Interview: Art from Outer Space

A Short, Sweet Interview with designer and illustrator Matt Kaufenberg

Matt Kaufenberg is the creator of one of our first collections, Weird World. released the first half of a two-part Space City collection earlier this week, entitled Zoitrus.  He lives in Alexandria, Minneapolis with his family where he designs and illustrates for a living.  You can see more of his work on his site and on Dribbble.

A selfie of Matt Kaufenberg, dreaming up the world of Space City

A selfie of Matt Kaufenberg, dreaming up the world of Space City


So, where did you grow up and what were you like as a kid?

I grew up in a suburb of the Twin Cities in Minnesota. As a kid I was always doodling on anything I could get my hands on. I also loved being outside and exploring nature. I spent a great deal of time climbing trees (and falling out of them).

What’s your personal mantra as an artist?

To never become complacent in my artistic abilities and to always be willing to explore new techniques.

What is your favorite art website?

Dribbble.com. It's such a fantastic community and without it, I definitely wouldn't be where I am today.

Bluto the Brute, found on Matt's Dribbble 

Bluto the Brute, found on Matt's Dribbble 

Tell us about Space City.  How did you develop this collection?

I had posted a shot on Dribbble of a random Spaceman that I drew, and it instantly became a hit. It was kind of a surprise because I didn't really think much of the drawing, but for some reason people really enjoyed it. When it came time to decide on my next NeonMob set, I thought that same style and theme would be perfect for it.

What art trend would you kill if you could?

I honestly don't think there are any I would kill, even the ones that I dislike. I feel like trends are an important part of the art community.

Dribbble or DeviantArt: who wins and why?

Dribbble, hands down. Honestly, I rarely visit DeviantArt any more. It was a great community, but it just doesn't have the same level of professionalism that Dribbble has.

What’s your favorite color and why?

Green. I've never really thought about why, but I think there's a freshness to it, for lack of a better word. It's represents growth and new life, both of which are extremely important for artists and their work.

What do you want to be when you grow up?

Exactly what i'm doing now :)

The Adventures of Fail Whale

The Adventures of Fail Whale

What’s your definition of success?

For me, it all comes down to providing for my family. If I’ve accomplished that, nothing else matters.

Thanks Matt!  Go support Matt by collecting Space City: Zoitrus on NeonMob!