A Vectorfunk MiND | Matt W. Moore
MWM is Matt Moore – an artist creating awesome, eye-catching works, which vary from graphics, to murals and more. His studio is turning 10 years old, and his portfolio features collaborations with the most remarkable brands. MiND had the pleasure of interviewing Matt, showcasing his design ethos and artistic outlook on life.
Define your “Vectorfunk” style to MiND Readers.
Vectorfunk is the name I invented for the abstract digital artwork I create using Adobe Illustrator. When describing this chapter of my work some words that come to mind are: bold, abstract, graphic, optical illusions, sharp, clean, geometry, mosaic, patterns, layers, vibrant, fun, complex, maximalism, and psychedelic. Vector graphics are created by arranging points to create form, as opposed to raster graphics that are made up of pixels. Back in the early 2000’s while I was in school learning graphic design I began exploring this method of building digital artworks.
Your projects vary from artistic graphic murals to graphics for very well-known brands. Which of these two types of projects do you like the most, and why?
When it comes to Art and Design, I don’t have a favorite. Each is challenging and satisfying in it’s own way. For me it’s all about balance and doing different explorations, learning, and growing. My ideal calendar would be split evenly between graphic design work in collaboration with clients such as branding, identity systems, product design, fashion, editorial illustrations, and more personal pursuits such as murals, canvas painting, and sculpture. I live by the mantra ‘Range Is Conducive To Growth’.
What is the career achievement you are most proud of?
This Winter marks the 10-Year Anniversary of my studio, MWM Graphics, being my only gig. Prior to that I was working day jobs in the creative industries, and moonlight hustling my own program. I can’t describe how satisfying it is to have made it this far as an independent one-man studio. I am excited for the next decade and beyond, and so very grateful for all of the adventures, lessons, and collaborations with great folks along the way.
What is your source of inspiration?
Everything is inspirational when considered from the right angle. I am very interested in how things work. Researching new technologies, time spent in nature, mathematics, geometry, physics, music, travel to new places, learning about different cultures, all of this is a constant source of inspiration. I’m also really interested in the past and how movements of yesteryears evolved and took shape. Of course all of my super friends across disciplines continue to inspire me every day. I feel blessed to know so many super talented folks all around the globe working in different fields of creativity and business.
What upcoming projects are you currently working on?
In my art studio I continue to create works in 2D and 3D for future exhibitions and commissions. Many of the projects I am currently working on in my design studio are not going to debut until 2018 or 2019 so I must keep them secret for now. In recent months a really fun collaboration launched, two different collections with the Samsonite luggage brand American Tourister. These are currently available worldwide and online. Also a new collection of jacquard loom woven blankets for my brand Core Deco.
Which of your works of art best defines your style?
That’s a difficult question. If you asked Google Image, you would find that my work with plenty of vibrant colors, abstract and complex geometry, this is the stuff that rises to the top of today’s search results. But I do much more than this type of work. Especially in recent years with more organic lines, asymmetrical compositions, monochromatic color palettes, and even representational illustrations such as tropical fish. My artwork, and styles, are ever evolving with my interests and explorations.
Your job allows you to travel a lot. Which country do you feel gives the biggest opportunities to artists?
As an American, I must say that my home country has been a great place to grow up, go to school, and build businesses and brands. I am grateful for all of the doors that have been open, or at least not locked, for me in my career as designer and artist. That said I am also very grateful for all of the opportunities I have had around the world to learn, create, and collaborate. France has been especially welcoming to my artwork, and to me as a human, over the past decade. There is no place in the world with the energy of Paris.
Being an artist, what is your outlook on life?
I trust the universe, stay open to new opportunities, collaborate with and learn from folks in adjacent disciplines. Exploring new ideas and experiment with different techniques. Pushing forward to continue to grow so the next endeavor feels new and evolved.
Best piece of advice you have ever been given.
Work hard, be humble, stay curious, and have fun!