As an educator, Matthew has developed course curriculum for topics including Participatory Design, Design Futures/Strategic Foresight, Creative Writing, Social Entrepreneurship, Marketing/Self Promotion, Design History, and Community Engagement. He has worked with ArtCenter College of Design, California College of the Arts, UCLA, CalArts, General Assembly, and the Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture, and Design in Moscow. The following are sample courses Matthew has taught. Outside of the institutional environment, Matthew and his team at verynice have lead over 250 workshops for clients, events, and communities across the globe.


Designing Social Enterprise. ArtCenter College of Design, Humanities & Sciences.

A social enterprise can be defined as a business (for-profit or nonprofit) that dedicates the majority of its focus toward solving a social or environmental problem. In this hands-on course, students will engage with a suite of design strategy tools that will allow them to invent their own social enterprise and/or consult organizations on the development of new products and services that can benefit humanity. The course consists of four key projects including a historicla analysis of an existing model of impact, the development of a preemptive social enterprise, the development of a new product or service that tackles a social cause, and the development of a new social enterprise that can exist within an existing nonprofit organization.

Design for Transformation. ArtCenter College of Design, Product Design.

Design has the power to facilitate massive change in the world. Design is most effective in its ability to facilitate transformation because it is a practice that is open and collaborative. In this transdisciplinary studio, you will be challenged to create an intervention in a place of transition to develop an accessible toolkit.

Portfolio & Career Development. ArtCenter College of Design, Graphic Design.

Co-taught with Petrula Vrontikis and Leon Rodriquez, Portfolio & Career Development prepares graphic design students for the post-graduation experience. Throughout the course, students develop their resumes and artist statements while simultaneously developing a brand, portfolio website, and installation for grad show.

Graduate Seminar I. ArtCenter College of Design, MFA Graphic Design.

The Graduate Seminar serves as an exploration of the issues in the profession. Through a mix of dialogue, presentations, and in-class workshops, we unveil a range of personal viewpoints and critical perspectives on all things design. Each week, students will be introduced to a new topic that is impacting the design industry. Topics include a diverse span of aesthetic, cultural, political, and economic trends. Weekly themes may include: Post-Internet Art, Automation/Artificial Intelligence, Journalism, Big Data/Information Architecture, Social Entrepreneurship, Scale and Acquisition in Design, Diversity and Inclusion, Strategic Foresight, DIY, Social Media, Terrorism, Participatory Design, and More.

Graduate Seminar II. ArtCenter College of Design, MFA Graphic Design.

Where did graphic design come from, and where might it be headed? What are the key trends in culture that are driving design forward today? Who are the major players throughout history that have informed graphic design as a practice? In this course, students will dive deep into the history and theory of graphic design in order to draw connections to the field's current state

Social Entrepreneurship. California College of the Arts, Design MBA (Strategic Foresight).

I was brought on at the end of 2014 to write the curriculum for the first class dedicated to the practice of "Social Entrepreneurship" at CC, and taught the course to MBA students in the Strategic Foresight track. Through the course, students research the history of prominent models in the impact space (sharing economy, one-for-one, give-half, micro-lending, etc.), create an intervention within an assigned community to test their new model of impact, and write an impact-driven business plan to define the long-term vision for their enterprise. Guest speakers/critics have included representatives from [ freespace ], Zynga, OCAD University, verynice, Kumu, Redscout, The League of Creative Interventionists, and more.

Designing Entrepreneurship. UCLA, Design Media Arts.

While at UCLA, I designed & lead an undergraduate elective course in the School of Arts & Architecture titled "Designing Entrepreneurship". Having launched my own company within the campus of UCLA, my goal was to teach the class I wish I could have taken. The course provided students with a set of hands-on, radical approaches to innovation, entrepreneurship, and the design of business. We explored historical, contemporary, and emerging perspectives on the field of entrepreneurship, in order to provide a basis for students to invent their own methodologies. Students engaged with a series of experimental models for generating innovative business that gave them practical skills to become successful self-starters upon graduation. The class culminated in a final project in which each student wrote a business plan and developed a prototype. Guest reviewers/critics included GOOD Magazine, Keep A Breast, HerbaLife, Philosophie Inc., No Right Brain Left Behind, and Impact HUB LA.

Financial Literacy for Entrepreneurs. Strelka Institute, Vector Education.

I began working with Strelka, specifically with their online education team at Vector, to develop an online course to bring business design and social enterprise practices to Russia. In February of 2016, I traveled to Moscow to film the course, give a public lecture and workshop, and advise students on their graduate projects. After the trip, I have continued to work with the team at Vector to advise them on topics related to the course curriculum as well as new tools and resources for social entrepreneurs in Moscow.

Models of Impact Workshop Series. California Institute of the Arts.

As a Visiting Lecturer at Cal Arts, my focus is on the development entrepreneurial content and programming for the Graphic Design department, and its incredible alumni. Over the course of the 2016-2017 academic year, I am leading a series of business-design workshops centered around a wide range of interests and topics that include Social Impact, Emerging Technologies, and Life on Mars. Each workshop introduces students to a series of tools leveraged for business ideation, modeling, and planning.

Poetry by Design. Skillshare & General Assembly.

Poetry by Design has been taught at General Assembly as well as the online learning website, Skillshare, where it is currently the most popular poetry class on the platform. The act of reading and writing poetry empowers designers to develop a vocabulary for empathy, an eye for opportunity, and an equal appreciation for the mundane and the magnificent through introspective observation and reflection. Our session will begin with a look into the impact poetic practices can have on innovation as well as a series of poetry-writing methodologies geared toward designers and social innovators that have been developed to cultivate new perspectives on the development of innovative solutions, and the discovery of societal problems. Finally, the session will culminate in a guided activity that will enable each attendee to create their own collaborative poems.

Design Strategy Bootcamp. General Assembly.

If you’re a designer who’s looking to create an incredible solution for a project, you have to first know how to properly define the problem and understand the potential of your scope. In this workshop, you’ll get hands-on experience with various problem-finding methods as you get introduced to cutting-edge design strategy practices. You’ll learn how to quickly get to the root of a problem and develop empathy-building skills that will help you effectively collaborate on and complete your projects.