Matt Artz is an anthropologist, artist, and activist who advocates for the responsible design of human-centered technologies. He is the Head of Product & Experience at Cloudshading Consulting, the Founder and Principal Researcher at Azimuth Labs, and the Founder and Career Coach at Anthro to UX.
Welcome to the introductory episode of the Anthro to UX podcast, where you will learn how to break into UX with an anthropology degree.I am Matt Artz, a business anthropologist specializing in design anthropology and working at the intersection of product management, user experience, and business strategy.I've started this podcast and the Anthro to UX career coaching service because I frequently have people reaching out to me on LinkedIn looking for advice on breaking into UX with an anthropology degree.In speaking with all of those aspiring UX'ers, I noticed that many recurring themes come up, so I thought this podcast could be a great way to address some of the common questions.To do that, I will be releasing episodes every other week. Each episode will feature an anthropologist who has already made the transition.You will get to hear from them, in their own words, about their journey and what they have learned since being in the role.I hope you all find this podcast helpful, and most importantly, I hope it can help all of you break into UX.
Welcome Matt Artz, a business anthropologist, podcaster, founder of 2 anthropology consulting companies, and an overall fascinating guest. We dive into the field of user experience, his experience doing a Tedx talk, the importance of publicly disseminating our work as anthropologists, and his new podcasts he is launching this January. We also discuss his masters thesis, and subject of his Tedx talk, the safety and lessons learned for consumers regarding at home DNA tests. Check out his many projects here: Tedx talk: Instagram/twitter: @mattartzanthro Follow @thatanthropodcast on Instagram for more behind the scenes content. 
Hear how anthropologists can transform your business! How amazing it was to meet and have the opportunity to interview Matt Artz, another business anthropologist like myself. This was a delightful podcast, focusing on the growing importance of anthropology in business and corporate settings. Matt shares with you his own experiences applying the methods and tools of anthropology to help companies better understand customer needs, build better cultures and capture designs to create exceptional user experiences. You will enjoy hearing about his journey, learning what anthropologists do and understanding why they have become so valuable to businesses today. Do listen in! Matt's forte is helping you discover the people behind your products, culture and strategy. How? Using ethnographic research, he helps make sense of today's consumers and markets so you can better understand your competitive landscape and plan a more targeted, successful business strategy. About Matt Artz  A business anthropologist, entrepreneur and TEDx Speaker, Matt Artz is the Head of Product and Experience for Cloudshadow and the Founder and Principal Researcher at Azimuth Labs. Working at the intersection of research, design and strategy, Matt has led B2B and B2C projects in biotechnology, healthcare, energy, manufacturing, financial services, telecommunications, fashion and entertainment.  Matt's clients range from large enterprises to venture-funded startups, including Verizon, Dunkin Donuts, Mine Safety Appliances, Direct Energy, Veeder Root, Independence Blue Cross, Romeo + Juliet Couture, Signallamp Health and Special Guest App (featured by Apple on its TV show, Planet of the Apps).  As well as writing and speaking about business anthropology, product development and his research on Direct-to-Consumer DNA testing, Matt is a co-organizer of the NYC Business Anthropology meetup, a guest host on This Anthro Life podcast and a guest writer for UserZoom, writing about user experience.  You can contact Matt via his website, Azimuth Labs website, LinkedIn, Twitter and Spotify. Are you ready to use some anthropology techniques to solve your business problems? The following easy-to-use tools can help you take a step back to observe your business in a new way and identify innovative solutions that can help you dominate your market space. To learn more about how anthropology could help your business soar: Blog: What is Corporate Anthropology and Why Should I Try It? Blog: Easy-to-Use Anthropology Toolkit to Grow Your Business Podcast: Adam Gamwell and Ryan Collins—This Anthro Life Podcast: Ask Andi—Want Your Company To Not Just Survive But Thrive? Hire Anthropologists Podcast: Oscar Barrera—Creatively Applying Anthropology To Find Innovative Solutions Additional resources My anthropology toolkit My award-winning book: "On the Brink: A Fresh Lens to Take Your Business to New Heights" Simon Associates Management Consultants website  
Welcome to This Anthro Life x EPIC 2019. This is the first episode in our 2019 collaboration with the Ethnographic Praxis in Industry Community or EPIC. EPIC is a professional organization that brings together ethnographers and social science practitioners across fields like user experience research and design, marketing, computer science, academia, and more. This year’s conference theme is agency, which is fascinating given the rapid rise of artificial intelligence, voice recognition software and platforms like Alexa or Hey Google, and controversies over privacy and sale of people’s personal data.  Today host Adam Gamwell and guest host Matt Artz virtually sit down with the EPIC conference chairs Julia Haines and Lisa Di Carlo. Julia conducts research at the intersection of technology, innovation, and human practices. She is a Senior User Experience Researcher at Google where she leads UX research for a team of over 400 designers and engineers, bringing an inclusive, human-centered perspective to the project. She is a co-founder of the Responsible AI License (RAIL) initiative and an inaugural member of the ACM’s Future of Computing Academy.  Lisa is an anthropologist and lecturer in the Sociology Department at Brown University. She teaches courses on design anthropology, applied qualitative research methods and research ethics. The common threads throughout her research are migration and displacement, .from labor migration, to religious conversion as migration and displacement, to social innovation through the migration of ideas. When not preparing a massive conference, she conducts ethnographic research primarily in the Mediterranean area, most frequently in Turkey and Turkish diaspora communities.  We have a wide ranging conversation that covers questions such as  what agency looks like in industry and classrooms,  what responsibilities corporations have to the agency of users,  how we can make computing more equitable,  the pace of research in academia and industry,  how students and other professionals looking to move into industry ethnography and research can get a leg up.  As always, we want to hear from you! Drop us a voice message on Anchor or a message on Twitter @thisanthrolife or email at If you get some value out of listening to the show, please consider supporting us at or on with a dollar or a few bucks a month, whatever you can afford. Your support makes this show possible. Thank you! --- Send in a voice message:
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