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Matt Pyke - Universl Everything | Designer

Universal Everything

Matt Pyke (b. 1977, UK) formed the multi-disciplinary design studio Universal Everything in 2004, after many years with seminal design agency, The Designers Republic. Universal Everything features an ever-growing network of programmers, artists, designers and musicians. Work includes Forever at the V&A, 2008, Designing Seeds at the Sheffield Institute for Art and Design in 2009, and Matt Pyke and Friends, Super-Computer-Romantics La Gaîté Lyrique Paris in 2011. In 2007/8 he curated Advanced Beauty, a collaboration between programmers, artists, musicians, animators and architects influenced by sound and digital artworks. Pyke lectures and exhibits internationally as well as producing projects for client such as London 2012 Olympics, Apple, Nokia, Deutsche Bank, Chanel and MTV.

Forever, 2008 to present (Commissioned by the V&A in 2008)
Forever is an audio-responsive generative work that has been constantly evolving since it was commissioned by the V&A in 2008. The visual animations are responding in real- time to an ever changing soundtrack. The bespoke generative design system at the heart of Forever continues to spawn a unique audio-visual performance that changes constantly. Universal Everything is a network of designers, programmers and musicians founded by designer Matt Pyke in 2004.

Java, Joal, Toxiclibs, Eclipse EMF and GLSL Custom software (3D Studio Max)
Courtesy of the artist

Design Museum Website questionnaire with Matt Pyke

When did you realize you wanted to be a designer?

age 1, first pencil

How would you define your design style?

painting with technology

What would you do if you were not a designer?

landscape painter

Where do you draw your inspiration from?

everywhere apart from design

Who do you consult about works?

the audience

Which of your projects do you consider a success?

the ones which children and old people talk about

Which of your projects do you consider a failure?

the ones which only designers understand

What is the first design work you can recall?

Roy Lichtenstein / Whaam

To what extent do you believe that design should be functional?

even causing emotion through beauty has purpose and function for me

Name a colleague you admire

Everyone who i have ever collaborated with.

What have you learnt about design yourself?

To be brave with my intuition

What in your opinion is the greatest design invention in recent years?

Spray-On Solar Power Cells

With which personality from the past would you like to have coffee?

Da Vinci

Which materials interest you most?


What advice would you give a designer at the start of his career

create and share as much as you possibly can

What advice would you have liked to receive at the start of your career?

dont say yes to every project you are offered

What are your future projects?

landscape series / digital sculptures / guessing the future

Other Workes by Universal Everything

Commissioned by the V&A in 2008
From the Exhibition: Forever, 2008 to present
A New Materialistic Order
Gili Yuval
Gili Yuval ponders what esteemed Chinese artist Ai Weiwei's exhibition, currently showing in London, and last year's ‘Free Wheel' exhibition at the Museum, have in common.
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Wanted: Vision | Milan 2011
Maya Dvash
"I'm tired of design". That was the title of the enthralling lecture given by Robert Thiemann, editor of design magazine FRAME.
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Graduates 2017 - Sound
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