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Good afternoon interwebs. Today has been a particularly lovely day in my world for more reasons than you can count on your two hands, however in the aspect of design, I am currently in two competitions and would indeed love the support of those who follow what I love doing.

First is Bournemouth Welcome. A brand of wine for the Mayor of Bournemouth. To be sold in Bournemouth for Tourists, visitors and the general public, my entry to this competition would love some views on the page which can be found here:

Red Wine Board


The other is a t-shirt design competition for . I entered the word oh! that I created using brush typography. I think the design works well and the publicity of the design would really work in my favour. The design can be found here:

I’d really appreciate any like, view or share you have to offer. I have really enjoyed the process of designing for these competitions and hope they can achieve something!


Many thanks,





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Update 01/03/14

How’s it going interwebs?

In true ohmatthew fashion, I am writing this at 2am. Sober, don’t worry.

I’ll start this blog off how I always start off recent updates by saying I’m Happy. I find myself in an even happier position than before. It really does go to show how positive thinking and making the most of each day helps with a happy mind and heart. The month started with the fantastic trip to Berlin (photos can be found here) where I had the most extraordinary time. After returning, I was faced with what I thought would be my dreaded National Trust Moving Image brief that I had no clue how to execute on After Effects. However picking up tricks and using Illustrator to my advantage really paid off. 2 guest lecturers, Gavin Leisfield, who has worked on many large scale projects such as the ITV rebrand, and Justin Barrow of Supreme who has worked for the National Trust beforehand, made an appearance over the last 2 weeks. Both said they found difficulty finding fault in my animation and with a few tips on timing, I left with an incredible self confidence in my own work.

Now, it probably goes without saying that most of the time, I find accepting compliments of my work and even praising myself very difficult. But I do feel pride. Pride that I’m at one of the top Arts Universities in Bournemouth, Pride that names in the Industry enjoy my work and style, Pride that I continue to learn, adapt and enjoy what I do each and every day. This particular project was a lot of fun to execute, and we are just finishing off with a 2,500 word essay and an Installation piece to complete our National Trust trilogy (Print, Moving Image, Installation).

If you’d like to see my Print pieces, click here

& you can find my recent Moving Image piece, based on the print campaign here

I have fantastic people surrounding me just oozing creativity and ideas and giving me a reason to smile, work hard and be thankful for each day, so thank you all, and thank you interwebs for providing a place to explain and articulate my feelings so easily. Each view and like goes a long way.

It’ll be interesting to see how these final 4/5 months of University play out, though I can’t imagine anything going wrong at this stage. I look forwards to returning home end of term to see my incredibly supportive and loving family and friends & I am truly excited to continue my adventure.

‘Till next time.



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A trip to Berlin with The Arts University of Bournemouth was a fantastic cultural experience. The history naturally plays a huge part in the experience and a visit to the Jewish Museum was truly incredible, occasionally haunting and extremely interesting. Design runs through this cities veins, with Bauhaus, plenty of Street Art and a tonne of beautiful exhibitions, museums and shops to browse. One of my favourite moments of this trip was a small converted super market filled with stunning typography, the Buchstaben Museum. We packed our days full of things to do and places to see, from Museums, Shopping, Exhibitions, Walks, Tours, Zoos and genuinely enjoying time away from our computers. We visited the Reichstag just as the sun set and soaked in the beauty.

A brilliant experience and one that I hope to never forget. Spending time with friends and being in a place surrounded by beauty and design is all I could truly hope for.


Rough Brush Typography

I absolutely love ‘rough brush typography’ as I am calling it. It’s expressive and it can implement an incredibly powerful layer to most work. I decided to use my design identity of ohmatthew and use this as a basis for some online avatars for me to use.

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This brings me to instagram! I was never really a fan to begin with but it’s now a great way to gain inspiration from others photography and print work. I love looking at the life of a designer and trying to work more on my own work as well as the tonne of University work.

Give me a follow on instagram by clicking on this sentence!




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I find myself in the middle of the D&AD wilderness, my mind searching through the files for an interesting idea for the National Trust. These designs are by no means any reflection of what my design will be and certainly not an original concept, but I could whip one up in about 2 minutes and I felt the photography ( should overpower everything leaving the type to make you question the outdoors.

I am very much enjoying this term and this project is extremely challenging but has perhaps enticed me to doing more research and start becoming more engaged with contemporary designers, utilising magazines and boosting my online presence.

We all change. When you think about it, we’re all different people all through our lives and that’s okay. That’s good. You’ve got to keep moving, so long as you remember all the people that you used to be.

Some of the final words of Matt Smith as the Doctor in this years Christmas episode. They have stuck with me the last couple of days. This quote is so true and so meaningful to me. As 2013 ends, it’s time to reflect on the changes we’ve gone through.  This year has seen the biggest changes in me and has dragged me through hell and then to the peak of my happiness. It’s challenged me to work harder and be a better person which I think I have become through friendships, confidence and independence. A new person. The next changes come in the form of physical improvement and a continuous ambition to show the designer I want to be to the rest of the world, but never forgetting where you came from and what your dreams have always been.

Chasing Christmas 24/12/13

A variation of a previous Chasing Penguins Saul Bass inspired horror poster, now with added Jingle Bells and Reindeer. It’s ‘Santa Claus is Coming to Town’. This is the final design in the Chasing Christmas series! I hope you’ve enjoyed feasting your eyes on them as much as I have enjoyed making them! If I don’t update the blog on Christmas like I plan to, have a great day with people you love!

Matthew Wallace


Chasing Christmas 23/12/13

Baby if you’ve got to go away, don’t think I can take the pain.
Won’t you design me another Christmas tune Matthew?

Not quite the lyrics but this minimalist piece speaks a thousand, cheesy, white coated and black backgrounded words. It’s “Stay Another Day” by East 17.

Chasing Christmas 22/12/13

Wham! Here’s a new design for you on my Chasing Christmas countdown! It’s “Last Christmas”. Check out yesterday’s design by clicking here!