About Me

I am a multi-disciplinary, holistic thinker and skilled design practitioner. I’ve worked in the trenches at agencies, start-ups, and in-house teams. I’ve built and lead design practices in organizations both large and small. I am a designer, artist, writer, and nerd. I have a qualitative heart and a quantitative brain. I love observing people, listening to people, and figuring out how to help them.

My goal is to create compelling, beautiful products and services based upon empathy and user insights.

I have a deep understanding of technology and the web. I taught myself to hand-code HTML in the mid-1990s. I was one of the first users of Blogger in the year 2000. While a Computer Science student at Stanford, I was also Lawrence Lessig's webmaster and created his weblog. For my college internship, I worked on a failed web browser at AOL/Netscape; the same team would later go on to create Firefox. I met my husband in Austin at the SXSW conference in 2004. We also once purchased a still-sealed Apple //c off of eBay and, yes, unboxed it on the Internet.

Besides having a passion for user experience and product design, I also love the theatre, cocktails, dining out, photography, architecture, and live music.

I have a bot created for me by my good friend Buzz Anderson; you can find it at @kathryn_ebooks on Twitter. It's usually more entertaining than I am.