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.
Before UX, I was a professional singer. Later, I tended bar before and during my tenure as a Four-Field Anthropology major at Wayne State University. At WSU I worked as Peer Mentor and President of the Anthropology Learning Community, and an Astronomy tutor.
I was selected by Dr. Irvin D. Reid, President Emeritus of WSU and founder/namesake of the Honors college that gave me a transfer scholarship, to conduct a field study with him and a small group of undergrad/grad students, studying democracy in Ghana during the 2012 election.
Upon obtaining my BA, I entered the workforce as an Account Manager at a local Supply Chain Logistics firm until admittance to UMSI. Since then, I’ve specialized in UX Research and Design, Human-Computer Interaction, and Social Computing as a master’s student, and I am planning to apply for the Ph.D. program at UMSI in the fall.
I am currently working as a UX research intern at Tyler Technologies.
I am the SOCHI Chair for 10th annual World Information Architecture Day – Ann Arbor coming in early 2021.
I am a UX researcher and “human in the loop” co-coordinator for CLAWS as we move forward with the development of ATLAS (AR Toolkit for Lunar Astronauts and Scientists), RIGEL (Rock Identification for Geological Evaluation), and VEGA (Voice Entity for Guiding Astronauts). I am providing UX consulting for BLiSS (Bioastronautics and Life Support Systems) as they develop new technologies to enhance NASA’s Artemis missions.
With the focus on space exploration, I have identified a research topic for the Master’s Thesis Option, or MTOP. Advised by Kentaro Toyama, I will be conducting an ethnographic field study utilizing participant observation to understand how aerospace and bioastronautics researchers conceive of human-computer interaction and what it can do to advance their field.
In my first year as an MSI at the University of Michigan School of Information, I’ve specialized in:
- UX Research and Design
- Human-Computer Interaction
- Social Computing
I mastered coursework on:
- Cognitive Psychology and Human Behavior
- Interaction Design
- Contextual Inquiry and UX Consulting
- Python data structures
- Needs Assessment and Usability Evaluation
- Graphic Design Foundations
- Accessible Design of Complex Websites.
In the upcoming Fall semester, I will be focused on:
- Theories of Social Influence
- Engaging with Communities
- The UX Mastery course
What I do