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

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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 design strategy consultancy that specializes in brand experience 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 $16,000,000.00 USD in discounted or pro-bono services and educational 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 been used by thousands of organizations, practitioners, and students spanning 130 countries. Matthew regularly speaks at events across the globe including multiple TEDx talks, AIGA’s National Design Conference, HOW Design Live, Core77 Conference, PRIMER, and SXSW EDU. In addition, his award-winning work and ideas have 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. 

Matthew is also an Assistant Professor of Design and Assistant Dean of Academic Strategy at the USC Iovine and Young Academy, a school that brings together design, business, and technology in order to create the next generation of creative problem solvers. 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. Matthew has also 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