User experience research and design anthropologist focused on thick data and ethnography.

I’m Matt Garvin. A Master’s Student at the School of Information specializing in UX/HCI/Social Computing.

I’m a mixed method human-computer interaction researcher and information scientist with a background in four-field anthropology.

My research interests include information ecologies, user experience, emerging technologies (XR) and the technologies of control (AI, surveillance, disinformation).

My current research seeks to better understand the role of hci in the democratization of human spaceflight technologies (bioastronautics).

In earlier years, I was an aspiring rock star. A Michigan native from metro Detroit and raised on a farm in the Irish Hills.

What I do

User Research

Design Thinking

UX/Interaction Design

AR/VR/MR Prototyping

Recent Experiences

UX Research Intern | Tyler Technologies
(2020 – Current)

  • Built sitemaps and conducted heuristic evaluations on 3 closely related products.
  • Validated key design changes for a crucial products by determining improvements in speed/accuracy with Fitts’s Law.
  • Recruited, scheduled, and facilitated remote usability testing on a new prototype.
  • Engaged in weekly UX Clinic, Virtual Standup, and Design Review.

Student Usability Consultant | IBM Developer
(2020 – Current)

  • Performed need assessment
    • Created an interaction map
    • Conducted user interviews
    • Performed competitive cnalysis
    • Deployed a survey
  • Conducted usability evaluations
    • Completed heuristic evaluation
    • Ran a usability test

Human in the loop/Usability Lab Coordinator | CLAWS
(2019 – Current)
I’m working as a UX specialist and the Human-in-the-Loop Usability Lab Testing Coordinator for SEDS@UM on the CLAWS AR/MR interface designed to compete in the SUITS and eXploration Habitat Challenges. We are representing University of Michigan. Of the 21 student teams competing, ours is 1/10 invited to demo our system at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston this April.

Student UX Research Consultant | GRDC
I led my team to conduct user research into the GRDC’s volunteer Vacant Property Task Force in order to develop and optimize documentation processes as the Task Force was set to be used as a model for other neighborhoods by the City of Detroit and its mission to cut down on vacant property, blight, and prevent tax foreclosure.

Matt Garvin

Cross-functional mixed methods user-experience research designer with a background in anthropology and human-computer interaction

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