Hi! I'm Katherine ūüĎč

I’m a Bay Area Product/UX Designer and a recent graduate from the York/Sheridan Program in Design (YSDN). Born in Brisbane, Australia and raised in Toronto, Canada, I grew up in a family of 6 who shared a love for travel. I was the family pianist for over a decade before following my ambition to create human-centred designs.

As a designer ¬†ūüíĽ
I value an empathetic mind that analyzes the perspective of the business, the developers, and the users. I believe that the collaboration of each aspect pushes the boundaries of my creativity and creates opportunities to find innovative solutions.

Outside of work ¬†ūüć≥
I'm an adventurer with a love for water crafts (find me with locals in a Vietnamese floating market), a strength-training fitness newbie, and a foodie for brunch meals. Most of all, I enjoy learning about other people's passions and am always excited to delve into new topics (most recently, stock trading).

Follow my journey on LinkedIn or see what I'm writing on Medium.

Experience

User Experience Designer
  • Hikaya Consultancy
    (Apr 2020 - Present)
  • Collaborated with the scrum team in designing journey maps, wireframes, and prototypes to visualize locations of active landmines in an interactive map.
  • Re-branded over 200 UI screens in the first 2 months which was approved by stakeholders.
  • Created task scenarios to co-lead usability testing and identify user pain points. Users were able to see over a decade of their work visualized on a map for the first time.
Product Designer
  • York University
    (Oct 2019 - Oct 2020)
  • Collaborated with the Chair of the Department of Design at York University to design virtual resources for a department of students.
  • Designed a program map for the York/Sheridan Design Course Handbook.
  • Self-directed a project to build interactive mockups of a tech information site to assist York/Sheridan¬†Design students.
UX/UI Design Intern
  • Computer Systems Int
    (Oct 2018 - Mar 2019)
  • Re-designed the company website and created marketing material for a global cloud service provider.
  • Self-directed a project to design a sitemap and build¬†wireframes for a minimum viable product of their Android app proposal.

Education

Bachelor of Design Specialized Honours degree
  • York University & Sheridan College
    (Fall 2017 - Spring 2021)
  • Completed an honours bachelor degree with a study on interactive design, product design, UI/UX¬†design, design research, information design, business and design, typography, and motion design.
  • Led design thesis on B2B communication and created Tandem, a desktop and IOS app to help small businesses increase consumer diversity by contracting third-party marketing agencies.
  • Co-lead the user research, design, and usability testing for Bump, an IOS app that empowers human reconnection.

Skills & Tools