Matthew Ulstad

I was raised on a farm in Western Minnesota. That’s where I learned how to work hard and help things grow. Two things I still do today as a designer.

I like to call myself a multidisciplinary designer, which is just my way of saying I have learned how to learn. I’ve learned to choose ideas over mediums and craft over tools. I tackle problems from a holistic perspective, and love finding the solution that fits like a glove.


Experience:

Lead Designer
Solve, Minneapolis
2012.05 – Present

Art and design direction, conceptualization and execution. Worked on brands such as True Value, Subaru, Best Buy, Bentley Motors, & Volkswagen.


Design Intern
Solve, Minneapolis
2011.08 – 2012.05

Honed design direction and execution, working side by side with creative directors. Grew towards autonomy.


Communications Director
AIGA at UNWSP
2011.08 – 2012.05

Charter member. Responsibilities included creation, design and maintenance of chapter portfolio, blog and correspondence.



Skillset:

Craft
Concept, Execution, Identity, Layout, Typography, UI/UX, Illustration

Tools
Adobe CC, Sublime Text, HTML, CSS, Sketching, Printmaking, & Empathy


Selected Press:
  • Graphis Gold
  • Behance Interaction Gallery
  • Behance Advertising Gallery
  • AIGA Member Gallery
  • Dribbble Weekly Replay
  • Comic Sans For Cancer
  • XVIII: 18th Annual Juried Art Show

Education:

Graphic Design
University of Northwestern, St. Paul.
2008.08 – 2012.05