Kate Christian

software & web design | based in Chicago, IL

design / html / css

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I'm Kate, a software designer & front-end dev for a literacy nonprofit called Innovations for Learning in Evanston, IL. We serve over 6,000 students every year, as our programs help struggling early-readers improve, both at home and in the classroom. Intuitive design is especially important to me considering that our clients can't quite read... yet. Because we are a small team of four, I spend a lot of time having to think on my feet and work outside of my wheelhouse.

I do all the html & css styling and much of the front end JavaScript for my designs after enrolling in Northwestern University's Full Stack Flex Coding Bootcamp; I also have a B.Arch in Architecture from the University of Miami in Coral Gables.

I have been in the field of web design since 2012, with experience in eCommerce, B2B marketing, and print design. After almost five years in New York City, I've moved to Evanston where I live with my boyfriend John, our cat named Khan and our new puppy named Laika. I enjoy lifting weights, running, playing video games, and drinking wine & craft beer. I also play the F horn, piano, and sing.


Skills

Web Design / UI / UX
HTML / HAML
CSS (SASS)
Wireframing
CMS
SCRUM
Photoshop
Illustrator
InDesign
Premiere Pro
Digital Marketing Design
Email Marketing Design
Lightroom

Experience

Innovations for Learning

Software Designer

Evanston, IL · November, 2015 – Present

User Experience: Designs literacy apps for early readers for responsive browser and native apps

Front-end Web Development: Implements designs with HTML (and HAML), CSS (SCSS) and JS(React)

Fitmoo

Digital Content Strategist / UX Designer

New York, NY · November, 2014 – November, 2015

User Experience: Mobile App design for iOS, Android & Desktop Web (fitmoo.com)

Project Management: worked closely with tech leads as liaison between design & developers

Graphic Design: Web Banners for desktop, mobile assets for the app, assets for digital marketing, investor deck

Canon U.S.A.

Marketing Specialist, Assoc.

Melville, NY · September 2013 – November 2014

Project Management: Launched & owned content of B2B Web Portal for Canon imagePROGRAF printers, tripling traffic, content downloads & users from previous site

Web Design: Created wireframes for relaunch of usa.canon.com & coordinated design changes to the B2B Web Portal & PosterArtist site

Graphic Design – Print & web ads for retailers e.g. B&H & OfficeMax; tradeshow booth graphics

Kraus U.S.A., Inc

Web Designer / eCommerce

Web Designer / eCommerce · May 2012 – September 2013

Project Management: Webmaster of expressDecor.com

Web Design: Produced creative graphic content for site redesign & promotional ads for print & web

Graphic Design: Designed presentations for partnerships with major retailers, e.g. Home Depot & Sam’s Club

Education

University of Miami

Bachelor of Architecture

Coral Gables, FL · August 2007 – August 2011

Design program included intensive focus on visual design, precedent, and wireframe/schematic design based on behavioral data.

Exceptional presentation skills developed after giving delivering over 25 presentations to jurists & submitting work to two design competitions.

Skills developed include: graphic design of final presentation layouts using Illustrator & InDesign, retouching computer renderings in Photoshop and writing of succinct concept statements.

Video animation class developed skills in Adobe Premiere Pro and familiarity with After Effects.

Northwestern University

Fullstack Flex Coding Bootcamp

Evanston, IL · May 2018 – November 2018

HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript, jQuery, Bootstrap, Express.js, React.js, Node.js, Database Theory, Bookshelf.js, MongoDB, MySQL, and Python