Matthew Smith

Designer, inventor, and entrepreneur.


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You jacked my scroll bro

The problem with scroll jacking is not a technical one, it’s about expectations.


Motion in design is theatre. It predates movies and film. It is the playing out of actors on a stage. The focus of your attention on movement when rest was expected. A man holds his hands in the air, the fingers on his left…


Goodbye Alcohol

Twenty two days ago I put the breaks on drinking my favorite beverages. The alcoholic kind. The good kind. It’s now obvious that at some point in the last few years a balance had tipped. Alcohol had gained ground and was now in control of me, not the other way around — as it should be. I don’t know if this is a balance that can be tipped back or not, but for now I quit drinking.


Killing “Pray with Me”

First, and introduction to the first of many articles I will write in this collection. I decided recently that I need to write about ideas…


Don’t forget to play.

I’ve been trying to work in systems of design for interfaces on products I’ve been a part of for the last five years. I’ve been trying to get my grid systems perfect. I…

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Goodbye Alcohol

Ideas we want to build into things, but shouldn’t because we need to stay focused


Analog Adventure


I remember going on these trips with my dad when I was a kid. We would listen to Blood on the Tracks, or The Outlaws and it would make every passing hour feel like a…


Olive Groves

A lesson in stability.

Let me tell you a little anecdote about the Ancient Greeks shared with me by my dear friend Nate. In his studies at Oxford Nate learned…


My little family at Litchfield Beach South Carolina.

All of these taken on my phone with VSCO. Pretty crazy.


It’s Time to Make Meaning-Machines


My friend Perry White rebuilds old canvas wrapped wooden canoes. He’s never been formally trained, he just asks a lot of good questions and takes the…


Forced Reduced Formality

A small but helpful lesson in design and life.


This year we decided to sell our home because we have an opportunity to move into a low…


On an extremely serious note

This is the most serious cereal that ever serioused, seriously. No, for serious.


Be like a little child.

Be like a little child. Consider yourself to be of little account.


May 12, 2014.