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About msallin

Matty Sallin is the founder of Since 1999, Matty has worked to develop consumer products that manage everyday information and media in a satisfying, illuminating, and beautiful way. His professional and academic work has focused on social media, information design and information visualization. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Good Morning America, GQ, American Public Media, Make Magazine, Boing Boing, Engadget, Gizmodo, Coolhunting, ResFest, and others. Matty holds a Master’s degree from New York University’s Interactive Telecommunications Program and a Bachelor’s degree from UC Santa Cruz.


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Wake n’ Bacon

Version 1 by Matty Sallin, Daniel Bartolini, Hsiao-huh Hsu Version 2 by Matty Sallin with engineering by Josh Myer WHAT: An alarm clock that wakes you up with the smell of cooking bacon instead of a buzzer.  The aroma wakes you … Continue reading

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the ATM: an interface redesign (sketch)

Even though ATMs are devices most of us use multiple times a week, if you watch people using them you can see that with each screen refresh the user is putting effort towards parsing the information before them and hesitating … Continue reading

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Apple OS X Spotlight: an interface redesign

* Note: This article was written in June 2006 and reflects the Spotlight interface at the time. Apple’s Spotlight technology is great for two primary reasons: first, it is so tightly integrated with the OS that it’s index is always … Continue reading

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by Matty Sallin and Greg Trefry WHAT: A biofeedback lamp that detects and “echos” your own heartbeat in realtime. Just place your hands on either side of the lamp base and wait for it to detect your pulse, then watch as … Continue reading

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LandLord (sketch)

LandLord is an interface study for a web app that offers a comparative view of apartment rentals in San Francisco. Searching for an apartment is essentially a comparative process. While most people have a ballpark range of what they’d like … Continue reading

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Chit Chat

by Matty Sallin with David Herman WHAT: ChitChat is an installation that projects a speech bubble above your head as you talk. The bubble swells with the text “blah bu blah blah” as you continue to talk. The output text … Continue reading

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