Maroon 5 Honda Civic

ty-mattson-maroon5-civic-05The Honda Civic Tour features the biggest names in music and draws hundreds of thousands of fans. Each year the headlining band creates a custom Civic that is featured at every show and ultimately won by a lucky fan. This summer Maroon 5 will headline the tour, and we worked closely with the band to create a truly one-of-a-kind 2013 Honda Civic Si Coupe.





Here are some images from various stages of the design process. I worked closely with the band to capture their vision for the design. Then the car was custom-painted by hand.









The car is autographed by the band and will be given away to a very lucky fan at the end of the tour. You can enter to win here.





Be sure to catch Maroon 5 on the Honda Civic Tour this summer! Both the custom Civic and the motorcycle will be featured at every venue. Learn more at


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Dexter Silkscreen Intro

This is cool. My friends at Vahalla Studios print all of the Dexter posters I make. This is what it looks like.

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Crazy Hare Logo

We just finished designing a logo for a new racing/lifestyle brand called Crazy Hare. This was a fun project and I liked a lot of the concepts that we developed so I thought I would share a few of our ideas. Ultimately the client went with the first design below, because the emphasis on speed and motion…but I really like how the last two concepts play off the the name from a conceptual standpoint.


- Ty + 3.23.11 | 10:23 am


oh man these are fantastic! i can see why they went with the direction they chose if they are racing company, but all of them are GREAT!

- Steve + 3.23.11 | 4:55 pm

Thanks, Steve!

- Ty + 3.23.11 | 4:55 pm

From an artist’s standpoint, I appreciate that you post the various concepts amongst the final design. To me they represent all the pitstops the mind has made during that journey through the imagination. It’s too easy to get attached to a favorite, despite there always being another idea that better represents the purpose. Love the wildness of #2, the idea of #5, and absolutely adore the abstract curves of #4.

- cmac + 3.23.11 | 10:39 pm

Hi Ty, I follow your work through your mom. I too have a son with DS. As far as your work… It’s great! After viewing all designs, number 3 does it for me. I have some experience in this field, and #3 is 1.identifiable immediately. The brain can process this image in a nano second (isn’t that what your client wants?) 2. with a different wheel element in the rear open space, your client could use this for a complete line, from auto to bike etc. and 3. just the eye touches on the “crazy” element. The font is ok. Great work thought. Wonderful concepts. Love all the other comments as well. Some great thinkers. I love the comment above regarding “Pitstops”

- John + 3.24.11 | 8:43 am

I love them all, but especially #3! I do have a question though. Why is the #1 hare (the chosen one) facing the opposite direction of the other concepts? Moving “backwards?”

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I really dig the final concept pictured because I get a Donnie Darko vibe from the image, which is nothing near the client’s desire, but Frank was, without a doubt, a crazy hare.

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Wow..These are great! It’s always interesting to see a designer’s initial ideas and concepts. Thank you for the post.

- Irina + 4.25.11 | 1:08 pm

Hey Mattson, this band is using your logo you designed without permission. Straight up stole it.

The “artist” is named Chanel Crowley, I think you should know about this.

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Just as a follow up, Chanel Crowley had absolutely nothing to do with “stealing” the image. I wrote an email directly to Mattson Creative and claimed responsibility. Chanel Crowley only painted what I’d used as “placeholder art” – intended as inspiration for the style of art I’d planned to pitch to bandmates as we developed a name / brand. I fucked up and let what was intended as temporary go unchecked by other folks who thought it was a logo and started incorporating the image into flyers and paintings, etc. We’ve already changed our artwork, removing Mattson Creative works, and also asked Mattson Creative a price for licensing, etc., with no response. It was a dumb fuck up by a dumb dude that plays guitar, but certainly no fault of Chanel Crowley – She assumed that was a logo we’d created and decided on. I don’t want to besmirch another artist’s name nor take credit for anyone’s original work.

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Dexter Season 5 Poster

I am very excited to finally release my Dexter Season 5 poster! A limited first-edition of 200 are now available on the Showtime website. Take it!

I thought that it would be cool to show the creative process on this project. So I documented the entire project from start to finish, so that you could see everything that goes into making the print. I actually recorded my screen while designing the poster, then time-lapsed it so you can see the artwork come to life!

This was the original rough sketch. After the finale, I went back and scanned through all of the episodes and made a list of the moments that I thought were iconic throughout the season. Then I tried to see how they might work together.

Once the design was finished I sent the art to  Vahalla Studios. When it comes to screen printing, these guys are the best! The prints are 3 color on Super Thick French Black Licorice paper. Since we’re printing on black, we do a double hit of the white. Then the pink layer prints, and the red is last. Here are some photos of the posters being printed.

