We care deeply about looking holistically at problems and opportunities. We don't rush into solutions. We're more interested in what your project is trying to achieve, and why. Answering What and Why are far more important than figuring out how. Answer those questions and the How tends to present itself.
Founder & Principal
Matthew has led the design and development efforts for scores of Products and Services projects, redesigned large-scale, enterprise design and development processes, led research efforts to understand the needs of organ transplant recipients, and helped shut down four businesses, for which the owners thanked him heartily (because they didn't spend millions of dollars on terrible ideas
When he's not talking about himself in third-person, his work impacts healthcare, insurance, banking, accounting, CRM, fundraising, marketing, e-commerce, business processing, education, transportation, engineering, SaaS, B2B, B2C, and the somewhat rare C2B.
Elise specializes in design research, adapting many different techniques to understand users' needs, design a positive user experience, and validate it through testing. She has over 20 years’ experience in human factors engineering, UX research, and interaction design, with a BS in mechanical engineering and MS in human factors psychology.
Kristin had every intention of becoming a famous Oboist, but after getting her degree she went into design and technology, first as an interactive designer, and later a web developer.
She worked both with large international companies like Sharp Labs to design and prototype smart TV interfaces and smart home devices, as well as with smaller companies where she helped bring their brand to the web. As a full time developer, she has championed accessibility, thoughtful systems implementation, and user-centric interfaces.
Studio VO proudly founded (2017) and continues to support PDXHCD — The Portland Human-Centered Discipline Collective. In this case, the D in HCD is for Discipline, not Design, because we want to be more inclusive of everyone who practices human-centered work.