Thomas.Matthews is a team of communication designers based in London. We specialise in design solutions for the built environment and social change, focusing on the delivery of good design that is appropriate, sustainable and beautiful. Our work solves complex problems and delivers outcomes that include strategic plans, stakeholder engagement activity and materials, visual identities, brand expression for buildings, integrated wayfinding signage solutions, print and digital publications, and exhibitions.
Our studio approach of ‘good design are guiding principles through all the work we deliver. Appropriate design communicates the most compelling message, through the most effective medium to the right audience, to get the best result. In our work we embed systemic sustainability with environmental and social integrity. We aim to create results that are beautiful, through eye-catching and memorable outcomes.
Founded in 1997, Thomas.Matthews has 20 years of experience working with clients from governments and global corporations to NGO’s and charities, architects, landscape designers and planners, museums and cultural spaces. We have a long heritage of delivering Award winning design projects that stand the test of time and are recognized for their quality.
Our founder, Sophie Thomas, was instrumental in putting sustainable communication design on the map. From early activist days working with Friends of the Earth, to delivering ‘The Great Recovery’ design and the circular economy research project at the RSA. Her current positions as a Design Council BEE and on the Board of Trustees at WRAP, have brought a strong sense of inventive and responsible thinking to studio and the wider industry.
Thomas.Matthews is part of the Useful Simple Trust, an employee benefit organisation, purposed to blaze a trail in the integrated, intelligent and ethical provision of the built environment. Our family of Trust companies includes Engineering, Design training, Architecture and Sustainable development consultancy.
Working in this environment puts our studio in a unique position within the graphic design community. We work side by side with engineers, architects and strategists, and subsequently our work reflects this breadth and depth of cross-disciplinary thinking. We deliver projects and engage stakeholders with this approach of shared knowledge and design thinking.
“Sustainability in business should give integrity, not greenwash. It should inspire change from your employees, consumers and clients.
The global challenges we are now facing demand such change. We need solutions that can inspire and galvanise populations to alter the habits of a lifetime. Creativity can be a great hook to encourage these mindshifts, which in turn bring on changes in behaviour.
For over 15 years, we have been helping translate business CSR and sustainable strategy into creative, understandable and effective outputs.”
I have been working in the fields of sustainable design, material process and behaviour change for over fifteen years. I founded Thomas Matthews in 1998 and am still doing creative stuff.
I believe in design thinking not styling and love a creative challenge. I think that as designers, we are particularly placed to solve problems in many spheres and I’m certainly happy to give it a go. I am, by experience, a multidisciplinary designer.
Great design will always inspire and challenge the way we think, whether it be a highly-crafted object, an awe-inspiring installation or a beautiful piece of graphics. As an associate of Thomas.Matthews I work with the team to design with impact.
I’m a passionate designer with an eye for detail, typography and image making – never happier than seeing a clever idea come to life using strong conceptual and typographic skills combined with extensive production knowledge to help realise them.
You could say that I’m a designer by accident. A more-than-sure-future-librarian (who studied History of Art), I would never have expected to end up in the amazing design team of Thomas.Matthews.
I am excited by design that aims to seek out the cause of the problem, before setting about an aesthetic solution. I believe in broad research and strong concepts as a tool for creating unique aesthetics and practical systems to be worked within.
Born and raised in Hong Kong then educated in the UK, sometimes I feel I’m sat right in the middle of two cultures. These very different places and people have helped me become the designer I am.
My 3 years of education at Bath Spa School of Art and Design instilled in me a curiosity about what ‘good’ graphic design is or could be, along with