2018-2019

A PHOTO ESSAY BY THE TEAM AT MATTE BLACK

Lifting the curtain on the real heroes.

(GET A FEEL FOR OUR TEAM’S ‘VIBES’ BELOW)

IMG_2380.jpeg

"The last activity you enjoyed in 2018"

- Jesse Ligo, Art Director at Matte Black

Morning coffee with a view of Mexico.

 
Attachment-3.jpeg

"SOmething you want more of in 2019"

- Liz Burton, Manager of Candid Network

Home made pasta.

 
IMG_0346.jpeg

"A FAMILY MEMBER"

- Aria Davis, Brand Manager at Matte Black

Here’s a pic of my badass Dad, Orlando.

 
2018-07-04+20_11_27.801.jpeg

"(IF YOU'RE A GIRL) TAKE A PHOTO OF A BOY"

- Chase Colman, Brand Manager at Matte Black

My Fiancé, James.

 
6B4F2D4C-C2FF-4417-91C4-024D17CF5374.jpeg

"THE FIRST THING YOU ATE FOR BREAKFAST ON JANUARY 1ST, 2019"

- Chelsea Matthews, Founder + CEO of Matte Black

 
IMG_5209.jpeg

"YOUR FAVORITE SNUGGLE BUDDY"

- Jackie Tambara, Production Coordinator at Matte Black

 
IMG_0801.jpeg

"A FRIEND"

- Jonathan Godinho, Project Manager at Matte Black

 
IMG_0087.jpeg

"YOUR FIRST SELF PORTRAIT OF 2019"

- James Royce, Studio Manager at Matte Black

First Lake Run Selfie of 2019.

 
IMG_0473.jpeg

"YOUR VICE"

- Gaelan Simpson, Managing Editor of the Shape Shift Report

Hawkins Cheezies. A Canadian delicacy.

 
F68D3459-0E12-405C-8FDB-11006D35124E.jpeg

"A PRETTY VIEW"

- Ariel Irby, Graphic Designer at Matte Black

French Valley, Patagonia, Chile

 
IMG_6503.jpeg

"LAST THING YOU DRANK IN 2018"

- Micah Heykoop, Managing Director at Matte Black

 
IMG_7369.jpeg

"YOUR FAVORITE SUNSET OF 2018"

- Irene Cho, Coordinator of Candid Network

 
IMG_6718.jpeg

"YOUR LAST SELFIE OF 2018"

- Nolan Goff, Head of Art Direction at Matte Black

 
IMG_1246.jpeg

"THE MORNING AFTER NYE"

- Emilia Davis, Business Development at Matte Black

 
IMG_0460.jpeg

"YOUR INSPO FOR 2019."

- Alex Tan, Art Director at Matte Black

 

THAT’S ALL, FOLKS.

//

 
057200-R1-4 copy.jpg

ARTIST FEATURE

Jace lumley

This month, we feature the ultra-charming photographer, Jace Lumley. The photos which decorate this month’s issue were captured in Rio, Brazil and Seoul, Korea: Two focal locations on his most recent travel project. His images convey a wanderlust, making us wish we were anywhere but here. With his bum in the butter, Jace’s upbeat perspective and adventurous take on life has gifted him countless opportunities. With serendipity on his side, there is no where he can’t go.

057200-R1-1 copy.jpg

FEATURE

5 stellar tips for your next pop-up

There is a lot that goes into making a pop up successful. In 2018, Self Employed, either produced, designed, staffed or operated over 12 pop ups for a variety of brands ranging from direct to consumer make up mogul Kylie Cosmetics to Ember, creators of the first ever temperature control mug. Along the way, we have learned a thing or two about what makes a pop-up retail installation successful.

057200-R1-36 copy.jpg

FEATURE

flo vitamins says: F**K PMS

Meet Bobby Bitton. He and his sister Brianna Bitton are on to something, well, huge. Meet FLO Vitamins: A revolutionary first-to-market gummy vitamin, that’s not only delicious, but it f**cking works. They swear that this ritual will lead to the end of your PMS.

057300-R1-33.jpg

FEAUTURE

how i will write about writing in 2019

I’ve been asked to write something that will inspire other creative types as they enter a new year. Something about what keeps me creative. My resolutions. This is how I quickly learn why writers dread writing. The truth is that my resolutions every year are the same: Read, write, ride. That’s all, every year.  

057100-R1-29 copy.jpg

FEATURES

the marketing resolutions i wish i made last year

Ah, 2018. You’ve been a wild one, but it’s been a pleasure to survive you. And as 2019 draws near, now is the time for many of us to look ahead and start making New Year resolutions that will guide our business growth….

Let me guide you through my marketing mistakes so you can learn from them and, hopefully, help you make stronger marketing resolutions in 2019.

 

FINDINGS

GOING INTO 2019, FAMOUS MEN DOUBLE DOWN ON DISAPPOINTING US

There were a lot of terrible things that happened in 2018, but one positive that came out of the year was the growing conversation around, and acknowledgement of, sexual harassment in many areas of our culture.

opinion: groundhog day branding

This seems familiar...bold accent colors, gradient pastels, ironic fonts, minimalistic logos. In the past few months, it seems like every ad I'm being fed on Instagram is for a new D2C millennial focused brand with these design blueprints.

 

Podcast

the riff 016 - on team culture

At Matte Black, "team culture" spans beyond the weekly happy hour. Tune in as Chelsea and Micah chat through the idea of company culture, and some touch points that business leaders should consider when establishing the culture for their team.

This podcast was first published in May 2018.


Screen Shot 2018-11-20 at 12.40.48 PM.png