Matt DeFrain is creative director for Grant Design Collaborative.
Since he joined the firm in 2000, DeFrainís 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 Atlantaís SEED Awards, the
Southeastís premiere design competition. DeFrain also served on the AIGA Miami Board of
Directors from 1997 to 2000.
Shortly after high school, DeFrainís juxtaposition of graphic design and fine art merited
attention from Flint, Michiganís 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.
DeFrainís fine art assemblages have been recognized with a Best of Show in Chattanooga, TN,
and honored by the American Craft Council with an Award of Excellence.