For this month’s Inside SVG, we caught up with self-proclaimed homebody, horror-novel enthusiast and creatively-outstanding graphic designer Matt Wilson.
What do you do here at SVG?
I’m a graphic designer in the Marketing Department. My job is to solve problems through visual communication.
What do you like most about working at SVG?
I joined the company at a really exciting time. As the first full-time designer, I’m getting to help shape the brand and define our standards, which is an amazing and unique opportunity. Outside of that, the company seems to really value its employees and has intentionally developed an amazing culture. Every day at work has felt very positive and invigorating.
What do you like to do in your free time?
I’m way into graphic design and spend a lot of my free time making stuff, either for myself or for freelance clients and collaborators. Outside of design, my favorite things are my wife, video games, and the horror novels of Stephen King.
Where do you find inspiration for what you do?
Kind of everywhere. Design is all around us, all the time. To be more specific, though, I spend a lot of time and get a lot of inspiration from Dribbble, a social network where designers share what they’re working on. It’s been a very motivational online experience for me the last few years. But it’s also vital to step away from your device and look around in the real world from time to time.
What is your favorite thing about design?
The thing that really sold me on graphic design was learning that it’s an actual craft that you can learn and improve at. Thinking of design as “art” can be attractive, but it can also be discouraging. With art, you are often sitting around and waiting for a lightning strike of inspiration—you’re relying on the muse, or whatever. But with design, there are processes and systems and methods that you can use to get going. And there’s some objectivity that frees the profession from pretentiousness and makes it accessible and actionable. Thinking of it as a “craft” has totally changed how I work.
SVG has three core values. What are your personal values?
Kindness, simplicity, truth, reason, diligence.
If you could be any animal A jellyfish
Favorite graphic designer Aaron Draplin
Favorite book The Mysterious Stranger by Mark Twain
Favorite sports team The local one seems neat
Last song you listened to “13 Monsters” by Lightning Bolt
Most random item in your desk 3D-printed Siegmeyer of Catarina
Favorite spot in KC I really love being at home. I want to be there right now.