Matt Danko

Visual Designer & Art Director

Mid Level
Berlin, Germany
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About me

Originally trained as a Medical Illustrator, Danko has branched from this discipline and built up his skillset beyond most conventional creative role criteria to become a human multi-tool. Identity developer, brand manager, art director, visual designer, craftsman, strategist, teacher, artist and eccentric, Danko now identifies simply as a 'Creative Monster.'

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  • Brand Strategy
  • Art and Creative Direction
  • Scientific Illustration
  • Team Leadership
  • Brand Identity
  • Iconography
  • Typography
  • UI Design
  • UX Design
  • Digital Design

Companies I’ve worked with

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    George Brown College

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      Alcohol Countermeasure Systems

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          Work history


          Art Director & Visual Designer


          Apr 2017
          • Berlin, Germany
          • Freelance
          • Art direction, identity development, brand management, graphic design, industrial design, custom furniture production, web design, UI & UX design, illustration, copywriting and photography.


          Art Director


          Oct 2018 - Jan 2019
          • Stuttgart, Germany
          • Full Time
          • Three-month NDA contract for global brand transition strategy, preparation, application, visual and experiential design. Brand ambassador, leader and mentor of an international team of creatives, including graphic designers, marketing specialists, web and app designers, developers and social media marketers. Collaborative creative authority for brand, identity, visual systems, MarCom, advertising, social media, experiential, digital, print, user experiences, events and other complex design solutions. Executive, stakeholder, agency and competitor relations.


          Head OF Design

          Studio49 GmbH

          Apr 2016 - Apr 2017
          • Berlin, Germany
          • Full Time
          • Brand and identity management / strategy, UX & UI design, web design, MarCom management, typography, visual artist for mobile games in a startup studio environment.


          Graphic Artist


          Nov 2014 - Apr 2016
          • Berlin, Germany
          • Full Time
          • Design, UX / UI, branding, corporate identity, MarCom, web design, illustration and visual art for mobile games. Launch and marketing of Grand Gin Rummy.


          Design Instructor

          George Brown College

          Sep 2013 - Jan 2014
          • Toronto, Canada
          • Full Time
          • Instructor for the Technical Communication Certificate Program, introducing students to design basics, typography, business practices, how to structure content for print, web and other media publications.


          Brand Communications Manager

          Alcohol Countermeasure Systems

          Mar 2010 - Mar 2013
          • Toronto, Canada
          • Full Time
          • Creative lead and project manager of all international visuals, promotions, communications, branding, identity, IP & copyright, editorial and graphic design. Head of a creative team of ten individuals, involved with marketing strategy, PR, sales and business development. Responsible for account management, stakeholder and media relations, company representation, social media management, web and mobile design / UI / UX, SEM / SEO, print / digital collateral and event planning (including international trade shows and large company events).



          Bachelor of Arts

          Sheridan College

          Apr 2004 - May 2008
          • Toronto, Canada
          • Major in Medical, Technical and Scientific Illustration (Honours); minor in Psychology