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The work of Matthew Bambach

A multidisciplinary young visual storyteller from Canada

April 7, 2013

We move up to Canada to feature today the work of Matthew Bambach, an award-winning visual storyteller based in Toronto. We’ve been following Matt’s work for sometime now, and he was kind enough to share a bit of his story with us.


Matthew Bambach, our infographic Portfolio of the Week
Matthew Bambach, our Portfolio of the Week


Here’s what Matt had to say:

I guess like a lot of folks in the industry, I kinda just stumbled across making infographics. Initially, I was studying film production, but all of that changed after I saw a guest speaker in one of my classes. Professor (and former Newsweek information graphics director) Karl Gude was showing us how to make information graphics, and I was hooked. I guess it was one of those moments where something in my mind just inexplicably “clicked.” I E-mailed him to chat after his talk was over, we met up, and he basically outlined everything I needed to do with the rest of my university education (in infographic form). I followed that to a T, found my own way, and here I am working as a Graphics Editor at The Globe and Mail (and freelancing for JESS3) after internships at Bryan Christie Design and The Seattle Times.

I ended up graduating from Michigan State University in 2011 with an Honors College degree in Media Art, but I explored pretty much every visual storytelling medium I could when I was in school. I loved learning about stuff like comics, book design, semiotics, cartography, and special effects, and ended up getting looped into award-winning projects like working on 3D pinball animations for a theater production of The Who’s Tommy and a “rap video” for a new particle accelerator on campus. During my last year at MSU, I was one of three students selected to travel to CERN under Karl’s watch to work on a planetarium show about the Large Hadron Collider. Mindblowing stuff.

Above all, my goal in visual storytelling has always been to empower people by making information more accessible, whether that be in a journalistic or philanthropic context.

And let’s take a look at the works Matt sent us:

The perilous journey of the Northern Gateway Pipeline | The Globe and Mail

The perilous journey of the Northern Gateway Pipeline, infographic by Matthew Bambach
Matthew Bambach (graphics editor); Nathan Vanderklippe (reporter); Andrew Gorham (page editor); Tonia Cowan (graphics director);
David Pratt (page designer) | The Globe and Mail

Michigan State commuting choices survey summary

Michigan State commuting choices survey summary, infographic by Matthew Bambach
Matthew Bambach (graphics editor)

Foxmoulder 2013 tour poster

Foxmoulder 2013 tour poster by Matthew Bambach
(poster by Matthew Bambach)

The deciding votes | The Globe and Mail

The deciding votes, infographic by Matthew Bambach
Matthew Bambach (graphics editor); Liza Sardi (editor); Bryan Gee (page editor); Devin Slater (art director); Rick Cash (researcher) | The Globe and Mail

TV milestones | The Globe and Mail

TV milestones, infographic by Matthew Bambach
Matthew Bambach (graphics editor); Devin Slater (art director); Sharing the road
Matthew Bambach (graphics editor); Jaclyn Tersigni (reporter) | The Globe and Mail

Beer imports

Beer imports, infographic by Matthew Bambach
(infographic: Matthew Bambach)

3D Physics Animations

(Matthew Bambach: modelling, animating, rendering; John Allison:modeling)

3D Pinball Animations

(Matthew Bambach, Dan Marsh,Erin Brandt, Alex Hatch and Jason Maynard)

Bike MSU! “What’s the Problem”


You can follow Matt’s work on Flickr and Vimeo, besides his website, and we’ll return next week with another Portfolio.

Written by Tiago Veloso

Tiago Veloso is the founder and editor of Visualoop and Visualoop Brasil . He is Portuguese, currently based in Bonito, Brazil.