Matt Cottam


My homebase is Newport, Rhode Island and I spend a few months a year in Sweden and Italy. I practice and teach design--especially product and service design prototyping with physical computing tools. I prefer to be sailboat racing, skiing, scuba diving or working as an emergency medic.

Matt Studied Industrial Design at Rhode Island School of Design. In the 10 years since graduation he has been teaching courses at RISD on topics including product and service design, physical computing, design for emergency medicine, and human habitation and life support in extreme environments. Matt is a Paramedic for the Department of Health and Human Serivces as well as the National Ski Patrol. Since 2004 he has been a faculty member at the Design Institute Umeå in Sweden, where he teaches the Experience Prototyping Course. In 2000 Matt co-founded Tellart, a product, service, and environment design firm with offices in Rhode Island and California. Tellart’s clients include international manufacturers and service providers such as Nokia, Humana, Novartis, Otis Elevator and Stanford University. Matt serves as Tellart’s CEO and works closely with clients using information architecture and design methods to research challenges, discover opportunities for innovation, and build strategies and tactics for design interventions.


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