I was thrilled with the way it turned out. It’s not an easy piece to print, but it came out perfectly. Below are some detail images of the finished poster.

The poster is currently available on We also did a second edition of the Season 1-4 prints in case you missed those. The art is exactly the same. The only difference is that I changed the scalpel to a cleaver in the bottom right corner to indicate the second edition.

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Amazing stuff, again! Wow!

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Another fantastic poster! Thanks for including your process in this post. It’s always great to see how how things like this evolve. Well done!

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Awesome work, awesome show. A+!

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- Jolby + 1.24.11 | 10:02 am

Amazing! the shape of the luggage, the angle of the barrels, its perfect. Definitely going to pick one up. Really impressive stuff, congrats!

- Fernando Reza + 1.24.11 | 12:19 pm

Whoah—that video is both mind-numbing and mind-blowing at the same time. A reminder that great work comes from countless creative decisions. Congrats!

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The time lapse video is really cool! Truly shows how time intensive these projects are! It was great to see how you were continuously rearranging and revamping it to perfection.

- Sam Allen + 1.24.11 | 2:13 pm

I always love seeing the process. Very fascinating, Ty. Well done.

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Wow man, truly great stuff again. And so cool to see how it all came together in a video !! Loved it !
Im a fan !

- Robert + 1.26.11 | 12:42 am

These are multiple types of badassery! I love the show and these are a perfect compliment to it. Awesome work man!

I would never attempt to copy but I really want to start getting in to this style of art. Inspiration abound!

- Arron + 1.26.11 | 1:14 pm

Awesome! What’s your technique for creating the texture? Are those files bitmap tiffs?

- Alan + 1.26.11 | 5:30 pm

Thanks Alan! Yes they are.

- Ty + 1.26.11 | 5:35 pm

Excellent video! And love that music, it’s perfect with the images and theme. DEXTER!

- Giorgetta + 1.28.11 | 11:42 am

Lovely illustration & poster design. It’s great to see the design process as well, thanks for sharing.

Wanted to share your work on my personal blog:

Hope that’s OK–otherwise do let me know :)

- david + 1.29.11 | 12:56 pm

Congrats on this latest print, I love seeing the process. But most of all I would LOVE to see a Mad Men poster (the Lost prints were amazing)

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- Steve + 3.3.11 | 1:20 pm

Ugh. Just found the video for making this on tumblr and it inspired me to learn more about it. Man, it’s so rad. Thanks so much for giving a glimpse into the process, Ty. Made my night!

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2010 Recap

2010 has wrapped up and by every account it was an amazing year. So many incredible things happened over the last twelve months that I thought a recap might be in order.

It was definitely the best year on record for Mattson Creative. We added some fantastic new clients such as Apple, Hasbro and Mattel, while continuing our collaborations with Brilliant Sky Toys, Discovery Channel, Pocono Modern, Maroon 5, Sara Bareilles and many more.

Some of my favorite projects in 2010 began as personal initiatives. Exactly one year ago, I created 8 posters inspired by the television show, LOST.

I was a big fan of the show. But what I loved even more was the community that the show inspired. We invited a few people over to watch it together during Season 4. And each week more and more friends would come. People that we didn’t even know would show up at our door. Like this girl. I literally have no idea who she is. She just showed up one night. Dressed up. As The Island. Awesome.

We had a few traditions. The first was that before every show, I would introduce the program by saying, “22 Conyers Lane presents, LOST!” This odd custom of stating my address and formally introducing movies and TV programs dates back to college (where it began as subtle homage to the scene in Say Anything when Lloyd Dobler introduces Cocoon to the nursing home). So every week, without fail, I would introduce the show, “22 Conyers Lane presents, LOST!”

The second tradition was a weekly email that I would send out to our ever-expanding Lost group. The day of the show I would send out a quick invitation. Like this:

Or this…

or this…

or this one…

I wouldn’t spend more than 10 minutes on these. They were just fun, fast Photoshop invites. But last year, for the premiere of the final season of the show, I decided to spend a little more time and actually design a good invitation.

I’ve always admired the work of  studios that designed silkscreen gig posters and I had always wanted to explore that visual language and style. At the same time I was looking at Taschen’s reprint of Arts & Architecture, and I was completely inspired by all of the incredible cover designs. Most of the LOST fan art that was being done in response to the show was very literal. I wanted to create something minimal and more abstract. My goal was to take the complex mythology and narrative structure of the show and distill it to simple, smart visual expressions.

