Hi, I'm Matt. I work as a live illustrator.
I create giant sketch notes (graphic recordings) of plenary and workshop sessions as a service for large gatherings. In 2020 I invested my time and energy into working digitally. I've learned that my efforts are even more valued in the live streaming space. See my virtual events page.
I am an electrical engineer by education, an artist by choice, a salesman by necessity, and an illustrator by skill and experience. My career has been eclectic. I've designed handheld computers to count penguins in Antarctica, I've created digitally printed wall mural designs for hotels across the United States from within a large corporation, I've been silo hunting to sell industrial control systems to plastics manufacturers, I've designed websites, integrated information systems, worked as a SEO centric blogger, and I dabble in recipe videos. I work regularly in the fight against human trafficking. This wide array of experiences (and, clearly, not knowing what I will be when I grow up) has helped me develop a broad level of knowledge in a variety of industries, sectors, and markets. Today, however, I Listen.
I listen to conversations on industrial technology, medical devices, trauma, Native American issues, professional organizations, brainstorming events, organizational development, government policy, healthcare experience, legal organizations, and exciting industries like wire and cable. I'm always up for a challenge!
While Big Paper Strategy is only a few years old, my first job as a live illustrator, was in 2009. I was hired by a strategy consultancy firm to be an onsite artist for a publicly traded technology company. Certainly nervous at this new type of work, I practiced, I bought bright markers, I sketched, and... I had the time of my life. A wonderful, overheard compliment from a C-level executive resonated with me:
I had no idea what the heck you guys were talking about until HE drew it.
Several years later, I started Big Paper Strategy LLC, and I've found my true calling.
My streaming studio is here in Exotic Peninsula, Ohio (Between Cleveland and Akron, Ohio). My hobbies include reading (I love history, literary works, and some science fiction), bicycling, and hiking. Work keeps me busy- but that's not a bad thing when you love what you do!
Connect with me on LinkedIn. I post there regularly.
Recent Podcast Interview
Pierre Quinn interviewed Matt for the Leading While Green Podcast in late 2019. Episode 101 - Drawing for a Living, feature's Matt's back story from engineering, mural artistry, entreprenuership all the way through graphic facilitation.