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Matt Kuhns, Ringleader

Matt Kuhns

Matt Kuhns is the founder of Modern Alchemy LLC, as well as its lead designer, bookkeeper, traffic manager, chief cook and bottle washer.

Born and raised in Anamosa, Iowa, Matt’s studies in the arts began with crayons, graduating to pencils, technical pens and eventually computer graphic software. He graduated cum laude from Iowa State University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design.

In more than 15 years as a professional graphic designer, Matt’s career has included employment at a newspaper, a family planning organization, a private university, a botanical garden and several advertising agencies and marketing firms. After five years in Des Moines, Matt moved to Ohio to accept a job at a small design studio, later striking out on his own to found Modern Alchemy.

A local legend tells of how Matt once fixed a color copier using nothing but a strip of scrap paper, after a repair technician had examined the machine and concluded that it would need a new part special ordered.

Matt is the author of three books including Brilliant Deduction: The Story of Real-Life Great Detectives. He posts occasionally to the blog Modern Ideas. He can be contacted at mjk@modernalchemy.biz.