Matt Artz Matt Artz


Matt Artz is a design anthropologist working at the intersection of product management, UX strategy, and design research. Using design ethnography, Matt unlocks hidden insights with users, data, and products.

Matt is 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, Matt has led research, design, and product management efforts to ship and scale products in the enterprise and consumer space. Customers or end-users of products Matt has led the process on included Verizon, Blue Cross Blue Shield, and Special Guest App which was featured on Apple’s Planet of the Apps.

Matt is also a consultant offering product/UX services, workshops, and speakings engagements. He is available for hire on LinkedIn and through his website.

To give back to the anthropology, product and UX community, Matt is also a volunteer and guest host for the podcast, This Anthro Life where he discusses design anthropology; and a contributing editor for UserZoom where he writes articles on user experience (UX), user research, and design leadership.

When not working, teaching or volunteering, you will likely find Matt learning. A self-described lifelong learner, Matt has recently earned 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.

Matt is also a matriculating student in an MS Applied Anthropology program at the University of North Texas (UNT). His thesis at the UNT is focused on designing for behavioral change and social equality in health. Taking a transdisciplinary approach which encompasses information technology, design, and anthropology, he is seeking to understand how a human-centered design approach may be applied to designing digital health products and services which are accessible and capable of driving behavioral health change for those most in need.

Matt is an avid reader, traveler, and lover of all things culture. He is continually seeking out new experiences across the world. Over the past nine years, he has traveled to 35 countries and has had the fortunate opportunity to 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.

Matt is also a champion of the arts and nature and is an amateur photographer and musician who enjoys exercising and meditating in his spare time.



This Anthro Life Podcast | Oct 2017 | The Yin And Yang Of Design Anthropology With Dr. Elizabeth Dori Tunstall

This Anthro Life Podcast | May 2017 | Free Think 6 – Who Are the 13,000?

Zoltun Design | April 2017 | User Experience Design (UXD)

UserZoom | August 2016 | Navigating the Politics of Contextual Inquiry

UserZoom | June 2016 | How To Get Your Boss to Adopt a UX Culture

Northeastern Pennsylvania Business Journal | March 2015 | Top Jobs in 2015

Happenings Magazine | January 2015 | Mobile Web vs. Mobile App

Northeastern Pennsylvania Business Journal | December 2014 | Top 20 Under 40 – A Global Outlook, Rooted in NEPA

Happenings Magazine | October 2014 | How to Shop Safely Online

Bold Gold Media’s Radio Community Forum | August 2014 | The Basics of IT Security

Happenings Magazine | August 2014 | How to Choose the Best Password

Happenings Magazine | June 2014 | Five Apps You’ll Want to Try

Happenings Magazine | April 2014 | What’s Truly Brewing: The Good, Bad and Ugly of Coffee

Marywood University’s School of Business and Global Innovation | February 2014 | Design Thinking in Innovation

Misericordia University’s College of Professional Studies and Social Sciences | April 2013 | Design Strategy in Advertising

Pages & Places | October 2012 | Award for Distinguished Service

Happenings Magazine | August 2012 | Northeastern Pennsylvania’s Most Successful Singles

Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International (HSMAI) | March 2011 | Using The Internet As a Platform – Doing Business Online in 2011

Athgo International Global Forum | June 2008 | Miracles of Development: Good Governance and Capacity Building 

Electric City Renaissance | February 2008 | Artz Readies for Ecuador Trip

The Scranton Chamber of Commerce | August 2007 | Emerging Technologies for Business

United States Patent & Trademark Office | January 2007 | Rapid Gel Electrophoresis System Provisional Patent 20080164149

Electric City Renaissance | September 2005 | Area Man Studies Primates in Nicaragua

Great Valley Technology Alliance (GVTA) | May 2005 | Business Plan Competition 2nd Place Finalist