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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 2022, Branding and Environmental Design Award
  • SEGD Global Design Awards 2022, Finalist, Placemaking and Identity Award
  • Core77 Design Awards 2022, Runner Up, Design for Social Impact Award
  • 365: AIGA Year in Design 2022, Environmental and Experiential Design Award
  • Core77 Design Awards 2022, Notable, Visual Communication Award
  • 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!

Design Intern, Summer 2023

We are looking for particularly talented students/recent graduates to be a part of our team over the 2023 summer break. Our interns will primarily support client projects, which could include anything from exhibitions, to interpretive signage, to branding, to wayfinding systems. Our projects are never run-of-the-mill and you’ll learn a lot about how to translate ideas into meaningful experiences, and how graphic design can take form into the built environment.

If you’ve got the chops to be a part of this talented team, submit your cover letter and CV to .

The due date for applications is 31 January 2023. Interviews will be arranged for early February. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Your Responsibilities
—Assist with design projects and studio initiatives
—Participate in studio meetings
—Work closely with experienced designers to learn the different phases and requirements of complex design projects
—Support social media presence
—Hone your design skills while gaining some solid, real-world experience

—Currently enrolled in, or recent graduate of a relevant design program (graduate or undergraduate)
—Proficiency in InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop. Familiarity with SketchUp, After Effects.
—A keen eye for typography
—Strong communicator. Team player. Diligent, but fun to be around : )

Internship Details
8–12 week internship dependent upon studio and intern schedules. (Jun-Aug)
Hourly rate