Matthew Stephens
Design Leader

About Me

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Based out of Austin, I’ve worked at the intersection of design, technology, and business for over 22 years, most recently as VP of Design at The Zebra, a billion dollar insurtech company. I build high-performing teams and design award-winning brands and products. Beyond that, I also write about ethics, accessibility, diversity, and education within design.

At The Zebra, I built a high-performing Design Org of 22 product and marketing designers, researchers, writers, and managers. Together, we built a suite of products that increased annual net revenue from $1M to $100M, along with a 100% retention rate on my team.

Before The Zebra, I was the Co-Founder of, the largest art community in the world. With over 400 million works of art and 50 million users, I know what it’s like to operate and lead at the largest scale.

I’m also involved in the broader design community, serving as a member of Invision’s Design Leadership Forum and the advisory board for Austin Design Week. I also donate my time and design skills to various non-profits, including the American Cancer Society.

In a previous life, I was a competitive ultimate frisbee player. During my career, I appeared in multiple national and world championships. Other interests include soccer, video games, and birding.

I hold a degree from The University of Texas at Austin in Radio-Television-Film , where I focused on digital media.

If you’re ever in Austin, I made a map of all my favorite recommendations!

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