Innovative editorial work by designer and illustrator Matt Chase

Date
14 January 2015
Reading Time
1 minute read

Presenting Matt Chase, the editorial illustrator living and working in Washington DC, who can transform a wishy-washy concept into a solid hunk of imagery with a snap of the fingers. You’ve likely seen his work already without knowing it – maybe in the New York Times, on the cover of one of Douglas Coupland’s novels, or perhaps in the Wall Street Journal if you’re that way inclined.

Whether it be working alongside art directors to turn the Twitter logo into a version of the Rorschach test for a piece in the MIT Technology Review about social media and personality traits, or toying with typography to illustrate the etymology of the word “liberal,” Matt has the practical knowledge and the sleight of hand to bring concepts to real and recognisable fruition. He’s kind of like the chameleon of the creative world, fully aware and in control of his talent and thus able to adapt it to the environment in which it will be shown, which is one hell of a skill. 

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Matt Chase: Relationshipped: Interpretation of modern relationships and the extent to which people advertise (intentionally or otherwise) their fears, desires and insecurities

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Matt Chase: Lead image and accompanying spot for a GOOD feature about soda, caffeine and addiction, art directed by Josh Neuman

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Matt Chase: Lead image and accompanying spot for a GOOD feature about soda, caffeine and addiction, art directed by Josh Neuman

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Matt Chase: MIT Technology Review, Twitter and personality traits, art directed by Colin Jaworski

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Matt Chase: The environmental effects of high-output grow houses, for the MIT Technology Review, art directed by Colin Jaworski

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Matt Chase: For the New York Times Book Review about the origin of the word Liberal, and its evolving definition as a left-leaner, art directed by Nicholas Blechman

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Matt Chase: For the New York Times Upshot about skewed poll results, art directed by Luke Shuman

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Matt Chase: Piece for the Wall Street Journal about learning foreign languages with images rather than word-for-word translations, art directed by Keith Webb

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Matt Chase: For NYT Magazine about women who either don’t feel comfortable in the kitchen or simply don’t like to cook

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Matt Chase: Douglas Coupland, Worst Person Ever, art directed by Jaya Miceli

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Matt Chase: Douglas Coupland, Worst Person Ever, art directed by Jaya Miceli

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Matt Chase: Douglas Coupland, Worst Person Ever, art directed by Jaya Miceli

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Matt Chase: Douglas Coupland, Worst Person Ever, art directed by Jaya Miceli

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Maisie Skidmore

Maisie joined It’s Nice That fresh out of university in the summer of 2013 as an intern before joining full time as an Assistant Editor. Maisie left It’s Nice That in July 2015.

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