About Kate


Hello! I’m Kate

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Growing up in the backstages of ballet, I kickstarted my career designing punk posters for underground theatre in Baltimore. I co-started a production company, Painted Stage, with my brother. And got hustlin’ in-house at Towson University’s Design+Pub office. Around this time, Beatnik Baltimore began.

Then I drove west and chased a dream. Earning my stripes at the renowned DDB Chicago agency on new business pitches and national ad campaigns. Staying hip in counter culture freelancing for Second City, Lights Out Theatre and an array of independent filmmakers.

Over the next 10 years… I honed my craft full spectrum from TV to mobile. 5 years at a start-up, building the design department from the ground up while establishing the visual identities – and blog – of a 4 brand house at Nations Photo Lab (Millman Multimedia). Followed by 5 whirlwind years in DC higher ED, leading creative strategy at SEI. I produced a nationally ranked TV commercial “Never Stop Growing”. Then focused fully on UI/UX including the launch of Sophia, and the first personality-based artificial intelligence in EDU named Irving.

Now in 2021, I joined the minority & woman-owned/operated agency Outright, as Director of Design and UX. Emboldening brands, leading focus groups, crafting analysis reports, and designing for digital experiences that captivate users. Thinking boldly. Staying creative first. Helping shape impacts in climate change, civil rights, health, travel (& more) for our incredible catalog of clients.


katebatemandesign@gmail.com


“Kate’s creativity and uniqueness of thought were a blessing to interact with. Her enthusiasm for design is contagious.”

“Kate has a way of spreading energy and genuine positivity. She encourages challenging learning opportunities to grow and stay inspired.”

“Kate always produced top in class results. She is an invaluable asset where ever she goes.”

Skills

Leading powerhouse design teams / UI+UX design / Branding / Website launches + refreshes / Storytelling + storyboarding / Strategic design thinking / Theatre + events / Full funnel creative / Mobile-first design / Competitive analysis / User needs workshops

Featured in:

Adweek, Vibe.com, Chicago Sun Times, Washington Post, AgencySpy, BizWomen & more

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A little name dropping:

Queen Latifah, Devon Kennard, Tamara Lackey

Accolades:

TV campaign “Never Stop Growing” ranked “Most Inspiring Ad” of Q4 2018 by Ace Metric

Created origin story & branding for the first personality-based AI in EDU

Jack Welch Certificate of Leadership

Data-driven results in managing an elite design team

Critically acclaimed theatre posters

Film reviews of “The Circus Animals” and “November”

12 years in the industry launching products, campaigns & one-of-a-kind creative