Matt Griffin is a designer and founder of Bearded. He's a speaker, writer, and an avid advocate for collaboration in design. His writing has been published by .net magazine and A List Apart, where he writes the regular column on How We Work. Matt has spoken at prominent industry conferences like Artifact Conf, Breaking Development, Responsive Web Design Summit, Web Design Day, and Converge.
He has taught college students about the web at the School of Design at Carnegie Mellon University. He also has a great love for letterpress printing, which he acquired while attending Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana, where he received a BFA in Graphic Design. Matt's interest in the world of letterpress lead him to become one of the creators of Wood Type Revival, a project which seeks out lost historic wood type and converts it into digital fonts for modern designers.
Matt believes that bringing together the knowledge and expertise of designers, developers and their clients is of paramount importance for the creation of successful designs. His work is governed by the idea that design should be driven by a clear user-centric purpose, rather than by subjective aesthetic concerns.
Matt lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with his wife Elizabeth and his son Argus. Previous to entering the world of design, Matt was an active musician in Bloomington, Indiana and Chicago, Illinois. He toured the US, Europe, and Asia with a couple of independent rock bands, and played on a fair number of internationally-distributed records. Somehow he got sort of famous in Japan, which is a long story.
- Start Coding with Wireframes on A List Apart
- Let’s Do It! What Are We Doing? on A List Apart
- Client Relationships and the Multi-Device Web on A List Apart
- Responsive Comping: Obtaining Signoff without Mockups on A List Apart
- What's Your Vertical? on the Bearded Blog
- Improvising in the Boardroom on A List Apart
- Mocking Up Is Hard To Do on the Bearded Blog
- Don't Go It Alone: Collaborative Web Design on .net magazine
- The Medium Is The Message on the Bearded Blog
- Fewer Is More on the Bearded Blog