Matt completed his graphic design degree at Swinburne University in 1992. After working for three years in the advertising industry he used his talent as creative director, graphic designer and illustrator to form Mono Design in 1996. He has a down-to-earth, approachable manner that makes it easy to ask for what you want, combined with a genuine passion (and exacting standards) for all of the work he produces.
Some clients Matt has worked with over the last 20 years include: RMIT University, BRW Magazine, Allen & Unwin, CFA (Country Fire Authority), Parliament of Victoria, City of Moreland, City of Darebin, City of Knox, City of Glen Eira, City of Whittlesea, McREL International, Bank MECU as well as many more.
Matt has worked as a lecturer at NMIT (now Melbourne Polytechnic) Bachelor of Illustration (2009-14), and as a lecturer in the Shillington College Masterclass (2009-14). He is a member of the Australian Graphic Design Association (AGDA) and has been a committee member with Illustrators Australia (IA) since 2007, serving as IA Victorian President from 2007-2009.
Ruth completed a degree in biochemistry minoring in journalism at QUT in 1994. After graduation, she made a drastic turnaround and began working as an actor on shows like Neighbours and Blue Heelers as well as starring in lots of commercials. At the same time she put her writing skills to use in marketing, communications, administration and project management roles. After studying copywriting, she finally found a way to combine her love of strategy, research and creative writing.
Ruth is also an in-demand public speaker and the author of the highly acclaimed book, ‘Enemy’ published by Penguin Books in 2016. She is a member of Writers Victoria and the Australian Society of Authors.
Mono Design were thoughtful and responsive to the needs of our school. Their thorough market research and the time taken to understand the school’s context, history, culture and direction were evident in the final designs. Matt was patient, flexible and consultative whilst providing a strong visual direction and advice. We are thrilled with the result which is a contemporary, stylish yet simple visual identity which can be applied throughout our complex organisation. – Ciar Foster, Assistant Principal, Northcote High School
Mono Design’s flexible and responsive approach, knowledge and professional insight has been a huge asset to Your Community Health, as we develop and build our brand and resource package. It’s a real benefit to have a trusted, talented adviser on hand to help navigate complexities and overcome brand and design challenges, with practical and appropriate solutions. – Ruth Dearnley, Communications and Marketing Adviser, Your Community Health
It’s been a pleasure working with Matt over the past five years. He’s always happy to suggest a range of creative ideas, has consistently produced good-looking and accessible designs, and has played a significant part in developing our style. He’s also very accurate, flexible and always delivers on time. I highly recommend Matt. – Duncan Russell, Publications Editor, Communications and Government Relations, CFA
I had the very good fortune to start working with Matt around 2009. Later, when I joined McREL International, Matt did all the design work for a seven manual series intended to assist teachers and principals. The work has been highly successful and Matt’s innovative and clever design work has been a significant factor in that success. On a personal note, Matt has been a pleasure to work with – approachable, thoughtful and engaging. – Wayne Craig, Director, CV Consulting
I just love Matt's way of seeing and illustrating… his art. His hand shaped our logo, aligning perfectly with our interior design identity. 20 years later I love the way the original TH stamp for a solo practice has come along for the ride and expanded with us to become – THID. It's cool. And it still gives me a buzz to see THID sketch pads around the boardroom table at meetings. – Tonya Hinde, Founding Designer, THID
In 2016 Matt redesigned all the branding for the Westgarth Primary School Whopping Great Fete. Matt immediately understood the community feeling of the fete and came up with a beautiful new design that really resonated with the school and larger community. Matt has an excellent end to end approach so the new branding was designed to be used across different communication channels spanning from ad boards, posters, window stickers, certificates, fete signage to online website design and social media channels. I found Matt incredibly easy to work with. He is always thoughtful, considerate of feedback and quickly responsive to questions and changes. – Julia Kelly, 2016 Westgarth Primary School Whopping Great Fete Coordinator
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