in Fine Arts program for Graphic Design 2003-07, Vermont College of Fine Arts’ Masters of Fine Art for Graphic Design 2015-17. His work has been showcased in publications such as Graphic Magazine (Korea) 2021, Visual Strategies for the Apocalypse (Wordshape) 2019, GD USA 2017, Monthly Design magazine (Korea) 2015, UC.Quarterly 2014.Q2 and 2013.Q4, Print Regional Annual 2011.

His work has been exhibited around the world including The Packing Plant in Nashville, Tennessee 2018, Jeju Yeon Gallery in Jeju-do, Korea 2016, Miami University in Oxford, Ohio 2012, Art Academy of Cincinnati in Cincinnati, Ohio 2011.

He is currently acting as the Director & Cofounder of Funeral in Brooklyn, New York, Educator at Parson’s New School of Design, Curator at Us by Us, Typographer at Bad Type Co.

Outside of work he spends his time writing and compiling three (in-progress) books.

From Nashville, TN - Currently in Brooklyn, NY
Pursoma
2021
W
Funeral

Collaborators:
Chad Miller, Kayla Donlin

Development:
Ian Hatcher-Williams

Photography
Cece Davis
Pursoma is a self-wellness brand using all-natural, sustainably sourced ingredients to make highly effective self-care products. Funeral was approached with the need to optimize and flush out their visual identity and produce a high functioning eccomerce site. The goals were both to reflect the educational aspect of the brand while also allowing repeat customers to quickly find their order.

Vacation Inc
2021
W

Collaborators:
Chad Miller, Sam Faulkner

Development:
Kevin Green, Ian Hatcher-Williams
Poolsuite FM is here to make sunscreen fun again. Vacation was born and bills itself as the “world’s best-smelling sunscreen.” Its riff on the classic “sunscreen smell” a blend of coconut, shea butter, and jasmine, and includes some whimsical notes of pool toys and swimsuit Lycra. Jetskis was approached to create an initial prelaunch & teaser interim site that captured the essence of a trifold brochure similar to an 80s beach resort. Then to fully concepting and building out a unique eccomerce experience.

Spaghetti Meet and Greet
2021
W


Development: 
Kevin Green
The world’s first-ever mega-digi-spaghetti meet-up. Kevin Green and I concepted the gathering of participants and built a mini-site for the RSVP and a single purchasable item. The Shirts had to be sourced during a cotton shortage so we designed the selector to not reflect the final product.


Ephemeral Tattoo
2021
B  W


Collaborators:
Chad Miller, Kayla Donlin

Development:
Marcd

Project Management:
Aretha Choi

Interior Design:
Pete Trentacoste

Ephemeral is an unusual tattoo parlour: its produces a "made-to-fade" tattoo. The technology behind Ephemeral’s ink has been in research and development for the past six years. With the first location opening up in Williamsburg, Brooklyn the funeral team collaborated with the client to sculpt the visual identity of their brand.  The logo is actually four interchangeable logos, each positioned to fit the teams goal of "something between traditional tattoo shop (eclectic and heritage) to high-end salon structure (without being inaccessible) and a range of playful (hints the nature of the product) to clinical (for capturing the trust in in the technology).”

Ephemeral was made mainly for people who find tattoo shops intimidating, find permanence too “forever”, and/or just don’t want permanent marks.


Calvin Klein x Heron Preston
2021
AD  UI
Funeral

Collaborators:
Chad Miller, Kayla Donlin, J Yun

Development:
dotdotdash
To announce the first-ever collaboration for Calvin Klein, dotdotdash was creating a three-dimensional experience. They came to Funeral wanting to elevate the experience. We helped by directing the interaction of the user and designing interactive states.

Jetskis.biz
2021
B  W
Jetskis.biz


A supergroup of super friends making the internet a better place.

Visit: jetskis.biz

VCFA’s Crisis in Care
2020
B  W
Funeral


VCFA’s MFA in Visual Art’s graduating show’s website for fall 2020.

Michael McArthur: At Home Series
2020
B  P
Funeral


Collaborators:
Chad Miller

Musc by:
Michael McArthur

Released by:
Dark River Records
Unique packaging created for the upcoming two EPs featuring an acoustic version of multiple songs from McArthur’s full length, “Ever Green, Ever Rain”



Spaghetti Directory
2020
B  T  W
Funeral


Development: 
Kevin Green
From the mind of Kevin Green comes a website putting the designers and developers first. I collabroated with Kevin to build a simple directory with a few easter eggs and a custom typeface.

View more at spaghetti.directory

Snapshots Vol 1 & 2
2020
E
Self Intiated


700+ Pages
2 Perfect-bound Books

Edition 1/1

An accumulation of 700+ pages across two perfect bound books full of the collection of photos captured by iPhone through out the year of 2019.

