Author Archives: msallin

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.


Kinfo is a familial social network designed to allow users to discover and document their ancestral roots, explore their living family network, and share media together. Advertisements

Posted in Interaction Design, Visual Design | 4 Comments

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

Posted in Product Design | 344 Comments

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

Posted in Interaction Design, Visual Design | Leave a comment


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

Posted in Product Design | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Uncategorized | 5 Comments

Telepresence Picture Frames

WHAT: A pair of networked photo frames that indicate the remote presence of the person in the photo. For example, if my sister in California moves around in front of her photo of me, my photo frame of her will gently … Continue reading

Posted in Product Design | 1 Comment

Sogetsu is the first site I designed as a creative director. The Sogetsu Foundation is the most avant-garde school of Ikebana in Japan, Ikebana being the Japanese art of flower arrangement. The client was intentionally vague on the brief, only … Continue reading

Posted in Interaction Design, Visual Design | 4 Comments