Matt Downey

Hey there, I'm Matt.

I'm a digital creator with a passion for mid-century aesthetic, technology, and a well-made cocktail.

I also founded a digital agency that worked with hundreds of clients, made 7-figures, and hired some of the best remote talent around the world. Read more

My Creative Journey

Before my agency saw success, I started where everyone else does. At the bottom.

In fact, when I made the decision to start my agency, I only had one client, a two month burn rate, and a pocket full of dreams. Let's just say the first few months were equal parts exhilarating and terrifying.

Somehow I made it out the other side, and after a few months, I had enough client work to bring on my best friend full time and employ our first remote contractor.

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Throughout the years at my digital agency, 45royale

Over the next several years, the agency grew by leaps and bounds. Revenues increased along with my experience. Clients were happy and had a lot of great things to say:

Client Testimonials

"Most designers simply take direction and bring few original ideas to the table. That's not Matt's gig. He has creative vision and the chops to support it. He's going to kill it. Every. Time."

Aarron Walter

Aarron Walter

VP, Design Education, Invision

"Yes he does beautiful design. Yes he writes squeaky-clean code. But the thing that makes him so special is how darn easy he is to work with. Can you have it all? Apparently so with Matt."

Adam Schwartz

Adam Schwartz

Founder & CEO, Articulate

"Matt is one of those rare designers that can turn even the most mundane brief into something beautiful and effective. I couldn't have been happier with the work he did for us."

Dave Greiner

Dave Greiner

Founder, Campaign Monitor

"Matt gets results. We saw a 20% improvement in applications and a tripling of email response rates. A strategic partner you enjoy working with — it doesn't get better than that!"

Michelle Unger

Michelle Unger

VP, FPCU

For the most part, things were good. But they weren't always perfect. Running a creative business is challenging, and I was humbled more times than I care to admit.

Through these experiences came lessons — both good and bad.

The ones I remember most vividly are the ones that cost me money, wasted my time, or put strain on a relationship. They've stuck with me over the years, and now I want to help you avoid as many mistakes as possible while growing your creative business.

That's why I'm sharing everything I've learned with you in my newsletter.

No matter where you are on your creative journey, I'll teach you what you need to know about:

  • Building a client roster you can be proud of
  • Fostering an engaged community that brings leads to you
  • Setting up your marketing channels
  • Building a site that's optimized for conversion
  • Charging what you're worth
  • Creating a business you'll love
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Yvonne Hangsterfer

"Matt provides answers to the many design, web and business questions that have been bugging me since time began. He covers the basics and much more in his own articles, and provides links to external resources I would never find on my own. Thank you, Matt, for all that you do."

Yvonne Hangsterfer

Founder & Lead Designer, Flowspoke

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"Your newsletter is a highlight for me every week and your willingness to get into the details is really appreciated."

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Founder and Creative Director, Creative Slice

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"As an aspiring freelance creative, your newsletter has helped with insight and expertise. I look forward to reading your newsletter every week."

Marcos Armenta

Founder & Creative Director, RVNW Studios

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"I just wanted to say thanks for sharing your insight. I've enjoyed reading your emails, and love the links you share."

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Founder, Temper.is

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"I think your newsletter is probably the most beneficial newsletter I get all week."

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Lead Creative, Tradefull

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I'm teaching digital creators the tactics I used to build a successful 7-figure business. I'll also share actionable articles I've written while offering bleeding-edge resources in my weekly newsletter, Friday Finds.

As an added bonus, when you join you'll get my free book, Creative Confidential, where I'll teach you five things I learned the hard way while building my business.

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