Matthew Manos is an award-winning design strategist, social entrepreneur, and educator living in Los Angeles.


Matthew is the Founder and Managing Director of verynice, a design strategy consultancy that gives half of its work away for free to nonprofit organizations. verynice’s clientele includes Google, UNICEF, NASA, and the American Heart Association. verynice is most well known for being one of the first social enterprises in the design industry. To date, verynice has provided access to over $10MM worth of services and resources to benefit 3,900+ organizations, practitioners, and students across the globe. Matthew is also the Creative Director of Models of Impact, a role-playing and ideation game that simulates the process of launching a social enterprise. The game is leveraged by practitioners in 100+ countries.

Called “crazy or genius” by Forbes Magazine, and named one of seven millennials changing the world by The Huffington Post, Matthew’s pioneering work in the field of social enterprise has inspired thousands of practitioners to engage in socially and environmentally responsible business. He is the author of How to Give Half of Your Work Away for Free and Toward a Preemptive Social Enterprise. Matthew is a Curator and Teacher at the Strelka Institute in Moscow, and teaches Design Strategy and Social Entrepreneurship at CCA’s MBA in Design Strategy Program as well as at ArtCenter College of Design. Matthew speaks at institutions across the globe, and his work and ideas have also been featured in Entrepreneur, GOOD, Maxim, Inc, Fast Company, Wired, CBS, and Business Insider.

The role of the designer in our culture is changing. And Matthew Manos, founder of global design-strategy consultancy, verynice, is at the forefront of this movement.
— Ilise Benun, HOW Magazine