About

Summary

My name is Matt Soave. I consider myself a user experience, interaction designer, and a front-end prototyper. I hold a master's degree in Human-Centered Design and Engineering, and I work as a design technologist at Amazon. I enjoy all aspects of the user experience field, and I specialize in UX design and high-fidelity prototyping.

About Me

I'm currently a full-time design technologist at Amazon. I work on the Online Device Sales team, where I work on projects that help customers learn about and purchase Kindle and Fire devices. As a design technologist, I'm involved in the entire design process, including collaborating with stakeholders to gather and write requirements; designing the overarching and on-page user experiences; creating interactive prototypes with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript; and working with developers to get my designs properly implemented.

I have a M.S. in Human Centered Design and Engineering from the University of Washington. Before that, I graduated summa cum laude with a B.S. in Cognitive Science (with a specialization in Human-Computer Interaction) from the University of California, San Diego, with a GPA of 3.94.

Previously, I worked as a user experience designer at a Seattle-based UX design and development agency called UpTop (a company resulting from the merger of Peak Systems and Produxs) where my work ranged from early, higher-level conceptualizations (ideation, information architecture, wireframes, etc.) to low-level, detailed design (visual design, specifications, asset production, etc.). I worked with enterprise and mid-market clients, and my work spanned multiple platforms and markets. Before that, I worked as an Associate Human-Factors Engineer at Cubic Corporation and as an Interaction Design Intern at Hewlett-Packard.

Feel free to explore my LinkedIn account to learn more about my work and academic experience, or reach out to me directly via the email address on my resume.

I was introduced to the field of Human-Computer Interaction from a human perception and cognition perspective, though I also love to do front-end web development; I try to combine the two as much as I can. I approach HCI as a field meant to minimize the gap between human intention and execution – what is the most efficient and effective way for the user to accomplish a task?

Availability: I enjoy my current position but am always open to networking. Please take a look at my work and my resume and feel free to reach out.

About this Website

I hand-coded this website using HTML, PHP, a MySQL database, CSS (via LESS), and JavaScript (via jQuery). My primary goal in creating this site (beyond needing an updated portfolio) was to learn more about designing and developing responsive websites. I also wanted to try some techniques that were new to me, such as transitioning seamlessly between pages using the HTML5 history API, using more advanced CSS selectors (like dd + dd + dd:last-child:before {content: ", & "; }), and using a CSS pre-processor (LESS).