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June 27th, 2012 by Mat Dolphin

Since we started Mat Dolphin we’ve been working towards and sharing a single ethos: If you give love, you get love™*. It’s a ‘does what it says on the tin’ message, and we apply it to everything we do.

One of the ways we like to give love is by using our @MatDolphin Twitter account to share the work and creativity of others we think will inspire our followers. We’ve been using it for over three years now and in that time we’ve spewed out some 13,000 chunks of love. Everyone has their own agenda, but they way we believe Twitter should work is that is that it’s about you, and not us. On a daily basis we trawl through a huge number of creative websites on your behalf, looking for industry news, work or campaigns we think will interest and inspire. Chucked into the mix is the odd opinion piece or post we write for magazines, but on the whole it’s just content and thoughts to get your brain moving and perhaps even make you smile.

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We are three

June 20th, 2012 by Mat Dolphin

We can hardly believe it but today is our 3rd Birthday! A huge amount has happened in the world of Mat Dolphin since our humble beginnings in 2009. It feels like we’ve come a long way and the journey has certainly been an exciting one. We’ve made more mistakes than we care to remember, learnt a huge amount more than we ever thought possible, done some work that we’re incredibly proud of and, most importantly of all, met some amazing people along the way.

We want to say a huge, heartfelt thank you to each and every person who’s been involved with Mat Dolphin over the last 1,095 days. Without you we wouldn’t be able to do what we love everyday and pretend it’s a job.

This is still only the beginning though and we can’t wait to see what happens next!

Thanks for everything,

Phil and Tom

BUG 31

June 15th, 2012 by Mat Dolphin

To the uninitiated, BUG: The Evolution Of Music Video is an ongoing series of bi-monthly events at the BFI Southbank in London, celebrating global creativity in music video. The shows are hosted by Adam Buxton — the funny, petite, bearded half of Adam and Joe — and have become an essential forum for fans of music videos and aspiring film-makers alike. If we can get tickets we try and make it along each and every time, it’s that good. It’s not just about getting away from our desks though, Adam literally has everyone in stitches, and the music videos aren’t half bad either. It’s sound and vision at it’s best.

It’s normally a packed out event, so for those that couldn’t make it along, or for those that didn’t even know it existed, we’ve compiled all the videos shown at last nights event. Watch / listen — have them on in the background. There’s dubstep, there’s manga, there’s people jumping out of windows. Something for everyone. Just think of it as your Mat Dolphin Friday playlist.

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Ideas for Sale

June 13th, 2012 by Mat Dolphin

There are plenty of things you don’t get taught at school or university. Students leave their graphic design education with a huge amount of knowledge and expertise still to discover. This isn’t a massive revelation, it’s true of many professions and simply a fact that young designers have to deal with; your education can’t teach you everything you need to know about the big bad reality of working as a graphic designer.

This isn’t a dig at the education system. There’s a huge amount that a good design course can teach you. Maybe you’re a bit of a whizz kid. Your ideas are brilliant and original. Your typography is top notch. Your mac skills are second to none. You’re well on your way to becoming the next big name and international acclaim is just around the corner. However, there’s one thing they never mention; no matter how great you are creatively, if you’re not a good salesperson, you’re going to have a hard time.

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