Although we have met many of our ever growing family of ROLLOUT collaborators in exotic locales and through chance encounters, sometimes it's as simple as a plain old e-mail. This how we met and ended up working with Matthew.
Company/Organization: Matthew Langille Design LLC
Education: The New York State College of Art and Design at Alfred University
Describe your work:
My work is very organic in how my designs come to fruition. I work through stacks of computer paper and use pens and markers. I use them because their permanence doesn’t allow me to adjust the line and therefore gives me a much more original and often more gestural line. My work has been referred to as being naive, childlike, witty, and edgy. I love having whimsy in my work and humor or lightheartedness.
What I love…in a stream of consciousness form: Crayola Crayons, Sharpies, bright colors, pop art, Henry Darger, Egon Schiele, Claes Oldenburg, Fred Perry, Prada, Yoshitomo Nara, Jay Z, Billy Holiday, Leonard Cohen, Antony and The Johnsons, Nick Cave, B.I.G., Tupac, Mui Mui, Otis Redding, Ella Fitzgerald, pizza, movies… etc. These are all a drop in the bucket of what inspires me… or at least makes me happy and excited to keep designing.
Future Projects… I would love to do some work for Prada. And I’d also like to have my first book published. In terms of projects that are in development I have designed in collaboration with Reco Jeans a collection of jeans for men and women which will be released a bit later this year. I have also designed wallets for JFold which will be released in the coming months as well. Lastly, I have begun working on my first vinyl toy and it should also be released this year sometime. So things are definitely exciting. Also, keep an eye out for a new graphic I did for Marc by Marc Jacobs coming out this year.
What is one word that describes your artist style?
How did you get started working with ROLLOUT?
We met, we spoke, here we are!
Please list a few cool or inspirational websites you visit and love:
This is a tough one. There are sooo many out there. I like product and so I find myself browsing websites all over the world. I love Colette. But I mostly run into sites and check them out and then move on. I don’t really seek them out, they find me somehow because I am always looking for new cool products and fun companies so in my search for companies all over the world I always find myself seeing tons of fun and inspirational websites and blogs!
What resources do you use for creating your work?
I use markers, pens, and computer paper. Then I have my lovely cheap scanner and my 27 inch Mac OSX. Huge screen. I love it (along with three other MACs acquired over time).
Can you share any of your secret tips?
No real secrets with me. haha. I just would say that I try to embrace my work and not be influenced by other people’s work. I also love that there is interesting stuff going on all over the world so what I do is always look for fun projects globally! And have fun!
What did your parents want you to be instead of a designer?
Haha. I just think they were happy that I was interested in something. Also, it seems for parents, that having children being ‘released’ from Art School into the ‘world’ doesn’t make for very confident or stress free parents… haha. They were pushing me to get a job serving ice cream right before things took off for me… haha But, now they are very happy and proud that I’ve become successful and I can do what I love every day. My family is largely made up of creatives so they have always been supportive of my goals and career choice.
Is there a piece of art you wished you had created, and why?
A piece of art in existence? Hmmmm… tough one again… I suppose I wish that Louis Vuitton hadn’t been so damn narrow minded and chosen Takashi Murakami and Richard Prince to do the bag collaborations with them. I mean I would have been happy to do it for them… hahaha. I would have loved to have done that collaboration. Maybe next time if Richard and Takashi would just back down and just focus on the bigger projects…haha. Joking of course! Kind of!
What gets you excited about tomorrow?
I love what I do. Just love it! And being able to go to bed with my wife and wake up to my work is just a perfect situation! I’m a lucky guy! I like waking up to see all the interesting emails and proposals I have which come in overnight from all over the world received at all different hours. One project going down with a company from Denmark and more projects with companies from Australia and Russia and London. It’s fabulous!
How would you refer to the current artistic style and mindset you live in today?
Current style… always the same really. Gestural, spontaneous drawing with good music to help the juices flow. Late nights making work and getting covered in ink. I really want to do great things this year. a lot of determination running through my veins now. I want fun collaborations and I’ll beat up Takashi and Richard if I need to… hahaha But seriously, the current climate is perfect right now for graphic artists and I just want to take it all in and do some kick ass work!
Anything else you’d like to add?
Here’s to 2010 and more fun collaborations! And call me Louis ;) !
PAPERS BY MATTHEW LANGILLEPops of Pastel