VICE PRESIDENT + CREATIVE DIRECTOR
SCHOOL OF ADVERTISING ART
Matthew Flick is a Vice President, Creative Director, and an instructor of graphic design at the school of advertising art (saa). The school is a nationally recognized graphic design college located in Kettering OH where the mission is to educate, prepare, and guide students to become innovative hybrid designers. Flick has over 15 years of industry experience as an award-winning designer working with clients that include Titleist-FootJoy Worldwide, IMG Canada, The Mike Weir Foundation, Duncan Seawall, and others. His work has received numerous awards by organizations including AAF-Dayton, the District Five Advertising Federation, the AIGA, the Columbus Society of Communicating Arts, Admissions Marketing Report, and GDUSA magazine. In 2011, Matthew received a Dayton Business Journal “Forty Under 40” award, which honors the region’s up-and-coming leaders, and was also named Educator of the Year by AAF-Dayton in 2009 and 2012.
Where were you born and where do you live now? How does that affect your design sensibility?
I was born in Fairborn OH, a suburb of Dayton, and still live in the area. Dayton actually has a strong design community. I’m lucky to teach, work with, and engage with a wide variety of very talented creatives who affect my design sense. I’m proud to be a part of such a talented group of people.
Who would you say is the most influential graphic designer of the past 50 years? How have they influenced your design?
Obviously designers like Saul Bass, Milton Glaser, Paul Rand and Stefan Sagmeister. I would also include Robynne Raye and Mike Strassburger of Modern Dog. I saw them speak while in college and knew immediately afterward that I wanted to be a graphic designer. They showed how much fun creativity and design could be.
What is your greatest strength and weakness as a designer or design manager?
One of my greatest strengths is concepting and generating ideas. I love the creative process. A weakness is definitely the ability to find time to implement all those ideas.
This week? Scotch FB
Favorite TV Show?
ESPN College GameDay
The Advertising Concept Book by Pete Barry
Pulp Fiction, Fight Club, High Fidelity, & Gladiator
Favorite Musician or Band?
Dave Matthews Band
Favorite Fine Artist?
designspiration.net, mr-cup.com, dribbble.com, allanpeters.com/blog, mattlehmanstudio.com, mattsoncreative.com
Talent You Wished You Possessed?
The ability to see into the future.
Mantra or Saying You Live By?
LOVE the PROCESS