Matt the NelsonMotion Graphics Designer
Matt is a motion graphics designer based out of the San Francisco Bay area. He splits his time between animation projects for tech companies, visual content for musicians, an array of personal projects. His dance moves are unrivaled but his singing is not very good.
What role does music play in your day-to-day life as a creative?
Music has always been an integral part of my artwork. As a kid, I would literally sit for hours listening to my favorite albums and draw up music video concepts. I love the feeling of hearing music that mentally transports you to a different place. I try to channel that feeling in my illustrations and design. To do your best creative work, you have to put yourself in a sort of mental trance, where you can concentrate on the task at hand. Different genres and styles of music can help you jump into that state.
Tell us about your playlist:
Vitals is like a soundtrack for my artwork. The songs in this playlist have inspired me to do my best work, generate visual concepts, and create a coherent tone. There’s also a handful of songs in here that I hope to turn into music videos or short film projects one day.
- …Of Your Fake Dimension – Com Truise
- Underwater – Porches
- Renata – Holden
- Modern Driveway – Luke Abbott
- All Or Nothing – Chrome Sparks, Angelica Bess
- Think Tank – Rival Consoles
- Break Well – Mount Kimbie
- Voodoo – S-X, Gia
- Our Love – Caribou
- Swim High (feat. Rivka Rose) – BABYTEETH, Rivka Rose
- Waves – Max Cooper
- Turn Away – Wet
- Five Four – The Range
- Bent – Kiasmos
- See (feat. Beacon) – Tycho, Beacon
- Paradise – DVWEZ
- Stratosphere – Mutemath
- Migration – Bonobo
- Heart (feat. Keep Shelly In Athens) – MMOTHS
- Pyramid Song – Radiohead