I had so many ideas that I wound up creating 8 designs that day, and for fun, I posted them to my blog.

Then things got interesting.

I received an overwhelmingly positive response to the designs. Which led to some incredible opportunities and experiences over the next few months. ABC made the prints available online as official LOST merchandise…I was invited to visit Bad Robot and the Lost Writers’ Office on the Disney lot…I got to meet the writers, producers and even some of the show’s cast…I even got to see  Saturday Night Live filmed in New York because one of the featured players is a huge LOST fan! Unreal!

But my favorite part of this whole story is that through the posters, I got in touch with Jorge Garcia – who played Hurley on LOST. He loves Lost fan-art and I sent him a few sets of the prints I designed. And in return he sent me this:

I can’t even describe how much cool it was to have Hurley introduce the show for our group of die-hard LOST fans! So much fun! And by the end of the season, we had two more celebrity intros.

The entire experience with the LOST-inspired art was so incredible, that I couldn’t help but to try and recreate maybe just a little bit of the magic with another one of my favorite shows…Dexter!

I started watching the show in 2010 and where LOST was very much a community event, I have to say, Dexter is more of a guilty pleasure. I had the idea to summarize the narrative of an entire season graphically in a single poster. During this time, I was inspired by Christoph Niemann’s illustration for MoMa which I saw in New York, and also really loved the silkscreen prints by the Little Friends of Printmaking. I was intrigued by the idea of creating a complex graphic illustration with a very limited color palette. I also liked the concept of “building” a visual story, like architecture, to create a single cohesive piece, comprised of many smaller icons. And of course Saul Bass has always been a big influence on all my work.

Once again, when I published these to my blog I received a really incredible response. Showtime was excited about the designs and made them available on their website…I was able to meet some of the amazingly talented people who write, produce and star in the show…and there is even a chance that I will actually be an extra in Season 6. Unbelievable!

So you would think that after all of these incredible experiences that I would be done with the recap…but the reality is, none of this compares to my number-one highlight of 2010…

Becoming a dad.

On March 13, 2010 my son, Shepard, was born. And words just could never describe the joy that he is, in my life. Of all the things I’ve ever created or designed, I will never do better than this.

Which is why 2010 is my favorite year.

- Ty + 1.18.11 | 6:30 pm


awesome ty! congrats on such an amazing year for you!

i really do think some of the best work comes out of direct passion for something. my dream job is being a book cover designer, so a few months ago, i started creating some new covers for my favorite books. now i do about one a week and i love it and the response has been awesome:

i know it sounds corny, but you’re an inspiration. thanks dude!

- Matt Roeser + 1.18.11 | 6:52 pm

I am SO jealous of your LOST posters and have been always looking to buy one of them online but i can never find any besides the smoke monster one. Where can I get one of the first set of posters you did for LOST?

- joshua balleza + 1.18.11 | 6:55 pm

What an incredible year you had Ty! I have to agree with @Matt – you are quite inspiring. And BTW, Shepard is adorable. Best wishes for an equally exciting 2011.

- Jarhead + 1.18.11 | 7:34 pm

Thanks guys! Josh, I the actual silkscreen prints of the first series of Lost posters are unfortunately all gone! Sorry!

- Ty + 1.19.11 | 9:32 am

Like Matt, I love that your passion shown through your personal projects resulted in such amazing opportunities showing that no project is too small. Thanks for sharing your inspiration as well and congratulations on becoming a dad! This was a great post!

- Sam Allen + 1.19.11 | 9:57 am

Ty, I’ve followed your work for a few years now, and it’s great to see you getting some well deserved recognition! rock on!!

- jonathan bowden + 1.20.11 | 8:58 am

I’m sitting here at work tearing up, hoping that no one stops by my cube at this moment while I am rubbing my wet eyes… and I don’t even know you. :-) I am such a sucker for heart-felt, good news type narratives. Congrats on all your success!!!

- Teresa + 1.20.11 | 9:40 am

Thanks Sam, Jonathan and Teresa!!

- Ty + 1.20.11 | 10:12 am

Congrats ty on a beautiful little boy! I just have a quick question… When you first put your posters online to sell, how did it work with copyright? I would have presumed the shows wouldn’t have been happy with you using their intelectual property to make money, yet they obviously had the opposite reaction! Any advice you can give to clear up the issue of copyright would be greatly appreciated!

- Dave + 1.24.11 | 4:57 pm

Hey Dave, these Lost & Dexter posters became official merchandise sold through and respectively.

- Ty + 1.25.11 | 9:20 am

Ty… so stoked for you. Just goes to show how if you do what you love and you’re persistent, things will break. Great job!

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