Mike Matas

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Mike Matas
Mike Matas, Yosemite July 2007
Born (1986-03-23) March 23, 1986 (age 29)
Seattle, Washington, United States
Residence San Francisco
Occupation User Interface Designer
Known for Designer behind iOS, OS X, Al Gores' Our Choice book (interactive version), Nest Learning Thermostat, and Facebook
Spouse(s) Sharon Matas (m. 2015)

Michael "Mike" Matas (born in Seattle, Washington, 23 March 1986) is an interface designer and icon artist. He has previously worked at The Omni Group doing interface and graphic design work. Matas co-founded Delicious Monster in 2004 together with Wil Shipley. He later worked at Apple, Inc. and designed some of the major user interfaces in Mac OS X, iOS for iPhone and iPads.[1][2] In addition, he has been listed as the co-inventor on patents Apple has filed.[3] He later left Apple.[4]

After Apple Matas worked on the team that designed the Nest Learning Thermostat.[5] He then founded Push Pop Press, a digital publishing company that created Al Gore's interactive book Our Choice.[6][7]

Currently Matas works at Facebook where he was internal the design of Paper, Facebooks' alternative iOS application and Facebook Instant Articles.

Personal life[edit]

As a teenager, Mike Matas lived in Seattle. He has two brothers, Sam Costigan and Jonathan Matas.

At the age of 14 Matas became involved with 911 Media Arts, a non-profit digital video resource company in Seattle, where he helped edit videos. Soon thereafter he started a small icons business, where he designed icons and logos for Mac OS X applications, such as Karelia Watson. From the age of 15, until the end of high school, he worked for The Omni Group, designing user interfaces. While there, he met Wil Shipley with whom he founded Delicious Monster in March 2004. Delicious Library was their first product, which generated $250,000 worth of sales in its first month. In July 2005 he left to work for Apple designing icons.

He currently lives in San Francisco, California, after he moved from Palo Alto, California. He never attended college and dropped out of high school in the middle of his senior year to co-found Delicious Monster. In 2015 Matas married Sharon Hwang, a fellow designer.


  • Joined The Omni Group at age 15
  • Co-founded Delicious Monster at age 18
  • Won first prize for Delicious Library in the category "'Best Mac OS X User Experience" and second place in the category "Best Product New to Mac OS X" at Apple's World Wide Developers Conference 2005
  • Held a presentation regarding User Experience during WWDC'05, something that's unusual for someone that doesn't work for Apple
  • Joined Apple at age 19
  • Co-founded Push Pop Press in 2009
  • Presented at TED in 2011 on his work at Push Pop for Al Gore's interactive book Our Choice[8][9]
  • Joined Facebook in 2011[10]
  • Design lead for Facebook Paper

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Delicious Monster co-founder joins Apple interface team". AppleInsider. Retrieved 2015-11-06. 
  2. ^ am, Jay Savage | | July 21st 2005 at 10:30am July 21st 2005 10:30. "Mike Matas going to Cupertino". Engadget. Retrieved 2015-11-06. 
  3. ^ Interview: Mike Matas, Cocoia Blog, retrieved July 12, 2010 
  4. ^ Mike Matas - About, Mike Matas, retrieved July 12, 2010 
  5. ^ "The Father of the iPod Has Invented The Smartest, Coolest Thermostat You'll Ever See | Cult of Mac". Cult of Mac. Retrieved 2015-11-06. 
  6. ^ "Al Gore's 'Our Choice' App Reinvents Books, Reading". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 2015-11-06. 
  7. ^ "Push Pop Press: Al Gore's Our Choice". pushpoppress.com. Retrieved 2015-11-06. 
  8. ^ "Facebook's Mysterious Hire: The Guy Who Designed Much of the iPhone". 
  9. ^ "Mike Matas". Mike Matas. Retrieved 2015-11-06. 
  10. ^ "A Tech Power Couple Shows Off Their Artsy, Minimalist Abode". Refinery29. Retrieved 2015-11-06. 

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