︎ The song remains, but not the same. Purpose. Revolution. (Factory Records1.) ︎ Along the axis of vulnerability2. Cross pollination. Transcendental aspiration. (Human connection3.) ︎ Style does not preclude substance. Brand. Screen. Interface. (Wim Crouwel4.) ︎ Language is meaningless sans fonts. Fonts alone are ineffective. (Graffiti.org5.) ︎ Curiosity. To experiment is to play, to live. Serendipity, perhaps. (Ghostly International6.)
Ampersanderson is the professional moniker and studio practice of Matthew Anderson. Specializing in graphic design and brand identities, the studio’s capabilities span typeface design, user interfaces, print, and more. Matthew is engaged full-time as Creative Director at Enjoy the Weather in Portland, Oregon for clients such as Nike, TEDxPortland and more.
This website is not a body of work. It is, ostensibly, a living body; connected, growing, vulnerable. It will add weight with age, perhaps learn from its mistakes, and most certainly change its mind.
The design is intended to counter the traditional graphic design portfolio, providing a more honest platform in its stead. The site will be a continual work in progress, its content flowing as a “feed” — commissioned work, personal work, plus the explorations and thought processes that initiate and guide them. While perhaps conventional, the hope is that this site accurately represents its author: intentional, intermittent, and occasionally inspiring.
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1) Robertson, Matthew. Factory Records: The Complete Graphic Album ︎ . Chronicle Books, 2006. ISBN: 0811856763. 2) “The axis of vulnerability” ︎ is a term borrowed from poet David Whyte. 3) “Sometimes it takes darkness and the sweet / confinement of your aloneness / to learn / anything or anyone / that does not bring you alive / is too small for you.” David Whyte. “Sweet Darkness” ︎ 4) Wim Crouwel ︎ (November 1928 – September 2019) 5) Art Crimes ︎ 6) Ghostly International ︎.