Matt Artz Design Anthropology, Writing, Visual Art, & Music

MATT ARTZ

Hi, my name is Matt Artz and I am a design anthropologist working at the intersection of product management and user experience (UX).
Using ethnography, I unlock hidden insights in businesses, organizations, data, products, and with users. For fun, I write and design visual art and music.

ABOUT ME

I’m design anthropologist who has spent over a decade working at the intersection of user experience and product management.

When not working, teaching or volunteering, you will likely find me learning. A self-described lifelong learner, I have earned an MS in applied anthropology, and MBA in Management Information Systems, a BS in Biotechnology, and a BBA in Computer Information Systems. I have also obtained certifications in Software Product Management from the University of Alberta, Project Management from University of California Irvine, ITIL Foundation Plus from Villanova University, and Lean Six Sigma (LLS) from Purdue University.

I am an avid reader, traveler, and lover of all things culture. I am continually seeking out new experiences across the world. Over the past nine years, I have had the fortunate opportunity to travel to 35 countries and engage in cultural immersion experiences, such as researching the vocalizations of Mantled Howlers in Nicaragua, working on a biodynamic and organic vineyard in Italy, and hiking the Inca Trail in Peru.

I am also a visual artist and musician and enjoy getting out into nature, practicing yoga, and meditating in my spare time.

DESIGN ANTHROPOLOGY

Check out my work as a design anthropologist.

ABOUT MY WORK

I apply the methods and theory of anthropology to product management and user experience. Using ethnography, I help companies unlocks hidden insights with users, data, and products through qualitative research.

I am currently serving as Director of User Experience (UX) Design for UM Technologies, VP of Business Development of Appek Apps, and an adjunct professor at Misericordia University.

At UM/Appek Apps, I have led research, design, and product management efforts to ship and scale products in the enterprise and consumer space. I have led research, design, and agile product management efforts to ship and scale web and mobile products in the enterprise and consumer space. I have experience working in energy, biotechnology, healthcare, financial services, telecommunications, entertainment, fashion, broadcasting, and nonprofit. Customers or end-users of products I have worked on included Verizon, Dunkin Donuts, Bluecross Blueshield of Pennsylvania, Direct Energy, Taylor Consulting, Romeo + Juliet Couture, Sequencing.com, Special Guest App, and more.

To give back to the anthropology, product and UX community, I also volunteer and guest host for the podcast, This Anthro Life where I discuss business and design anthropology; and write articles on user experience (UX), user research, and design leadership for UserZoom.

WRITING

Check out my latest blog posts.
UNT applied anthropology thesis

My UNT Anthropology Thesis

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Now that my UNT MS Applied Anthropology degree has officially been conferred, I am going to begin sharing information on my UNT anthropology thesis. To accomplish this, I am going to be posting many articles over the next few weeks that breakout key sections of my thesis into bitesize chunks suitable for a blog format. Following […]

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Where to Look for Applied Anthropology Jobs

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If you are looking for an applied anthropology job, the task of finding one can often seem daunting. When looking at the large job boards, you will rarely find the word anthropologist in the job title. If you are lucky, the word ethnography will be included in the job description, but that is not always […]

Best Anthropology Blogs

Best Anthropology Blogs

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Finding the best anthropology blogs is like finding the right journal articles – you can search all day in the wrong place, or you can use technology to enable finding the best.  In the past, I had searched around and bookmarked many, however, I found I only repeatedly visited a few.  Below is the list of […]

This Anthro Life Podcast

This Anthro Life Podcast: Business, Technology & Design Episodes

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As a proud volunteer and guest host of This Anthro Life, I have created this post to showcase the business, technology, and design anthropology episodes. I plan to update it periodically as new episodes go live that fit within the business, technology and design space. About This Anthro Life Podcast This Anthro Life is a round-table […]

Ethnographic Research Training Courses for UX Professionals

Ethnographic Research Training Courses for User Experience (UX) Professionals

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With user experience (UX) on the rise in industry, ethnography has become a hot term. Increasingly business leaders are asking for ethnographic research. As a result of this, many non-anthropologists have been asking me where they can participate in ethnographic research training courses. Since I have now been asked this a number of times, I figured I […]

VISUAL ART

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Democratic Art Series: Bruges

The Democratic Art series makes use of CC0 creative commons photos, digital manipulation techniques, and affordable online printing. This series of photos is meant to represent a form of art nearly anyone with a computer...
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Democratic Art Series: Venice & Burano

The Democratic Art series makes use of CC0 creative commons photos, digital manipulation techniques, and affordable online printing. This series of photos is meant to represent a form of art nearly anyone with a computer...

MUSIC

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