Em Matthews is an Australian designer, with over 18 years of industry experience.
She is currently the Head of Creative at Fortis, where she leads a growing team of designers, creating distinctive and effective brands across a range of markets, be it commercial, residential, hospitality, or place, in Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane. She focuses on creating a positive work culture, empowering her team to take risks and push boundaries.
Em loves to explore human behaviour, uncover key insights, and strives to create purposeful design solutions that are effective and beautifully crafted.
She actively participates i​​​​​​​n the design community, judging awards and mentoring young designers.


Fortis, Head of Creative, 2020–Current
Monogram, Design Director, 2018–2020
Freelance Senior Designer, 2016–2017
Designworks, Senior Designer, 2013–2015
Generation Alliance, Designer, 2009–2012
Moon Communications Group, Designer, 2007–2009
BA Design in Visual Communication
(First Class Honours)

Pallas Capital
The Commons
Charter Hall
AMP Capital
BreastScreen NSW

Industry Recognition

Transform Awards, Creative Director of the year, Highly commended
Transform Awards 2022, Silver, MONA
Transform Awards 2022, Silver, PIPER
BEST 2021, Bronze, Design Craft, COLINDIA
AGDA 2021, Distinction, Brand identity, ROXY'S
AGDA 2021, Merit, Illustration for design, ROXY'S
AGDA 2021, Merit, Illustration for design, COLINDIA
AGDA 2021, Merit, Brand identity, PALLAS CAPITAL
Transform Awards ANZ 2021, Gold, PALLAS CAPITAL
Sydney Design Awards 2021, Gold, Illustration, ROXY'S
Sydney Design Awards 2021, Silver, Brand identity, ROXY'S
Sydney Design Awards 2021, Silver, COLINDIA
Melbourne Design Awards 2021, Silver, PILLAR+TIDE
Teaching & Community

Committee member — Queers in Property
UTS Visual Communication
Casual Academic & Guest Lecturer 2007–2015
AGDA Mentor 2020