SND CYN Studios

 

Mattson Creative is a small design firm, by design. Our size is a competitive advantage. I can respond quickly to, and collaborate closely with clients. Being intentionally small also allows me to selective with clients, agile when it comes to change, and hands-on with design. As a small design studio, we’ve worked directly with some of the biggest brands in the world – Apple, Billabong, CBS, Coke, Dreamworks, Mattel, Hasbro, and Nickelodeon, to name a few. Small is the new big.

The only downside of running a boutique studio is that you really don’t need that much space to do it. I’ve always wanted to work in a big, ultra-creative office – an inspiring environment, teeming with interesting people, doing inspiring work. But I’ve never wanted to manage the number of employees that would necessitate a studio of that size. My passion is design, not management. I wanted the energy, community and culture of a large creative agency…I just didn’t want the agency.

So I set out to create the type of office that I wanted to work in, and I invited my friends and colleagues to join me. It turns out that they were looking for the same thing I was: a unique environment and a creative community. I decided to expand our existing space in Old Town Irvine into a collaborative workspace for creative professionals. We filled it quickly and now the space is home to artists, designers, photographers, producers and developers. And I get to go to work everyday with my friends. We call it SND CYN Studios – which is derived from our address on Sand Canyon Avenue.

All summer we’ve been working on the building– a 125 year-old former lima bean factory – reimagining and redesigning the interior into a one-of-a-kind creative workspace – and we’re almost finished. Stay tuned to my blog for more pictures as we finalize the studio. It’s exciting to see it coming together.

 

 

- Ty + 10.15.12 | 11:46 am

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So rad to see all those pics in one place! It’s great to be here…

- Pat Brumfield + 10.16.12 | 10:41 am

N.L.S

- JOSH ELLIOTT + 10.16.12 | 10:55 am

Excellent work!

- Dave + 10.16.12 | 12:38 pm

When can we visit?!

- Torey + 10.18.12 | 12:50 pm

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Thank You

 

- Ty + 10.6.11 | 9:16 pm

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Well done. Love that you didn’t use the Apple logo.

- Matt + 10.7.11 | 11:50 am

Beautiful tribute.

- Greg + 10.9.11 | 12:03 pm

Love Justin’s “Juicy” comment…and I have to agree with Teresa…Pocono Modern is still one of MY faves too. The new site is awesome, Ty! SO doggone PROUD of you!! Ohhh…and thanks for breakfast @ Ramos this a.m. :)

- Mama Griff + 10.28.11 | 12:32 pm
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Graphic-Exchange + Mattson Creative

A very special guest stopped by the studio today – Fabien Barral. On a US tour from France, Fabien is an incredible designer. See his work here. He also happens to run one of most incredible design blogs on the web, Graphic-Exchange.com which receives 160,000 visitors every month. Fabien and I have emailed over the years, and  but it was great to meet him today in person.

And he came bearing gifts! Take a look at these beautiful letterpressed coasters and calendars! You can get yours if you donate to support the site here. Well worth it!

- Ty + 8.9.11 | 3:41 pm

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He is becoming more and more a marketer of his own products rather than keeping it real with his blog that had a simple but powerful purpose..

- Thiago + 8.9.11 | 5:04 pm

Thanks for sharing. Your friend does amazing work. Am speechless!

- Teresa + 8.12.11 | 9:27 am

It was great to met you ;) I post about her nice moment on ge now : http://www.graphic-exchange.com/direct/mattson.htm

- Fabien Barral + 8.13.11 | 7:22 pm

I’m lusting after those coasters. Amazing.

- Michelle + 8.15.11 | 11:28 am
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Dr. Giggles Posters

Last year when I toured the Dexter set, I had the opportunity to meet Manny Coto, who is one of the executive producers of the show. Manny introduced me to the Polish Poster Shop which is an incredible archive of European versions of American movies. It’s very interesting to see these radically different interpretations of films like The Big Lebowski, Gone with the Wind, and Crocodile Dundee 2. I was really inspired by these prints, so I decided to create a series of Polish posters for Dr. Giggles, the horror film that Manny wrote and directed.

- Ty + 5.31.11 | 1:55 pm

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Very nice work yet again, sir. You never cease to impress me. Cheers.

- Duane Kinsey + 6.1.11 | 2:13 am

Thanks, Duane!

- Ty + 6.1.11 | 9:13 am

I can’t imagine any country that translates actual NAMES of characters. Dr. Giggles remain Dr. Giggles in Polish.. They possibly can change the title to something different, what would be ‘accurate’ for the film. For now your “polish” title makes no sense. Dr is always Dr. Lekarz i not correct word here. If you translate it back to English it will be ‘medicine doctor giggling’ – stay with English title – for now it sounds stupid in Polish. Designs are Ok – good way to go in “Polish style”

- Krzysztof + 6.1.11 | 2:29 pm

Awesome, simple work. What do you do to get the texture and rough edges? Brushes created from textures, I assume.. but what is your process for it?

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- Hermina W. Shoat + 9.24.14 | 6:59 am
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Mattson Creative Studio

I thought that I would update the blog with some new pictures of the studio. Our office is in a 100 year-old converted lima bean processing warehouse, so we have a lot of vintage objects around the building. I took a few pictures of my favorites –  my optometrist’s projector, water level meters, a school PA microphone (which works) and some other cameras and industrial pieces. As a designer, I always gravitate towards found objects with interesting type, so all of these items feature letters or numerals. I’m also a huge Superman fan, so we have a big mural of The Man of Steel right outside my door.

- Ty + 3.23.11 | 3:48 pm

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Your studio looks awesome. I love the giant Superman! We moved into our new studio in December. It’s pretty much the opposite of your antique-look: http://www.version-x.com/blog/post/new_year_new_office

- Steve + 3.23.11 | 4:58 pm

I strongly believe in surrounding your workspace with inspiration. Your studio looks amazing. Please convince my boss to design my workspace as artist-friendly as yours. :)

- Kristi + 3.31.11 | 8:52 am

This is an AWESOME studio space! I surround myself with some of my favorites too…I love the vintage! I cant wait to move into a studio and hopefully a warehouse like yours…..The transformation of a place like this cant be duplicated in new work! Love it!

- Jessica + 4.7.11 | 10:51 am

Absolutely love them all, Ty. Two things: Sometime I want to visit the office and hear you actually use the PA system, and also…You should make tape measure frames – I’m pretty sure I’m not the only person who would buy one.

- Michelle + 4.7.11 | 1:29 pm

This studio is one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen. Not a big fan of Superman myself but love the artworks of him in the studio and the way you’ve incorporated it into the design.

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