Matthew Curry bio_
With a career spanning 20 years, Matthew’s award-winning, graphic design and illustration has been profiled by APPLE, earned him two Grammy®-Nominations and an ART TALK feature on VICE®. Beyond his nominated work for Thievery Corporation, Matthew’s artwork has been commissioned by Fortune 500 Companies and hangs in galleries and private collections all over the world. In addition to his work as an artist, Matthew has also been invited to speak about his work and process for National Geographic, The Art Director’s Club, AIGA, and The Corcoran College of Art & Design. Matthew operates out of his studio in Georgetown (Washington D.C.) with the support of his wife Eugenia and their son, Alexander.
Studio information_
boy vs dragon® is a creative studio that provides consultancy across a spectrum of design disiplines, our portfolio includes music packaging, logo design, print design, broadcast design, illustration, animation, audio and interactive media. Our clients are large and small, encompassing a wide range of industries.

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Matthew Curry & ashbydesign for Pokémon America

Our goal was to conceptualize merchandise and narratives without interfering with Pokemon’s core audience and product offerings. These offerings speak to the legacy of Pokémon, while remaining faithful to the foundational element of Pokémon: Collectibility.

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Versions: Thievery Corporation

Inspired by a shared appreciation of The Beatles Revolver album cover by Klaus Voorman, Neal Ashby and design partner Matthew Curry attempted a true collaboration: both artists served as illustrator and designer, handing the storyline and digital files back and forth, over and over, until the lines between design and illustration were blurred. A 32 page book was included in the package, and limited editions of the merchandising poster and skateboard decks were made for sale. The creative process was illustrated in detail on a pop up website The Art of Versions. Ashby Design was featured on the Apple website for both the art and the technology used in creating the design.

The package went on to be nominated for the Grammy® Award for Best Recording Package.

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Symphonik: Thievery Corporation

Continuing our design relationship with electronic duo Thievery Corporation, the latest package design direction was inspired by the orchestration that accompanies the music. The visual narrative of butterflies moving through the void of space to find lush organic worlds is the collaborative illustration of Matt Curry and Neal Ashby. The white sousaphones double as galactic mushrooms.



For Thievery Corporation’s Versions, hundreds of individual illustrations and photos were stitched together for a visual narrative. Apple took note of the Grammy® nominated design for Best Recording Package, and featured Neal Ashby and Matt Curry on its website. 

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The Phantom Arena, (Solo Art Exhibition), Lost Origins Gallery,
November 2018, Washington, D.C

Caketrain Journal, (cover artwork), Issue 07, December 2009, Pittsburg, PA

Music Graphics, (reproduction), art direction by Clifford Stoltze, published by Rockport Publishers Inc., 2008, Beverly, Massachusetts

Simply Packaging, (reproduction), edited and published by viction:workshop ltd, 2008, Hong Kong, China

WEB Design Notes: Making Magazine of Web Design, “The World Site Gallery” by Egami Kaori (feature & reproduction), Issue No. 2, 2007, Japan

STEP Inside Design: The 100 Winners of State of Design, “Ashby Design/Imagefed” by Tiffany Nicole Slade (feature & reproduction), Volume 23 Number 2, March/April 2007, New York, NY

IDN International Designers Network: Crime & Ornament, “It’s an Ornamental World/Matthew Curry” (interview & reproduction), Volume 14 Number 02, Hong Kong, China

Post Modern Bible Stories: Sunday School Never Looked Like This, publisher: Relevant Books

bibliography (cont’d)
Digital Arts (Digit), (cover artwork), Issue 95, London, UK

Canceled Flight: 101 Tried and True Pigeon Killin’ Methods, edited by A. V. Jones, Throckmorton Press, (original), New York, NY

The Drama: The A to Z Issue, (reproduction), Issue 5, Richmond, VA

XFUNS Creative & Design Magazine, “SOHO” (interview & reproduction), No. 21, Taiwan

STEP Inside Design: Special Annual Issue: The Hottest Website Designs, “Best of Web Design” by Michelle Taut (review & reproduction), Volume 21/Number 5, New York, NY

Taschen: Best of Web Design Portfolio, publisher: Taschen

Blond Magazin: Arbeit, (feature & reproduction)
Hamburg, Germany

Color: A Skateboard Culture Magazine, Faesthetic editorial, (reproduction), Issue 3.2, Vancouver BC, Canada

EMPTY Design Magazine, “Ninja Who? Matthew Curry” by Rory Woods (feature and reproduction), Number 02, Darlinghurst, Australia

étapes: graphisme design image création, (feature & reproduction), Issue 114, Paris, France

bibliography (cont’d)
étapes: international, (feature & reproduction), Issue 02, Paris, France

Katalogue: New Art, (reproduction), Volume 01, London, UK

Digital Arts (Digit), (feature & reproduction), Issue 79, London, UK

Kmag (Knowledge Magazine), “Art: Ninjacruise” by Rahul Verma (review & reproduction), Vol. 2/Issue 49, London, UK

Impress Web Design Magazine, (interview & reproduction), Volume 53, Seoul, KoreaWIRED, ( editorial guest illustration), New York, NY

Faesthetic, Issue 4, edited by Dustin Amery Holstetler, (reproduction),Toledo, Ohio

.net Magazine, “Gallery: Net’s Best Digital Artists”, (original), Issue 112, Bath, England

Writing: Urban Calligraphy and Beyond, (reproduction), author: Markus Mai & Arthur Remke, publisher: Gestalten Verlag, Berlin

Semi-Permanent: The Book, (reproduction), publisher: Design is Kinky, Sydney, Australia
✦ awards
Grammy Nomination, Best Record Packaging of Radio Retaliation, Thievery Corporation, ESLMusic

Grammy Nomination, Best Record Packaging of Versions, Thievery Corporation, ESLMusic

Art Director’s Club of Metropolitan Washington DC Gold Award for Best Packaging of Versions, Thievery Corporation, ESLMusic

Art Directors Club of Metropolitan Washington (ADCMW), Silver Award for Best Packaging of The Corcoran College of Art + Design Interactive Brochure

Communications Design Annual 47 for Audio/Visual Packaging “Versions”

STEP Inside Design, 50 Best of Web Design for personal portfolio “"
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Video Credits: “Matthew Curry - Day in the Life” by  RUN RIOT

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