Matt Ipcar is the executive creative director at Blue State Digital and was a principal design leader for both Obama campaigns.

With a focus on design and user experience, Ipcar helps organizations find creative ways to connect with and inspire their constituencies, translate and evolve brands for the digital landscape, and bring consistency and simplicity to user interactions. Matt has led creative on projects for general election campaigns worldwide, advocacy organizations, institutions, and brands. 

In addition to the work he has done for progressive candidates and causes in the United States and globally, Ipcar led brand evolution for Barack Obama’s 2012 reelection campaign, helped recruit design talent, and provided creative counsel to campaign leadership throughout. Prior joining Blue State, Matt served as Design Director for the Obama-Biden Presidential Transition Team, where he designed the Obama White House website and Change.gov. Matt also worked full time on the ‘08 Obama campaign as the Rapid Response Design Director.

From 2004-2007, Matt was at frog design, leading interactive projects for a range of fortune 50 clients. Matt holds a BA from the School of Architecture & Planning, SUNY at Buffalo, and is a born and bred New Yorker.


Ok. Enough with the third person stuff: Scroll down to see what I’ve been up to recently.



Speaking, podcasts, writing & press

I love talking about all these things, and as long as it’s not an invitation to join an all-male panel,I’d love to talk to your organization. Just contact me by email.


2018 November

Creative Lives Podcast
Manchester, UK (Interviewed)

I sat down with Marianne Hanoun from Lecture in Progress directly after my talk at Design Manchester 18. In this Creative Lives Podcast. We spoke in depth about my role at Blue State, my university education & decision to not be an architect, my most impactful work from the past year (A video we made in India for CARE), and generally about creating work that positively affects the world.

2018 October

Manchester Design Festival
Manchester, UK


I closed the 2018 Manchester Design Festival with a keynote entitled On Purpose– a meditation on designers’ responsibility to be both intentional and honorable. Equal parts doom and hope, I covered the intersection of politics, design, and technology to an audience of over a thousand creative professionals and students.
 The talk was closed to video, but there are some pictures here and here.


2017 October

School of Policy and Governance
Chennai & New Delhi, India


At SPG’s four day executive education program, Building Online Communities for Civic Engagement, I spoke and led workshops with Indian political party and campaign leaders about the future of modern campaigning, and about bringing creativity to campaigns through message, image, and timing.
 I can’t say it was well covered in the press, but at least my name now officially appears in a Times of India site search.

2017 February

Rockit Digital Conference 

Warsaw, Poland

I presented a simple sanity-preserving creative approach tailor-made for this era of fake news, commoditized design, data overload, and unbound hypocrisy and cynicism.
 They made a great video, with walk-on music and everything.



2017 February

The C Student in Chief


Slate (interviewed)


Donald Trump and his administration are lazy, sloppy, and lack imagination.

 In which Slate gets former creatives involved with the Obama White House to give their hot takes on the new whitehouse.gov experience.

2017 January

The Worst Design Of 2016 Was Also The Most Effective

Fast Company (interviewed)



Trump's "Make America Great Again" hat was pervasive, potent, and deeply misunderstood.

 An article in which I speak at length about the hat.

2016 July


The Real Impact of Campaign Design, According To Obama's Branding Expert

FastCo design (Ipcar written)


In which I write about the ways design plays a far more important role in how our leaders are chosen than anyone realizes.

2016


Political communication & election strategy interactive workshop
Pollenzo, Italy

I presented on political communication & election strategy and hosted an interactive workshop to the University of Turin during 
"Election Days" gathering. Presented remotely via video conference …sigh…



2015


Tech Camp Kyiv


Kiev, Ukraine

I presented and facilitated workshops at this U.S. State Department sponsored event at 
America House. A selfie was taken.


2015


One Club Creative Leaders Retreat


San Diego, CA

Mind over Title: Led session and presented on inner agency creative organization, career paths and talent retention. Closed to media (& social media)

2015


Ford Motor Company
Dearborn, Michigan

Politics by Design: Creative integrity in the face of big data, moving quickly without breaking stuff, & the evolution of digital storytelling. A 25 minute talk for global communications team (200+ in attendance) at Ford Motor Company Headquarters
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2014

Hyperakt Lunch Talk
Brooklyn

Let’s Talk 2012: Personal Experience with Obama 2012 design/brand and organization: I did a lunch talk at Hyperakt at Hyperakt (I love these guys) where I discussed putting slab serifs on Gotham for Obama. They shot and edited a wonderful video.

2014

OMMA at Social Media week
New York City

Beyond Politics: An 
Interview with me talking about politics, brands, and what the future holds for being authentic on social media (and I was right, sadly)

2014

Visual Revolution Summit
New York City

The Social State of Politics. Here’s me on a panel talking about how the Romney campaign struggled when it came to photography, design, and social media.

2013

The State Department
Washington, DC

Creative Roles and Organization: Helping Your Embassy Digital Team Work Smartly: a presentation and workshop about how technology, creative and communications can work together collaboratively and efficiently to 40+ U.S. Embassy Public Affairs Officers at their semi-annual confab. Closed to press.

2012

Number 10 Downing Street
London, UK

Executive Function: Designing Whitehouse.gov. Presented to Number 10 Downing Street digital team.

2011

TechCamp (A State Department project)
Bangkok, Thailand

Building Quickly: Crisis Response and Fundraising Lessons from Haiti: Presented to several small groups of 20-30 people + Facilitated project groups