Like many top students he was then employed by Fisher & Paykel and was a member of the design team mentored by Mark Elmore, which worked on the multi-award winning Fisher & Paykel DishDrawer, amongst other design concepts.
Moving to the USA, Matt interviewed at IDEO, Sony, Tonic and Apple, but it was the intervention of Jonathan Ive at Apple that changed his career pathway. He noted Matt’s passion for designing sports products, connected him with a former Apple director who had recently moved to Nike—and fifteen years later Matt has designed over 150 shoes for Nike.
Matt has moved from creating some of Nike’s most iconic and successful shoes to directing Creative Strategy for Nikes 100+ footwear designers. He has won numerous awards, including the 2007 Runners World Shoe of the Year, and most recently he was part of the team that set the direction for Nike at the 2012 Olympics. Matt has worked with sporting celebrities like Roger Federer, Serena Williams and Rafa Nadal.
His personal passion has led to an outstanding career that is highly valued by one of the world’s largest global firms.
In 2016 the College celebrated the 130 year heritage of the Wellington School of Design and honoured its founding director Arthur Dewhurst Riley (1860-1929).
Bill Toomath headed the Wellington Polytechnic School of Design for ten years (1979-1989), and was a key player in the development of modernist architecture in New Zealand for over five decades.
Grenville Main has made a significant contribution to the design profession and to design in general in New Zealand.