Matt Dent was born in Bangor, North Wales in 1981 and studied BA(Hons) Graphic Design at the University of Brighton, graduating in 2003.
After receiving a chance email message forwarded by a friend, Matt responded to an open competition organised by the Royal Mint to find designs for the reverse sides of new UK coins – the first redesign of the definitive set of British coinage in nearly 40 years.
Matt won the competition with a design featuring a cropped design of the Shield of the Royal coat of arms across the 6 coins (1p, 2p, 5p, 10p, 20p & 50p) and depicted in its entirety on the one pound coin. The new designs entered circulation in 2008.
In 2011 Dent went on to design a commemorative 50 pence coin for the Royal Mint celebrating 50 years of the World Wildlife Fund and featuring 50 small pictures of plants, animals and natural resources.
Matt currently co-runs Bison Bison, a graphic design agency that he set up with fellow alumni Christian Davis in 2011.
"It was a diverse course with an emphasis on ideas. Our reaction to briefs first and foremost had to work conceptually, and beyond that, the solution to those briefs could take whatever form was most effective.
"I remember producing a couple of animations, and a short film in my final year in addition to print and typographic-based work. The course's emphasis on ideas was what probably what made the biggest impression on me and certainly set me up for how I like to work now.
"It was a intense three years but there was a great buzz about finding our way through the challenges and responding to them with different solutions.”