Matthew Stephens Productions

A Freelance Web Developer in Austin, Texas

MS Productions - Specializing in UI Design and Usability throughout Central Texas

Services offered by Matthew Stephens

Bachelor of Science in Radio-TV-Film
Emphasis: New Media
Minor: Business Foundations
The University of Texas at Austin
Graduation: May 2004

Lead User Experience Designer
Austin, Texas
March 2008- Present

  • Designed and developed UI and interaction design for an application that finds smart content on the web. I also worked on the design and implementation of our app on external websites, such as The Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Houston Chronicle, etc.
  • Used technologies such as jQuery, prototype, Ruby, etc.

B-Side Entertainment, Inc.
Visual Designer
Austin, Texas
January 2006 - January 2008

  • Worked in almost every facet of the company, designing and developing for one of independent film's only technology companies. Daily responsibilities included extensive HTML and CSS, along with Photoshop mockups and UI design. We implemented many Web 2.0 technologies into our products, including AJAX and heavily ActionScripted Flash.

Vertive Marketing Strategies
Web Developer
Austin, Texas
Aug 2005 - January 2006

  • In charge of designing and developing extremely large, dynamic, PHP-driven websites in a very fast-moving environment. We turn out a new website containing over 1,000 pages every 3 weeks.

The University of Texas at Austin Continuing Legal Education
Webmaster, Design Technologist
Austin, Texas
Aug 2004 - Aug 2005

  • Helped design and develop one of the University's most profitable, complex, and integrated full e-commerce solutions. I also designed brochures and conference websites, along with intense CSS, HTML, and PHP development.

The University of Texas at Austin
Webmaster, Designer
Austin, Texas
Aug 2002 – Aug 2004

  • Created, developed, and managed office website for the College of Communication Career Services, designing and maintaining the website, logos, and other services used daily by over 4,000 students.

Deviantart, Inc.
Austin, Texas
Aug 2000 – Jan 2004

  • Created, designed, maintained, and managed, which has become the largest digital art gallery in the world.
  • Holds over 18 million works of art as of 1/26/06 and gets about 75,000 added each day.
  • Ranked in the top 400 sites of all time by Alexa and other sources.
  • Currently has over 2.5 million user accounts as of 1/26/06.
  • Received 2002 SXSW Interactive Web Award for Best New Web Site.
  • Received 2002 Webby Award for Best New Site.
  • Named the ‘Center of Digital Art’ by TechTV.

Flameboyant, Inc.
Senior Visual Architect
Austin, Texas
May – Sept 2001

  • Recruited a team of the best designers in the country.
  • Developed graphic, web, multimedia, and print designs.
  • Worked on 3D software company ImagineAsia’s corporate identity and web site.
  • Designed between 35-45 sites over a 3 month period.

Ariesnet, Inc.
Senior Creationist
Dallas, Texas
May – Sept 2000

  • Developed web and graphic designs.
  • Worked on design and code for
  • Designed and worked on over 50 sites in a 4 month period.

3rd Stone Productions
Dallas, Texas
May – Sept 99

  • Developed web, graphic, and Flash designs.
  • Worked on major projects such as and
  • Worked on 20-30 projects over a 3 month period.

  • Wrote a book entitled Foundation Dreamweaver MX regarding PHP and MySQL and how to use them with Dreamweaver MX.
  • Wrote an article that appeared in the 2003 Technology Almanac on Winamp skinning.
  • Appeared on TechTV to teach graphic design on the shows "Call for Help" and "The Screensavers".
  • Lectured about deviantART at the University of Texas.
  • Lectured about “Changes in Design During 2002” at the 2003 South by Southwest Interactive Festival.
  • Hosted “Art Line”, my own radio show on
  • Created a print company based off of, entitled DA Prints, where artists could upload their work and sell prints instantly.
  • Worked with Activision to arrange contests and sell prints for launch of DOOM III and other upcoming releases.
  • Worked with the creators of the CPL (Cyberathlete Professional League) to do a joint sponsorship that involved my print company.
  • Designed CD-ROM's and web sites for the University of Texas and volunteered my services to the University newspaper and numerous non-profit organizations.
  • Created an estimate of between 300-400 websites in my career, including clients such as Microsoft, Hummer, Verizon, and Sony Pictures.