User experience research and design anthropologist focused on thick data and ethnography.
I’m Matt Garvin. A Master 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. There I worked as Peer Mentor and President of the Anthropology Learning Community.
Upon obtaining my BA, I entered the workforce as an Account Manager for 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. I mastered coursework on Cognitive Psychology and Human Behavior, Interaction Design, Contextual Inquiry and UX Consulting, and Python Programming. I’m focused on Needs Assessment and Usability Evaluation, Graphic Design, and the Accessible Design of Complex Websites. I provided UX Consulting for the Grandmont Rosedale Development Corporation, and developed a mobile app concept to support a need in my community.
I’m currently providing UX Consulting for IBM Developer. And am a UX/UI Specialist and Human-in-the-Loop Usability Lab Testing Coordinator for SEDS@UM (Students for the Exploration and Development of Space), on the CLAWS (Compact Localized Augmented Workstation) and BLiSS (Bioastronautics and Life Support Systems) student research groups competing in the NASA SUITS and Moon to Mars Exploration Systems and Habitation (M2M X-HAB) Challenges.
What I do
Mixed Methods User Research
Human-Computer Interaction Design
Four-Field Applied Anthropology
Needs Assessment | Usability Evaluation