2020
Us by Us 2.0
B  W
Self Intiatied


Development:
Kevin Green

Typography:
Arial
New site for small independent collection curator. The goal of the project was streamlining the experience for simplicity within the shopping practice.

View more at usby.us/

2019
ILYSM
B  P  W

Collaborators:
Chad Miller

Development:
Kevin Green

Typography:
Mabry
Times New Roman Condensed
Visual identity for ILYSM (I Love You So Much), a lifestyle brand based in New York City focused on all things ugly, comfy, and cool. Funeral worked with ILYSM to refine their logo system and develop a unique visual language that spans every touchpoint of the brand both physical and digital.

Pinko: You & You
2019
P


Collaborators:
Chad Miller

Music:
Pinko

Released:
Hex Record on December 13, 2019

Typography:
Traviata
Monument Grotesk
Record package design for Pinko's "You & You" limited vinyl release. PINKO is a chaotic, noisy three-piece band from San Antonio, TX. You & You is their first full-length album.


I/D.W
 2019
B  W


Collaborators:
Chad Miller

Development:
Kevin Green

Typography:
Apercu
Evolving Image Design Works to I.D/W through a brand refresh. The outcome was a new identity, collateral and full website for an Oakland based production agency.

Cyber Goth Chinese Food
2019
T


Cyber Goth Chinese Food is the blend of north-eastern graffiti hand-styles and The orientalism at fault “cut-onions” style typography used for Chinese take-out. Both look at the subculture and combined it becomes a fierce but romantic display typeface.

Rightfully Hers: American Women and the Vote
2019
B  E
Second Story


Exhibited:
National Archives Museum

Dates:
May 10, 2019 - January 3, 2021

Engineering & Project managment:
Second Story
In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, Rightfully Hers: American Women and the Vote highlights the relentless struggle of diverse activists throughout U.S. history to secure voting rights for all American women.

A 3,000-square-foot exhibit showcases more than 90 items including records, artifacts, and photographs. I was brought in with Second Story for art direction of projected video as well as producing direction for exhibit catalog.

Pinko / Exhalants Split
2018
P
Self-Intiated


Collaborators:
Chad Miller
Andrew Brumagen

Edition:
500

Music:
Pinko
Exhalants

Label:
Self Sabotage Records

Release Date:
November 19, 2018
Collaborative release from Pinko and Exhalants, featuring two tracks on each side. Our approach to designing this was similar to the music provided by the bands, written and recorded separately and delivered together. Alongside Chad Miller and Andrew Bruagen we designed in silos and we delivered everything together via a Risograph.

Listen To Here

Snake Oil Supplements
2018
B  P
Self-Intiated


Collaborators:
Kelly Scheurich
Chad Miller

Typography:
Founders Grotesk Mono
Antiqua Roman
As the CBD wave comes in and everyone is asking about the differences, S.O.S. comes to play. Offering up a no-bullshit way of learning about the products with offerings at a reasonable price.

Naptown Collective: S.T.O.N.E.
2018
B
Self Intiated


In the midst of 2018, S.T.O.N.E. (Street Terror Oath of No Emotion) was born through collaboration with the Naptown Collective. This was a project born out of wanting to explore through the freedom of textile products. I would not have been able to produce the work without the help and collaboration with Elliot of The Naptown Collective.

Michael McArthur Ever Green, Ever Rain
2018
P
Studio Post Office


The debut studio album by American singer-songwriter Michael McArthur. McArthur drove from Florida to California in late June 2018 and recorded it in Los Angeles.

After being contacted by Michael, I conceived the direction based on the mood set by the music. A constant rhythm is featured in a pattern across the spine and color themes expressed through the photography and vinyl itself.

Kuma's Corner
2018
B


Judas Priest British Steel 1980:
Rosław Szaybo

Black Sabbath Vol 4 1972:
Keith Macmillan
An ongoing relationship with the Indianapolis Kuma’s has resulted in a handful of shirts. The bar/restaurant pulls inspiration from the metal music played in the bar. Here are a few examples of the products created for them.

The Teaching Assistant
2017
E
Self-Intiated


Edition of 20

The Teaching Assistant is a teaching zine for graphic design educators. It includes a curated collection of projects with planned outcomes. The project was apart of my MFA Thesis package. It was created with the goal to help build a stronger outcome with our students and small programs.

Visual Repairment
2017
E
Self Initiated


Edition of 20

Visual Repairment is a collection of written and visual responses created while in graduate school.

Graphic Designer as Graphic Designer
2017
P
Self Initiated


Edition of 25

by Franz & Hans
An observational zine produced in the late nights in Montpellier.

Found Typography and Cryptography
2017
E
Self Initiated


Edition of 5
While teaching an introductory level class in typography I produced this as an example for a project. The assignment was to observe and document the under-observed typography we pass everyday. Curate a coolection of images and produce a small booklet categoring their selection.