I've worked with

Chayn • ethn.io • Harvard Business Review • Harvard Business School Publishing • Intuit • Meals on Wheels SF • MINI USA • Obama for America • Open Seattle • Project H Design • REI • The New York Times  • VMware • Walmart Labs

Hello! I'm a User Experience Designer bringing meaningful solutions to life for humans.

I build experiences and products that solve real problems for people and champion the end user. Bringing a blend of entrepreneurial, collaborative, right- and left-brained approaches to problem solving, I enjoy what I do. My mobile and web work spans diverse sectors including civic data, e-commerce, financial software, education, publishing, food, automobile, retail, and non-profit. 

I'm currently a product designer at Socrata. Previously, I've worked on the REI e-commerce website, the REI in-store employee mobile POS system, and Intuit's 5-star iOS paycheck app Snap Payroll. I have a deep expertise and background in qualitative user research that I incorporate into my holistic design process, and am an alum of Bolt Peters, the late leading firm in remote user research. Prior to my design career, I was a qualitative researcher in nonprofit fundraising at San Francisco Opera. A retired semi-professional oboist, I studied Music Performance and Culture & Social Anthropology at Stanford University. Excited about designing for good, I co-founded TinyGOOD and worked with Project H Design, both volunteer design collectives in San Francisco. In my spare time, I enjoy hand lettering, discovering the outdoors, photography, cooking, and exploring cities.

I've shared my work at

World IA Day Seattle 2017IA Summit 2017 • Giant UX 2016 • UXPA 2016 • IA Summit 2016 • Seattle IA & User Experience Meetup • XX+UX Seattle • Future Stores conference

Expertise

User-centered Design • User Research • Design for Emotion • Rapid Iteration • Product Strategy  Agile • Lean UX

I'm adept at articulating, making sense of, and designing for complex systems. I collaborate closely with teams through an end-to-end process, from discovery through design to development.

Toolbox

  • pen + paper
  • Sketch
  • InVision
  • Axure RP
  • Adobe Creative Suite
  • Omnigraffle
  • Optimal Workshop
  • Keynote

Interests

  • 1st time use and end-to-end experiences
  • multi-device ecosystems (web + mobile + physical spaces)
  • service design
  • small, experimental teams
  • responsive web
  • designing for social impact
  • voice + tone
  • product strategy
 

What team members say

Catherine is awesome! First and foremost, I want to share that it has been a pleasure working with her. She’s an incredibly talented designer. When she joined the MSA team, she immediately changed the team dynamics in a positive way with her good attitude and passion. One aspect of Catherine that comes to mind as being especially impressive, is her ability to quickly understand who our customers are, and her desire to advocate for them. Additionally, she has been such a strong advocate for our team and supportive of our fellow store employees.
Working with Catherine is very enjoyable; our design sessions are very efficient and she is on top of her game. Our discussions are open, honest and frank, she wants to understand “how things work” in order to make the best use of it.
Catherine is an absolutely awesome research partner and teammate! She has built great relationships with everyone on the team, and is a willing and open-minded collaborator. She is always excited to jump right in and jam on ideas and research opportunities — she actively shares the many insights that her work uncovers to help the team iterate and improve.