tl;dr Matthew Manos is an award-winning design strategist, professor, social entrepreneur, and writer living in Los Angeles. 🙋‍♂️


Called “crazy or genius” by Forbes, and recognized as one of the 100 most influential creatives working today by HOW Magazine, Matthew Manos is the Founder and Managing Director of verynice, a consultancy that specializes in design strategy and creative facilitation. With a portfolio of work that has reached over 500 million people across the globe, verynice’s client experience spans 700+ brands including the American Heart Association, the City of Los Angeles, Disney Imagineering, Google, and UNICEF. Driven by a mission to alleviate expenses for non-profit organizations while increasing access to design strategy for all, verynice launched in 2008 as one of the first examples of social enterprise in the design industry. Over the course of the company’s history, through a range of impact models and initiatives, verynice and its network of 700+ volunteers have been able to provide thousands of organizations, practitioners, and students with access to over $17,000,000.00 USD in discounted or pro-bono services and resources.

Matthew is the author of How to Give Half of Your Work Away for Free and Towards a Preemptive Social Enterprise, and is the creator of various methods, resources, and tools that have reached thousands of organizations, practitioners, and students spanning 170 countries. Matthew regularly speaks at events across the globe including multiple TEDx talks, AIGA’s National Design Conference, HOW Design Live, Core77 Conference, PRIMER, ADIM, and SXSW EDU. Matthew’s work has been featured in numerous print, online, and broadcast venues including Entrepreneur, GOOD, Inc, Fast Company, MTV, Wired, The Guardian, Success Magazine, HuffPo, CBS, Maxim, Stanford Social Innovation Review, Billboard, HUGO BOSS, and Business Insider. His articles and creative writing have also been published by Naropa University, the Association for Professional Futurists, UNICEF, Beautiful/Decay Magazine, HOW, Forbes, the American Business Journals, the American Institute of Architects, GOOD, and the Academy for Design Innovation Management.

Matthew is also the Assistant Dean for Academic Strategy and an Assistant Professor of Design at the USC Iovine and Young Academy, a school that brings together design, business, and technology in order to create the next generation of entrepreneurs and innovators. As a teacher, Matthew has lead workshops and masterclasses on social entrepreneurship and design strategy across the United States and internationally in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Croatia, Estonia, Japan, Mexico, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Spain, and Ukraine. He has also exhibited or presented work in France, Germany, and the United Kingdom. Matthew has served as a guest lecturer or visiting designer at 20+ additional academic institutions. Prior to his appointment with USC, he held various faculty and visiting faculty positions at UCLA, CCA, Cal Arts, General Assembly, ArtCenter College of Design, and the Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design in Moscow. He holds an MFA in Media Design from the ArtCenter College of Design, and a BA in Design Media Arts from UCLA.

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