Matthew Nava-Mann

Graphic Designer

Adobe Certified Professional

Certified Project Manager

Aspirations and Goals as a Human Being:

I always want to be a better version of myself through thought and self-improvement.  Learning from my failures and mistakes and turning them in to teachable moments are my keys to building success for the future.


Experience, Education and Credentials:

My journey through the printing and graphic arts industry began with freelancing, on to smaller production facilities, ultimately landing at Slate Group. I have a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Texas Tech University and a diploma in Graphic Design from Ashworth College. I have additional creative industry training from The Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design, Arizona State University, and Full Sail University. I am an Certified Adobe Visual Design Associate, Associate Project Manager, and USPS Mail Design Professional.


What do you like to do when you’re not working?

I love to read, play golf, sew, cook, and bake.


Favorite quote:

“Successful pieces I’ve done in the past are actually a burden.  Your audience will always judge you by your best work, and then expect you to repeat it.”

– Christoph Niemann


Tell us something about yourself that would surprise us:

Even though I am a graphic designer, I also have worked in many departments of a commercial print shop as well as managed production in a smaller facility.  I have operated offset and digital presses, letterpresses, and finishing equipment.


Tell us three things most people don’t know about you:

I am a professional musician and an Eagle Scout.  I enjoy studying Intellectual Property and Copyright law and would like to add that to my skill set.


Three words to best describe you:

Logical, Thoughtful, Ethical


What do you like most about Slate Group?

I love how innovative Slate Group is and never afraid to try new things that push the envelope for advances in the printing industry.


What do you like most about your role at Slate Group?

I have the ability to be open minded to try new things without having my ideas turned away.  I enjoy the collaboration with my colleagues that ultimately leads to a solution to a problem.


What drew you to Slate Group originally?

I was in the process of moving to Lubbock and wanted to stay in the creative and print industry.  After being offered other positions, I chose Slate Group because of its culture, creativity, and forward thinking to invest in its people and future that ultimately aligned with my skill set and career goals.