Matt DeFrain is currently the creative director at Grant Design Collaborative. Joining the firm in 2000, his work has been featured in AIGA 365, Communication Arts, STEP, Contract Magazine, Graphic Design USA, HOW, Interior Design, Metropolis and Print. His honors include two IIDA Creative Excellence Awards, two Best of Show awards at GlobalShop for exhibit design, and Best of Show in AIGA Atlanta’s SEED Awards, the Southeast’s premiere design competition. DeFrain also served on the AIGA Miami Board of Directors from 1997 to 2000.
Shortly after high school, DeFrain’s juxtaposition of graphic design and fine art merited attention from Flint, Michigan’s Downtown Development Authority. Putting his renegade graffiti to good use, the city retained DeFrain to spray paint murals on their waterfront amphitheater. Matt went on to graduate from Western Michigan University with a Bachelor of Science in Graphic Design. In his spare time, Matt can be found challenging himself at CrossFit or creating fine art. DeFrain’s fine art assemblages are represented in several art galleries and have been recognized with a Best of Show in Chattanooga, TN, and honored by the American Craft Council with an Award of Excellence.