Matthew Grayson


Before I began Art Center I was in the newly renovated MOMA in New York with my mom and we had been talking about my plans to get an MFA. I had done my undergrad in Fine Art and Computer Science and had been working in web development for a couple years. Industrial Design was something I had thought about years before—it’s what originally led me to take a drawing class and I had gone so far as to order and fill out the Art Center application in my junior year at Trinity—but at the time I was living in NY and entertaining the idea of being an artist.

As we took an elevator down from the top floor and rounded the corner I stopped to admire the automatic sliding doors and how they seemed to predict whether to close or stay open for an oncoming group. They appeared seamless and flawless, the sensors tucked away from sight, the tracks buried neatly into the floor.

Ten minutes later my mom circled back. “So, you seem to be more interested in the doors than the art on the wall. Are you sure about this MFA? What about industrial design?”

Four years later I’m answering that same question. To me it’s about curiosity and creating compelling narratives. I tend to experiment, fail once in a while, recover and have fun.

As a designer, I'm always leveraging my previous degree and work experience. Computer Science taught me more about analytical problem solving than how to write Java and I take advantage of my Fine Arts training during any conceptual discussion.

In the spectrum of Industrial Design, I find myself somewhere between researching what it is we’re trying to solve and sorting out the nitty gritty details of how we do it. I love doing field research, having an eye-opening moment that proves me wrong and creating concepts and physical prototypes that push the project forward. I love working with brilliant people from other disciplines and my previous career left me adept at guiding clients through technical and creative projects.