Hello, I'm Catherine -- I'M A MULTIDISCIPLINARY UX DESIGNER THAT IS PASSIONATE ABOUT EXPLORING HOW TECHNOLOGY, HUMANS, AND OUR ENVIRONMENT ALL INTERACT.
My interests in technology, design, and social psychology are what shaped and evolved my education and professional career. I went to Northwestern University for undergraduate studies where I got a degree in Biological Sciences, with a minor in Psychology. After working for a few years in research labs and clinical settings, I got an additional degree in Computer Science at the University of Maryland in order to further pursue my interests in designing emerging technologies. While I was there, I got involved with accessibility research and became fascinated with the field of Human-Computer Interaction since it was a perfect crossroads of my multi-disciplinary interests.
From there, I delved into the world of interaction design as a student in the Master of HCI & Design program at the UW, where I worked to build up a foundation in design thinking, as well as to hone my skills in prototyping in order to create new or better technologies and interactive experiences. I am currently part of a team at Microsoft that is responsible for designing useful, usable, and well thought out user experiences for cloud enterprise management software.
I like to people-watch and get excited over things such as storytelling, logic puzzles, and beautiful, emotionally resonant design. Some topics in HCI that interest me include (but are not limited to): data visualization, social experiences online, the future of education, gamification, and augmented reality.
I gravitate towards designs that harbor both simplicity and an element of delight.