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

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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

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National Association for the Practice of Anthropology (NAPA) - Anthropology Mentor Program

National Association for the Practice of Anthropology (NAPA) – Anthropology Mentor Program

Applied Anthropology, Business Anthropology
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As an applied anthropologist I am concerned with the practical uses of anthropology to create positive change.  Most often that means work outside of an academic context.  For those of us who work in this space, we are often left wondering where we can turn to connect with other practitioners, and possibly even mentors. One […]

Why the World Needs Anthropologists Designing the Future

Why the World Needs Anthropologists Designing the Future

Applied Anthropology, Design Anthropology
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Why the World Needs Anthropologists Designing the Future is the sixth annual event of the EASA Applied Anthropology Network. It will be held October 27 and 27 in Lisbon Portugal. According to the website, it is a symposium that explores the different applications of anthropology beyond traditional academia. This year the event focuses on “design anthropology its methods, […]

Tricia Wang Thick Data

Tricia Wang’s Thick Data = Ethnography + Big Data

Applied Anthropology, Business Anthropology, Technology Anthropology
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On a recent episode of This Anthro Life, Adam Gamwell, Ryan Collins, and Matt Artz got to interview Tricia Wang on the topic of applying ethnography to big data to produce thick data. About Tricia Wang Dr. Tricia Wang sees her work consulting as sitting at the crossroads of data and social justice. As a global tech ethnographer, Dr. Wang is […]

Global Business Anthropology Summit at Fordham University

Global Business Anthropology Summit at Fordham University

Applied Anthropology, Business Anthropology
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As originally posted on the Business Anthropology website, there will be a second Global Business Anthropology Summit. The 2019 Global Business Anthropology Summit will be held in New York City at Fordham University, May 29-30, 2019. The 2019 Global Business Anthropology Summit will bring together an international group of practitioners, scholars and industry experts to reflect upon future directions for the […]

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