Matthew J. Ross

Senior Designer & Filmmaker

As MAYA’s resident filmmaker, Matt brings to the table an understanding of the power of good visual storytelling and communicating big ideas in succinct ways. A Texas native, he received a Bachelor’s degree in art history, studying the experiences people have with visual media – and what makes those experiences rich and meaningful. Since he started at MAYA, Matt has been instrumental in the production of most of our video content, including the award-winning Information Architecture series. When he’s not laboring over the latest MAYA film, you can probably find him listening to old blues records or daydreaming about Mexican food.


BA Art History, Texas State University

Places I’ve Lived

Houston, TX
Austin, TX
Pittsburgh, PA

My Superpower

Attention to detail, making things delightful

Quote That Inspires Me

“The details are not the details. They make the design.”
-Charles Eames

Books I Love

The Mezzanine by Nicholson Baker, Dead Souls by Gogol, The Thin Man by Dashiell Hammett

Movies I Love

The work Milos Forman was doing in the 60s before he came to America is absolutely the best stuff on earth (namely Loves of a Blonde and the Firemen’s Ball). Not that he didn’t make great movies once he got here, but those early ones are so small in scope and so subtle and so wise about the endearing frailties that are common to all of us.

Earliest Memory of Using Something High-Tech

Jumpman on Commodore 64

First Thing I Built

I remember making a lot of baseball cards. Some were of family members, some were of action figures that had no connection to baseball. Some were just exact hand-drawn copies of real baseball cards.