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Introducing Igor + Valentine

We’re very excited to announce the official partnership of Igor + Valentine – the collective creative minds of Matt Smithson (formerly Man vs. Magnet) and David Stanfield. The name does not refer to any two distinct people, but hints at a creative split personality that Matt and David share, get lost in, and ultimately choose to embrace…

Igor is a mad scientist, a constant tinkerer with an insatiable appetite for experimentation. Valentine is a distinguished gentleman, a precise technician and an elegant craftsman. You’ll see signs of both Igor + Valentine in every piece of work they create.

MATT SMITHSON is a director, animator, designer, and maker of odd drawings of ghosts and things.

From 2006 – 2017, Matt worked under the name Man vs Magnet, working for such clients as IBM, Showtime, Samsung, and MTV, and do-gooders such as The Girl Effect, UNESCO, and the Ford Foundation.

From humorous, craftily cut animations to uplifting films, Matt creates with a unique style that attracts clients from all over the world. He was recognized in 2009 with a Young Gun award from Art Director’s Club, and his work was displayed at the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum in New York as part of the “Why Design Now?” Triennial Exhibition.

DAVID STANFIELD is a motion designer and director. David has had the honor to work with clients like Google, Airbnb, Coca-Cola, Reddit, The Atlantic, Zendesk, Vox, Food for the Hungry, and many others.

David co-founded and ran the international motion design collaboration 9 Squares, which in its single year of life was featured in Wired U.S., Wired Germany, Killscreen, Vormplatform, among others. A custom round of the project was featured at the motion design festival “Blend,” in Vancouver. The project was also invited to the Tate Museum of Art in London, where David helped run a gif-making workshop alongside co-creators Al Boardman and Skip Hursh. A special one-off round of 9 Squares was projected in the Francis Bacon gallery of the Tate in November of 2015.

David has been featured on the Animalators podcast, the School of Motion podcast, and has served as a mentor in the Mograph Mentor online school for motion graphics. He was also interviewed and featured in the book, “The Freelance Manifesto: A Field Guide for the Modern Motion Designer” about the business of becoming a freelance motion designer.

Keep an eye out for some exciting upcoming projects.