Matt Griffin

Senior UX Manager in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Matt Griffin

Senior UX Manager in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Hi, I'm Matt Griffin 👋. Since 2017, I've lived in Ottawa, Ontario, where I'm leading the Financial Solutions UX teams at Shopify.

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In 2008, I founded the web design and UX consultancy Bearded in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, which I managed until its completion 8½ years later.

I've spoken at conferences around the world about design and UX. My writing has been published by both net magazine and A List Apart. From 2008–2011 I taught in the School of Design at Carnegie Mellon University.

I'm an experienced letterpress printer and – along with Matt Braun – created Wood Type Revival, a project which converted lost historic wood type into digital fonts for modern designers.

I'm the director of the documentary film What Comes Next Is the Future, because how hard could it be to make a movie? (Spoiler: pretty hard.)

I'm an American living in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada with my wife Elizabeth and my son Argus. Previous to entering the world of design, I played drums for a handful of indie bands. I was lucky enough to tour all over the world, and play on a fair number of records. Somehow I got sort of famous in Japan, which is a long story.

  • Work
    • Shopify
  • Education
    • Indiana University Bloomington
Testimonials
Bearded’s process is open, honest, very focused on results – and at the same time flexible enough to meet changing needs. We couldn't be more pleased that we achieved a modern stage for our content with a vastly improved user experience for our members, and managed to stay within budget.
Jane Voros, Director of Publication Services American Economic Association
Bearded not only solved our design challenges, they have changed the way we work and the way we approach problems.
Toby Basalla, Director of Product Development OnHand Schools
What makes Bearded different is the directness and openness, and commitment to the process. This was truly a collaboration that led us to a more comprehensive understanding of how the site works, and how to continue to make it better as we go.
Toby Greenwalt, Director of Digital Strategy Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh