Making A Mess

June 26th, 2013 by Mat Dolphin

In maths lessons at school we always had to ‘show our workings’. Clearly demonstrating how we solved the problem to let the teacher know that we had worked it out for ourselves, rather than simply copying Jemima or using one of those calculator things.

Applying this thinking to design – a discipline being largely concerned with ‘problem solving’ – is interesting, because it’s rare to see anything other than the final and polished result. Many case studies on design portfolios (ours included), show snapshots of preparatory sketches and scamps. They’re often interesting to see and sometimes give an insight into the thought process of the designer. But, they’re always examples of ideas that did develop into the final design. They’re few and far between anyway, but when seen they still only tell a tiny part of a much bigger story.

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One Thousand, Four Hundred and Sixty Days

June 18th, 2013 by Mat Dolphin

Four years ago today, Mat Dolphin was officially launched as a company. Happy Birthday to us!

In that time we’ve learned a lot, produced some work we’re hugely proud of and been lucky enough to work with some absolutely amazing people.

If you’ve had any involvement with Mat Dolphin over the last four years, you’ve been a part of it and we want to sincerely thank you.

Here’s to the next four!

Thanks for reading

Phil and Tom


Ten Questions 036 – Jordan Metcalf

June 6th, 2013 by Mat Dolphin

We came across the work of Jordan Metcalf quite recently. His beautiful lettering for a recent Adobe campaign caught our attention and after checking out more of his work, we immediately got in touch to say hello and ask him if he’d be willing to answer our Ten Questions. Thankfully, he was.

Based in Cape Town, South Africa, his illustration and typography work is truly brilliant. He has worked for clients such as Nike, Smirnoff, The X-Games, 5280 Magazine and, having recently signed up to the illustration agency Handsome Frank, we expect to see plenty more big name clients utilising Jordan’s remarkable talent.

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