(b. 1988) is a neo-philanthropist, creative director, and author that is dedicated to disrupting the economic models of service-oriented business. Matthew began his freelance design career at the age of 16, which is the same year he took on his first pro-bono client, and launched his first company. Three years later, he founded verynice
, a global design and innovation consultancy that dedicates over 50% of its efforts toward free services for non-profit organizations. Matthew has helped build 350+ brands in every sector and industry across the globe, and his studio works with a diverse clientele that range from Fortune 500 companies to small local shops. As of 2013, verynice has also provided over $1,000,000
worth of pro-bono design and consulting services in 40+ countries spanning 6 continents to benefit 250+ organizations thanks to a volunteer staff of 275+ practioners located around the world. Now with offices in Los Angeles and New York, the company is on track to donate the equivalent of over $10,000,000 worth of pro-bono services by 2020. Notable clients of verynice have included UNICEF, NASA, MTV Networks, NRDC, Edison International, Facebook, Kaiser Permanente, and Disney Imagineering.
Named one of “Seven Millennials Changing the World” by The Huffington Post, Matthew’s work and ideas have also been published in 200+ print and online venues internationally including Forbes, The Guardian, Inc, GOOD, and MTV. Manos speaks regularly at events and institutions across the United States including an influential TEDx talk in 2012 titled "Reinterpreting the Role of a Designer” and an additional forthcoming TEDx talk slated for February, 2014. He is also the author of “How to Give Half of Your Work Away for Free,” an internationally distributed documentation of verynice’s 50% pro-bono business model and the subsequent “Give Half Movement” that is currently taking the small business and freelance economies by storm. The online edition of the book has already been translated into 30 languages with readership spanning over 500 cities across the globe. Representative of his passion for connecting the fields of design and business, Manos pioneered the first class on entrepreneurship in the UCLA School of Arts and Architecture in 2012, and continues to teach the course. He holds a BA in Design Media Arts from UCLA (2010), and an MFA in Media Design from the Art Center College of Design (2012).