I do research in informatics and anthropology to study cultural transmission and the impact of design on behavior.

I’m a mixed-method informatics researcher currently finishing up my MS in Informatics (’21) at University of Michigan School of Information in Ann Arbor, specializing in human-computer interaction and user experience. I hold a BA in Anthropology (’17) from Wayne State University in Detroit.

My research interests include human-computer interaction, distributed cultural transmission, emerging technologies, behavioral economics in social computing, CSCW & ICT4SG

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

Research Assistant | Social Innovations Group (SIG)
(Oct. 2020 – Current)

  • Text analysis for the ongoing project: SocioTechnical capital, employment, and economic mobility

Interaction Design Consultant | MI Dept. of State
(Sept. 2020 – Current)

  • Conducting user research, iterative design sprints, usability evaluation to improve voter turnout among communities with historically low engagement

UX Research Intern | Tyler Technologies
(May – August 2020)

  • 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.

Usability Consultant | IBM Developer
(Jan – May 2020)

  • 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
(Dec. 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.

UX Research Consultant | GRDC
(Sept – Dec. 2019)
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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