Archives: Matt Chase

The Curse of Casual

· January 23rd

One of the first things I did when I moved to working independently was list my cell number on my site. Right up top, pretty hard to miss. In an industry fueled by gotta-have-it-now deadlines, giving people an immediate way to reach me seemed like a smart idea. I expected to budget a few extra minutes into my day to field long-winded project inquiries and…

Advice for Graduates

· May 13th

Graduation kicks ass. Big time. It’s the grand culmination of delayed gratification: a lifetime of academic rigor rewarding you with an open door of opportunity. It’s pure elation cut with relentless optimism. Excitement multiplied by confidence. You are unstoppable, on top of the world, and hopefully still a little drunk. But as thrilling as it is, the euphoria inevitably dissolves…

A is for Audience

· February 18th

Preface: I love my mom. Ever since I fled the nest, we’ve established a finely-tuned calling schedule, wherein she phones early on the weekends and I, either distractedly wrapped up in sketching or fending off ravenous vegans in DC’s three-hour grocery store lines, ring her back late in the evening, when things calm down. Our conversations often touch on design…


In Defense of Failure

· December 4th

Win. Win. Win. Such is the anthem of modern culture, and in one form or another, the drive to succeed is likely the single most encompassing force in your life. Relax: this is okay. You can’t help it and I can’t blame you. It’s what we’re taught. No one plays for a coach who advocates lobbing an interception in the fourth quarter; you play to win…

Thoughts on Style

· November 6th

Not long ago, I got an e-mail from a young design student asking about style, a word that is both elusive and ubiquitous enough to define the careers of countless designers, writers, musicians and filmmakers. In the student’s message, he especially was curious if I thought maintaining a personal “look & feel” was a necessary consideration…