Working at Zone

Have started a 16 week contract with the brilliant Zone – the largest independent agency in the UK and BIMA Agency of the year

Mat Venn – available from the 1st July 2017

After 18 months of innovative creative mobile apps work at Virgin Active, I am moving on. Will be available for lead creative/art direction roles for mobile apps and digital transformation projects

Working at Virgin Active

virgin active mobile

Am now working at Virgin Active as mobile design consultant on iOS and Android native apps, mobile UX and innovation


Ten reasons why you should hire me

Posted: August 2, 2017

Ten reasons why you should hire me

Based around answers I have given to my favourite interview questions, I have put together a list

The Digital Disruption – don’t believe the hype

Posted: March 8, 2016

There is an image going round, another viral ‘meme’ on LinkedIn that is particularly annoying… (Medium Post)

We need to talk about Linkedin

Posted: March 1, 2016

Since leaving a long term contract in December I then found myself having to deal with the second worse thing about being ‘between gigs’ which is… (Medium Post)


The Brief

The first steps of any project require an understanding that conceptual thinking and design theory are one thing, but honing the brief and structure is fundamental to the inception of a succesful project. Unlocking the potential is the key

Mobile Principles

I use the following principles to inform my process and decision making when designing products for mobile

Preparing for Apple Watch

Since the announcement of the Apple Watch, application designers need to consider the following



TvOS was announced on September 9, 2015 at the Apple September 2015 event


Zeplin is a great way to hand over design work to developers without having to make a build book. It works seamlessly with Sketch and saves all your mark up to the cloud

Telephone number URIs – best practice

Now when browsing on mobile devices that have the ability to make calls, people can click on phone numbers in web pages or HTML emails, or links in native apps and their device will make a call. The same is true


Case Study – Virgin Active native apps

Virgin Active mobile app - Hero

In February 2016 I came to Virgin Active as part of a specialist native mobile team. The iPhone app had been designed and built by a 3rd party and there were a variety of issues

Case Study – NatWest for Apple Watch

NatWest for Apple Watch

Back in March 2015 the RBS native apps team at SapientNitro was briefed to design an app for Apple Watch for NatWest

Case Study – Clippet


In January 2014 I was approached by the lovely people at FiveFootSix to help design an app for a new startup called Clippet, which they had completed the superb branding for


Protonatopia: 2D into a 3D space using device gyroscopes to change camera angle

RT @matvenn: Khroma - The AI color tool for designers

RT @ifenn: << I may run an online masterclass on UX portfolio critique for hiring managers and recruiters. Help me…

MeasureKit — AR ruler app for iOS 11: #AR #iOS11 #AugmentedReality

RT @matvenn: Amazon Reportedly Working on Smart Glasses With Integrated Alexa AI


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