About Katie

Hello, my name is Katie Cann and I'm a
User Experience Designer
I grew up in the Pacific Northwest, running around in overall shorts and spending my summers reading, doodling, and boating. My college studies focused on photography, visual arts, and writing. Following college, I worked a variety of roles within the photography industry for eight years. Five of those years I spent running my own wedding and portrait photography business.
 
In 2015 it was time for something new, so I went back to school, earning a web development certificate from Seattle University. Since leaving SU, I’ve been working for a small Seattle web agency, where I have progressively taken on more roles including Q.A. and Junior Web Designer. I have recently completed a User Experience Certificate from the School of Visual Concepts and look forward to moving towards a role in UX.
 
My ultimate goal is to help build products that foster human connection, are usable, enjoyable, and communicate clearly. For me the excitement of our new digital environment isn’t about the technology itself, it’s about better serving the people on the other side of that technology.
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Quick Facts

01.

Education.
Never Stop Learning.

User Experience Certificate
School of Visual Concepts – 2018

Web Development Certificate
Seattle University – 2015

Bachelor of Arts Degree
The Evergreen State College – 2007

02.

Photography.
A Personal History.

I was first drawn to photography as a teen visiting Italy with my parents. Then began using the darkroom in high school and stayed there all through college. I worked in camera store/photo lab for over two years selling gear and working as a Black & White darkroom technician. After that I ran my own portrait and wedding photography business for nearly 6 years. I will always have a passion for making photos.

Photo Portfolio

03.

Bucket List.
Top Personal To Do's.

Adopt a dog
Visit Germany & Ireland
Learn to brew my own beer
Uncover the secrets in my family tree
Work on an app for photographers

Skills
Web

Tools: HTML & CSS, GitHub, Bootstrap
Platforms: Magento, WordPress, MojoPortal, Squarespace

Utilizing HTML and CSS to create responsive websites. Versioned site release via FTP. Monitoring site health using technical audit tools and manual testing. Familiar with Agile methods and working within a loosely Agile Kanban environment.

User Research & Testing

Tools: OptimalSort, Google Forms, Google Analytics, Nielson’s Heuristics

User research methods of conducting user testing studies, contextual interviews, card sorting, heuristic evaluation, and competitor analysis. Analyzing user engagement and behaviors via analytics tools and usability tests.

Design & Prototyping

Tools: Sketch, InVision, Axure, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Lightroom

From initial notebook sketches to wireframes to interactive prototypes. View product design through the lens of usability and accessibility. With a background in photography and fine art, I have spacial awareness and a skilled eye for modern visual design.

Core Strengths

Naturally friendly, empathetic, and collaborative. Strong writing and editing skills. Attention to detail. Sense of humor. Quick learner. Focussed on providing excellent client service. Driven to continually learn and grow.

Katie is a talented photographer, designer and web developer who has a special talent for UI/UX design and analysis as well as other user-focused development approaches. Katie has always been a responsible, and timely student, carrying out her work on schedule and with a high level of quality. I am continually impressed by her ability to produce polished work, even under tight deadlines. I am happy to have worked with Katie, and I would welcome her on any development team.

Shawn Rider - Seattle University

- Shawn Rider

Director of Web, Applications, and Technology Studies at Seattle University

Contact

Please drop me a line to tell me about your project or just say hello!