MU Graphic Design Alumni Nominated for Grammy

Matt Taylor, an MU Graphic Design alumni, was nominated for a Grammy for "Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package: Paper Wheels (Deluxe Limited Edition)–Matt Taylor, art Director (Trey Anastasio)."  You can see the announcement by clicking on the link below and scrolling down until you get to the Package Field and Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package. This is Matt's second grammy.

Matt Taylor a.k.a. Matt Varnish (or simply “Varnish”) is a Grammy award-winning art director and the proprietor of Varnish Studio Inc. Founded in August of 2006, Varnish Studio Inc has worked with some of the most prominent names and brands in music and entertainment today from Red Hot Chili Peppers to Blizzard Entertainment.  Taylor got his start on the art side of the music business in 1999 after earning a fine arts degree in graphic design from the University of Missouri-Columbia. After graduation, he immediately moved to Los Angeles to work as junior designer for MCA records. In 2005, he took a job as an in-house art director for Warner Bros., which connected him with the Red Hot Chili Peppers.  As a designer, Taylor focuses mainly on music packaging, which allows him to marry his two loves of art and music, both of which he developed during his formative years in Mid-Missouri.  To see more of Matt's work, you can visit his website: