I’m a mixed-method human-computer interaction researcher specializing in emerging technologies, speculative design, and information architecture. I’m an expert in design thinking, systems thinking, distributed teamwork, and ubiquitous computing. I am currently a researcher at the Generative Justice lab, working on a multi-year research project funded by the NSF titled “Race, Class, and Gender Equity in the Future of Work: Automation for the Artisanal Economy.”

Publications

Garvin, M., Eglash, R., Robinson, K., Robert, L., Guzdial, M., Bennett, A. (2022).  Counter-
hegemonic AI: the role of artisanal identity in the design of automation for a liberated economy.
Manuscript submitted for publication.

Ron Eglash, Lionel Robert, Audrey Bennett, Kwame Robinson, Matthew Garvin, Deborah Hammond-Sowah (2022) “Navigating the open/closed spectrum: the need for layered access in platforms for generative justice,” 72nd Annual ICA Conference

Tawanna R. Dillahunt, Matthew Garvin, Marcy Held, and Julie Hui. 2021. Implications for Supporting Marginalized Job Seekers: Lessons from Employment Centers. Proc. ACM Hum.-Comput. Interact. 5, CSCW2, Article 324 (October 2021), 24 pages. https://doi.org/10.1145/3476065

Articles

Matthew Garvin (2020) Use Heuristic Evaluations Prior to Usability Testing for Improved ROI. UX Collective

Matthew Garvin (2020) UX Scorecards: Quantifying and Communicating the User Experience. UX Collective

Matthew Garvin (2020) Ethnographic Encounters of the HCI kind in Bioastronautics. CLAWS@UM

Matthew Garvin (2020) The UX of Bioastronautics. CLAWS@UM

Matthew Garvin (2019) What about personas? Design Warp

Case Studies

Matthew Garvin (2020) UX Case Study: Disney+ navigation patterns and interaction design. Medium

Matthew Garvin (2019) UX Case Study: Documenting Grandmont Rosedale’s Vacant Property Task Force. Design Warp

Matthew Garvin (2019) Resy and OpenTable: a comparative case study The Startup

Presentations

NASA SSERVI XHab ’20 – “NASA Platform for Autonomous Systems (NPAS) AR/VR System” [PDF]

NASA MGSC ’20 – “Understanding the Emerging Role of HCI in Human Space Exploration.”

Funding

UMSI Ph.D. Student Funding
Green Transfer Scholarship

Industry

I have worked for the Social Innovations and Generative Justice labs at the University of Michigan. I have worked on classified projects for NASA’s Convergent Aeronautics Solutions and the Exploration Medical Capability element of the Human Research Program. I completed an internship at Tyler Technologies Public Safety Division and have provided consulting services for the MI Dept. of State, IBM Developer, and GRDC.

Academic

I hold an MS in Information (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor), with a thesis titled “Close encounters of the HCI kind: an ethnography of human-centered approaches in space technology,” and a BA in Four-field approach Anthropology (Wayne State University, Detroit).

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