Matt Miklic

Product Designer / 10 Years at Automattic / Image Editor: Sketch / Code Editor: Coda / Atlanta, Georgia USA

The open source nature of WordPress plays a significant role in why it’s gotten the traction that it has. We’ve seen beautifully-designed proprietary competitors come and go, unable to reach the critical mass they need to sustain themselves. If usage is oxygen for ideas, open source is one of the most effective ways to breathe life into a young project.

🌎 Needs

More empathy among designers for the people who use our products.

🌏 Wants

Universal design. It’s a principle commonly applied in architecture, but not always considered when designing events and digital products. How can we make the experiences we design more equally accessible to everyone? How can we learn more about the people who try to use our products, but can’t, because of design decisions we made?

👏 Talk

📱 Products

Tolomeo Lamp / It’s an extremely versatile, nearly infinitely-adjustable lamp—that’s also incredibly simple to use, and so visually understated that it almost disappears.

Philips Hue / It seems like a silly idea. Who needs an internet-connected, color-changing light bulb? But when I figured out that I could tune all the light in my house to the exact color temperature I preferred, I fell in love.

❔ Whois

I’m a product designer and dog wrangler, calling Atlanta home. After graduating from the Savannah College of Art and Design, I thought I’d design books for a living, but quickly learned that the web was where I could make my mark. In the ten years I’ve been at Automattic I’ve worked on just about everything, but these days I design mobile apps and hire amazing designers. I blog at

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