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Studio Matthews is a Seattle-based, woman-owned small business, and practice of designers, teachers, and makers. We are known for our award-winning design and elegant solutions, as well as our focus on environmental responsibility.

We begin our work by looking beyond the edges of a brief for unseen potential and opportunities to connect. As advocates and partners, we help our clients see what their projects could be. Together, we work to uncover deeper relationships between a project, its context, and those who encounter it. We strive to create work that elicits surprise and delight as often as it helps to connect and engage.

Our work takes many forms: Exhibitions, Installations, Wayfinding, Workplace, Branding, Illustration, Donor Recognition and Placemaking, as well as Landmark and other historically sensitive projects. Whatever the goal, we’ve found the work is most effective and powerful when it is fully integrated into the architecture or landscape, to be experienced as part of a complete environment. For that reason, we believe in and enjoy close collaboration with architects, landscape architects, and clients early in the design process, so that our work can successfully reinforce the project vision.

The Team


  • Communication Arts 2020 Design Annual, Award of Excellence
  • Core77 Design Awards 2020, Visual Communication Notable Award
  • SEGD Global Design Awards 2020, Placemaking and Identity Honor Award
  • SEGD Global Design Awards 2020, Finalist
  • SEGD Global Design Awards 2019, Finalist
  • Communication Arts 2019 Design Annual, Award of Excellence
  • GRAY Awards 2019, Finalist
  • UCDA Annual Design Awards 2019, Gold Award
  • UCDA Annual Design Awards 2019, Excellence Award
  • Digital Signage Awards 2019, Workplace Communications, Winner
  • SEGD Global Design Awards 2019, Finalist
  • SEGD Global Design Awards 2017, Merit Award
  • Core77 Visual Communication Award, 2017
  • SEGD Global Design Awards 2017, Merit Award
  • SEGD Honor Award, 2016
  • Type Directors Club Award, 2016
  • Core77 Design Awards 2015, Professional Notable Award
  • Core77 Design Awards 2014, Visual Communication Professional Runner Up
  • SEGD Global Design Awards 2013, Merit Award
  • Core77 Design Awards 2011, Graphics, Branding, Identity Professional Notable Award
  • SEGD Global Design Awards 2011, Public Installation Merit Award
  • 2011 365: Design Effectiveness AIGA Award

How We Work

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We are hiring!


Studio Matthews is expanding and seeks a visual communication designer with three to five years of experience. Our team is busy, creative and collaborative — we design award-winning branding, exhibitions, installations, signage and wayfinding. The position requires strong design skills and a keen interest to develop knowledge in dimensional installations including materials, specifications, and fabrication methods. Because we collaborate closely with architects and landscape architects on many of our projects, knowledge of these fields is helpful. Our projects are anything but cookie-cutter, so we seek a designer who enjoys being challenged by a wide range of projects, who has the highest standards for design, and who wants to create great things!

Experience and Qualifications

We seek a designer with experience in:
—Graphic Design and Branding
—Exhibition and Installation Design
—Placemaking, including Environmental Graphic Design installations
—Wayfinding, Signage, Donor Recognition

—3-5 years in related design field: Graphic Design, Experience Design, Exhibition Design.
—Experience working on multiple, concurrent projects and complex, large-scale projects.
—Accurate and organized by nature. Enjoy problem solving.
—Strong time management skills.
—Ability to work both independently and collaboratively.
—Proficient with Mac, Office Suite, Adobe Suite.
—A good sense of humor is more than welcome.