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THE TEAM


Matte Black Studios is a collective of top-tier artists, designers, developers and writers. The core team brings together the imagination, skill sets and professional experience of many to serve the goals of one: you. As needed, we call on a cross-industry network of vendors to ensure we've got the best people available on each project. Together, we produce unique consumer branding and engagement campaigns – from websites to advertisements to identity pieces to environmental design – that get our clients results.

Daniel Shaker
CREATIVE DIRECTOR

DANIEL SHAKER

As founder of Matte Black Studios, Daniel brings his exceptional design skills to each project that comes in the doors. Daniel's work leverages all facets of marketing aesthetics, including graphic design, photography, letterpress and silkscreen printing, and environmental design. He applies the breadth of this artistic and technical prowess to any client need – online or off.

With influences ranging from Henri Cartier-Bresson and Picasso to good whiskey and motorcycles, Daniel has built a reputation in the industry that belies his embarrassing history as a New Kids on the Block fan.

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Anthony Cruz
LEAD DESIGNER

ANTHONY CRUZ

An award-winning graphic designer and illustrator (Society of Publication Designers, 2008 and 2009), Anthony has become a valued member of the Matte Black team despite his desperately nerdy attachment to the online gaming community. The reason? His incredible design skills.

Anthony’s positive attitude, creative solution-finding and commitment to simple, smart design also helps us overlook his obsession with the television show “Glee” – no easy task, mind you.

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Meghan Seal
PRODUCTION DESIGNER

MEGHAN SEAL

When former rodeo clown Meghan Seal traded in her giant tie and plaid pants for a career in commercial graphics, she shed a small tear. “How will I ever find such a glorious combination of abuse and excitement in my work,” she wondered.

But when she met the demented gang at Matte Black, her dream of combining client service, consumer engagement and disembowelment danger was once again realized. Using the most advanced design software and techniques, Meghan ably translates each client’s messaging, sales goals and brand history into a visual language both accessible and appealing.

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Joey DiPiazza
BRAND STRATEGIST

JOEY DIPIAZZA

Whether he’s closing a rock star deal or spearheading a new market segment, Joseph DiPiazza was destined to be a Brand Strategist at MBS since the day he was born and it suffices to say, he’s never let us down! Knowing Joey certainly has its perks…on top of being known as the “Obi-Wan” of the local underground house music scene in Chicago, there isn't an Electronic Dance Music show produced or festival thrown without Joey having a hand in it somehow! MBS staff members have been spotted on-stage, dancing to the beat of DJ (Insert world renown producer here), as a result of this!

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Edward Castellan
PROJECT COORDINATOR

EDWARD CASTELLAN

The legend speaks of a man who walked into Matte Black Studios, offering his power to speak the truth and giving you a peace of mind that you’re in great hands. His epic introductions are known to tame a Lion. You think we’re talking about The Most Interesting Man in the world, but it’s just Edward Castellan. Ed’s no-nonsense approach to sales originated from his past life as a Sumo Wrestler.

Finding clients that can match the awesomeness of Matte Black Studios is what Ed is best at. He also doubles as the studio's resident expert on all things George Clooney and would love to tell you more about it.

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Danny Zimmerman
PROJECT COORDINATOR/WRITER

DANNY ZIMMERMAN

Even though he has the power to do so, Danny is not going to brag about himself in his own bio that he is writing up. He will not mention his love for writing and his capability to absorb the voice of any Matte Black client. He will definitely not mention his creative brain and how he would take on any challenge thrown his way. Most importantly, he will not bring up the time he saved a litter of puppies from a burning building. Not important…But true.

Danny is a connoisseur of movies and anything technology-based. He also hopes you'll be reading his bio by imagining that Morgan Freeman narrating it.

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Liam Nieson
INTERN

INTERN HAS NO NAME

Yep...There's a few of these little Monkeys running around the studio but they only get one spot. Overall, the interns have a current rating of up around a C +... Honestly, they are quite a talented bunch and probably deserve an A but there's one in particular that smells and its bringing down the group.

If you would like to be a join the squad and replace the smelly-interm, please feel free to answer our questionaire supplied below:

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