Matt Cottam

Founder and Chief Design Officer, Tellart
Resident Faculty, CIID


Since co-founding the international design studio Tellart in 1999, Matt has directed projects and strategy for clients such as Google, Philips, Samsung, YouTube, Target, Science Museum (London), Prime Minister’s Office of United Arab Emirates, and Otis Elevator–many of which have won prestigious design awards including Cannes Lions, SXSW, D&AD, IxDA, Webby, Lovie, and Core77. He is an internationally recognized speaker at venues such as INST-INT, Frontiers of Interaction, LIFT, IxDA, IDSA, Google Tech Talks, Quantified Self, Microsoft Social Computing Symposium, Berlin Design Festival, at Stanford University, Future Technologies Research Summit at Intel, PICNIC, SIGCHI, DEFCON, Designing User Experience (DUX) and many more.

Matt holds both Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) and Bachelor of Industrial Design (BID) degrees from Rhode Island School of Design (RISD, USA), as well as a Master of Fine Arts in Industrial Design with a concentration in Interaction Design from Umeå University (UID, Sweden). In addition to his design education and practice, Matt is an Advanced Life Support Paramedic and an Ocean Yachtmaster (RYA).

For ten years, Matt taught studio courses at RISD on topics ranging from design for extreme environments to physical computing. From 2005 to 2012 Matt taught at Umeå Institute of Design, Umeå University (UID, Sweden) where he held the position of Adjunct Professor. He has also taught at Oslo School of Architecture and Design (AHO, Norway) and The Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing (CAFA, China). Matt is currently an Associate Professor at Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design (CIID, Denmark) where he has been teaching courses including Intro to IxD (with Bill Verplank), Information Design, Experimental Imaging and Material and Behaviour (with Timo Arnall), as well as leading tutoring for thesis projects since the school’s pilot year.