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Matthew Bejtlich © 2022
Matt is co-designing systems, strategies, and atmospheres to help nuture regenerative communities.

He is currently working as a sustainability research consultant and teacher. He is an active member of ETH Zurich’s Designing Resilient Regenerative Systems group, TB21–Academy’s Ocean/UNI, and the Yale Forest Forum.

On the side, he runs his studio, Studio Matt Bejtlich, specializing in visual and sound design. He was previously mentored by Bradley Zero, founder of Rhythm Section International in London and DJ at NTS Radio. For work inquires or to say hello please reach out below.


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Email
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Education
2018–2021
Rhode Island School of Design
MFA Graphic Design
Focus in Sustainability

2017–2018
Brown University
MSc Data Science

2010–2015
UMass Dartmouth
BS Electrical Engineering


Clients and Collaborators
Albert Medical School, Bioengineering Lab
British Fashion Council
Brown University
Brown University, HCI Lab
Caalo
Google
Holition
Lukso
Naval Undersea Warfare Center, USRD
Non
Rhode Island School of Design
SeedLinked


Press/Features
Apple Music
Bolting Bits
British Fashion Council
Brown University
Harper's Bazaar
Indie Shuffle
RISD Grad Show
Stereofox
WWD






Matthew Bejtlich
Select works
About
2016–Onward

OPEN ARTICULATIONS (RISD MFA THESIS) 

Open Articulations proposes new strategies for mapping, archiving, and understanding territories through a practice focused on mindful presence, play, and physical immersion. In making participatory archives of our experiences, it opens a collective space for multiple voices to be heard, allowing different points of view of a territory, and offering new ways of understanding a place and each other.
        The thesis introduces how these participatory design approaches could make environmental systems (such as food systems) more transparent and equitable by encouraging an unsmoothing and juxtaposing of human experiences.

Date: 2021
Class: Graduate Thesis II (RISD)
Primary Advisor: Paul Soulellis
Secondary Advisor: Aki Nurosi

Format: Book (Hardcover)
Pages: 196
Size: 8.46″ by 11.6″

︎Participatory Design, Social Cohesion, Innovation Design, Systems Thinking



︎︎︎Digital Version (PDF)

KINESTHETIC

Who am I? As part of my Graduate Studio I class at Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), each student was asked to contributed a 16-page signature in response to this question, which began with a series of tasks as a way to set off the path of exploring, responding, and collecting in and around Providence, RI.
        The spreads shown to the right depict my personal kinesthetic and psychological experiences as I explore the space around Providence and carry out ritualistic daily athletic movements—biking, ping pong, tennis, and soccer. The photography arrangement is inspired by that of a musical passage or score, the score of my kinesthetic seasons. 
︎Editorial Design, Photography




VEGA ARCHIPELAGO 

The Vega Archipelago, a cluster of Islands just south of the Artic Circle in Norway, is a protected World Heritage site that is known for its frugal and sustainable way of life based on animal and human relationships. For thousands of years, the inhabitants have relied on fishing and the harvesting of down from eider ducks for survival.
        I created a comprehensive identity system for the World Heritage site, including a logo, logomark, informational book, website, New York Times advertisements, and site sign.

Date: 2019
Client: Self
Class: Graduate Type III (RISD)
Instructor: Doug Scott, MFA


︎Identity, Website, Print







SOUND MAPPING AND EMOTIONAL RESONANCE

How do we connect to a landscape through sound? How can sound be a creative medium for long-distance human connection? I asked 10 friends from around the world (e.g. Los Angeles, Brooklyn, London, Vancouver, Cologne, Raja Ampat Islands, and Copenhagen) to take part in a collaborative sound mapping activity by recording distinct sounds from places they found inspirational, and to supply an additional personal reflection (through voice).
       From these personal contributions, I then made a video to tell the full sonic journey taken by the group, working specifically with the devices of sound collage and video, in order to reveal any  unexpected relationships and juxtapositions between the responses.

Date: 2019
Client: Self
Class: Graduate Studio I (RISD)
Instructor: Paul Soulellis

︎Data Science, Experiential Design, Videography



UPCYCLED JACKET & INSTALLATION

Archetype is an interactive future retail concept which showcases unique repaired garments—created from old, damaged, or abandoned source material—and digitally augments them with granular data narratives to tell the story of the upcycled piece.
        This project was two-fold and took place in a quick span of two weeks for a proof of concept. A billowy upcycled jacket was created from a 50-year-old spinnaker sail. Next, in the audio-visual component, visitors learn of the rich historical and cultural significance of the garment through archival sailing footage, overlaid audio recordings about upcycling practice, and personal maritime stories. The garment silhouette is superimposed back into the video image in real-time. 

Date: 2019
Client: Self
Class: In/On/Between (RISD)
Instructor: Catherine Andreozzi

︎Experience Design, Innovation Design









UNIVERS TYPE SPECIMEN

A printed type specimen booklet made for the Univers type family, highlighting its unique history, many weights, formal aesthetic, and commerical use cases.

Date: 2018
Client: Self
Class: Graduate Typography I
Instructor: Aki Nurosi, MFA

︎Typography, Book, Print




LISSITZKY POSTER

Arranged and printed on a large sail-like canvas, this poster features a collection of notable works from the annual Kieler Woche sailing event held in Kiel, Germany. The selected artists pay homage to El Lissitzky’s distinct constructivist approach with the use of simple geometric shapes, and angular, asymmetric compositions.
        The angle of the left side of the poster identifies the work of Kieler Woche designers and the angle of the right side refers to Lissitzky’s images.

Date: 2019
Client: Self
Class: Graduate Typography III (RISD)
Instructor: Doug Scott

︎Graphic Design




ASSORTED ALBUM ARTWORK 

A collection of record sleeves created over the years. 

Client: Dayspired
Date: 2010–2020

︎Graphic Design, Album Artwork




SCULPTURAL AUDIO

Visualizing music through photography and paper folding. The images shown here were created using a wet paper folding technique. The paper was set overnight to dry in abstract forms, and then arranged and photographed.  

Date: 2019
Client: Self
Class: Graduate Form II
Instructor: Tom Wedell
     
︎Photography