I’m the oldest of six children, originally from San Diego, California. I’m currently a product designer and photographer in Dallas, Texas.
My father introduced me to photography and design when I was kid which established my two main interests that followed me all my life. He took numerous photos of us when were kids in the 1980’s. Many of the photo are beautiful reminders of the life him and my mother provided for us. He also volunteered his time a lot to make newsletters for the Boy Scouts and our local church. Growing up, I would sit next to him at our computer watching him design those newsletters on a Macintosh SE with CorelDRAW, learning creative layout design.
When I was 13 my family moved to Wills Point, a small East Texas town so we could live in a bigger house with some land for us to play on. Having experienced big city life and small town country life gave me a deep appreciation for the many types of lifestyles and cultures people live. Those experiences gave me a passion for travel and getting to know people from all walks of life. Through out my life I have lived in many places. Including, 5 U.S. states, Mexico for 4 1/2 years, and Seoul, South Korea for a year and half. I also had the opportunity to spend a month traveling around southern India.
2011, I enrolled into the Emerging Media and Communications program at The University of Texas at Dallas, it was perfectly suited to grow and mature my two passions. My education there enabled me to build upon my life experiences and use them to create meaningful art, reflections, and observations about life and people. In 2019, I completed my Masters degree in Interaction Design from The University of North Texas which helped launch my career in UX/Product design.
I have had my photography work displayed in a few galleries and special exhibits and published in numerous magazines and websites.
Matthew T Rader