Information & Interfaces

Hi! I'm Sarah Mattern. I design information and build interfaces to help you do your good work in the world.

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  • BX Worldwide
    “Thank you so much for your hard work and lightning fast turnaround.  We got what we asked for and then some.  You have a great eye for design and did I mention you are fast!  I’m so happy I’d wear a sandwich sign with your business name on it and stand on the street corners for a week.  Is that weird?”

    Kris Young, Vice President
    BX Worldwide

  • TierraPlan Geode Product
    “Sarah Mattern is by far the most creative and adaptive designer there is. More importantly, she is easy to work with and dependable; so much so that our clients actually ask to work with her again. Sarah’s qualities are a fundamental reason our company is doing well.”

    Kevin Knapp, CEO

  • OffalGood
    “Our MatternCo-designed sites regularly receive positive feedback for their clean, elegant designs and intuitive usability. Behind the scenes, Sarah has been a dream to work with, delivering three projects for us, each of which was on-time, on-budget, with no drama – only results.”

    Mark Pastore & Chris Cosentino
    Boccalone, Incanto, Offalgood & Porcellino

  • BeerWars
    “Sarah Mattern is a pleasure to work with. A consummate professional - creative and collaborative - she is driven to provide top notch design whether for print or online. I would definitely work with her again on future projects.”

    Anat Baron, Filmmaker, CEO
    BeerWars, StashWall

  • Nutiva Foundation
    “Sarah is a great partner in creating online promotions. She has an excellent sense of design and her projects are always delivered on time and with no technical issues. I keep going back to her with additional work because I know from experience that I’ll be delighted with the results.”

    Liz Kaplan, Project Manager
    Peets Coffee, Dagoba Organic Chocolates, Nutiva Organic

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Illuminating images: 5 design tips

Whether or not you’re a professional designer, at some point you’ll probably need to delve into designing with images. If you find yourself in a darkroom (so to speak) of file types, pixels, and color systems, these five basic points can help shed some light.

Creative Marathons

We plod away each day, we struggle with insecurities and doubts. Along the way, if we’re staying open and paying attention, we can sometimes scratch the surface of something deeper.

Logos, logos, logos!

I love eavesdropping visually on other people’s creative processes. It’s fascinating to see how creative projects evolve over time. In today’s note, I thought I’d share the steps from some…

Whimsical cartography

What do you remember about the places you grew up? What dotted red lines did you skip, laugh and play along?

Six Basic Tips to Simplify Your Next Design

Design is everywhere, and I’m a firm believer that everyone can enjoy designing. But we all face the same complexity of design: how to design content that is as easily understood and aesthetic as possible.