Kate Durr
Business • Education • Entertainment

Resume

Kate Durr with purple hair in business suit poses in front of 'The Great Wave off Kanagawa'

Product Designer -- Innovative, Multidisciplined
Tel: 740.972.0699
Email: katedbee@gmail.com

A driven & motivated multifunctional designer with experience producing cohesive final products from the ground up by creating interfaces, workflows, products, & brand assets that break molds. I thrive in collaborative, sincere, & passionate creative teams.


Education

Bachelor of Fine Arts - Video Game Production & Design
Sanford-Brown College Online - Tampa, FL

Summa Cum Laude
3.92 GPA


Skills

  • Graphic design (7+ years) - business cards, letterheads, multi-format prints, digital design, email campaigns
  • Website design (7+ years) - UX design, wireframing, UI design, layout design, front end development (HTML, CSS)
  • Brand creation & implementation (6+ years) - style guides, color palette, typography, logos, taglines, web presence, signage
  • Print & digital advertisement design (6+ years) - billboards, brochures, magazines, banners
  • Agile methodologies (3+ years) - scrum, Kanban
  • Website management (6+ years) - SEO, analytics, privacy & accessibility, CMS, DNS

  • Vector & pixel art (7+ years) - illustrations, iconography, photo outlining
  • 2D & 3D animation (3+ years) - iconography, infographics, pixel art
  • 3D modeling (4+ years) - character, environment, technical CAD, rigging, texture mapping
  • Creative & technical copywriting (9+ years) - blogs, web content, printed publications, instructional content, scientific studies
  • Photography & videography (3+ years) - product, model, candid, landscape, studio
  • Photo manipulation & editing (7+ years) - masking, filters, touch-ups, realistic, surreal


Software

  • Adobe Creative Cloud (7+ years) - Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, Acrobat, Animate, After Effects, Dreamweaver
  • Affinity Creative Suite (3+ years) - Designer, Photo, Publisher
  • Collaboration software (4+ years) - InVision, Zeplin, Whimsical, Figma, Jira, Confluence, Miro, Dropbox, Skype, Slack, Upwork
  • Web design & management (7+ years) - Adobe Experience Manager, Wordpress, Squarespace, Wix, Jekyll, GitHub, Netlify
  • Front-end development (3+ years) - CMS, HTML, CSS, Javascript, Bootstrap
  • Operating systems (10+ years) - Windows, Mac, Ubuntu

  • Social media management (7+ years) - Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Google My Business
  • 3D modeling software (4+ years) - Maya, Mudbox, Meshmixer, Blender
  • Microsoft Office Suite (10+ years) - Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Teams, OneDrive
  • Google apps (6+ years) - Drive, Calendar, Chat, Docs, Sheets, Slides, Forms
  • 3D printing (2+ years) - Formlabs, SprintRay, EnvisionTEC
  • Photo & video cameras (4+ years) - Sony A7RIII, Nikon 7100


Experience

Product Designer
Skills: Product Design, Web Design, UX/UI Design, Graphic Design, Brand Design, Animation
Magenta Technologies, LLC. - Fort Mill, SC - Remote

Jul 2022 - Jan 2023

  • Solved problems in line with business goals, and explored innovative design approaches while working with cross-functional product teams to plan and build iteratively
  • Created detailed wireframes for both desktop and mobile platforms and turned those wireframes into high fidelity design concepts using Figma and the Adobe Creative Cloud
  • Helped drive user experience strategy by collaborating in and leading user-centered exercises like user testing, co-creation, empathy mapping, and journey mapping
  • Contributed to and refined multiple brand design systems
  • Collaborated with engineering teams to understand technical restrictions, content team to create designs that clearly communicated ideas, and business leaders to innovate based on data and findings
  • Championed consumer-first experiences, advocating on behalf of users based on real-world feedback I gathered from my user testing interviews and further research
  • Presented and shared work with cross-functional teams while clearly communicating design rationale and their importance to end users

Freelance Design Consultant
Skills: Brand Design, Web Design, Product Design, Graphic Design, UX/UI Design, Animation
Selection of clients listed below

Apr 2015 - Present

  • Work with various design programs to complete design assignments based on client requests and requirements to fit their time and budget
  • Manage client correspondence (sometimes using Google Translate as interpreter) and independent business requirements
  • Set up and maintain appointments with clients to maintain quality service and support resolution
  • Complete a wide range of design tasks including logo design, branding, print and digital advertising, social media management, website design and management, and 2-D animation

Brand Designer - Hybrid - 7 Sages Yoga, LLC. - New Albany, OH

  • Designed whole brand including company logo, color palette, tagline, business and appointment cards, and marketing materials for multi-purpose print and digital use using Adobe CC
  • Collaborated with owner directly to design and optimize website layout for easy, independent self-authoring
  • Designed, wrote copy for, and managed responsive Wordpress site, training owner on Elementor CMS to make changes to their site independently as needed
  • Edited, uploaded, and implemented client-provided photography for multiple breakpoints on the website

Web & Product Designer - Liberty Cleaners - Powell, OH

  • Repaired and optimized company logo and updated business fonts and color palette for a more cohesive presentation to customers
  • Collaborated with owner and photographer to gather, edit, and publish photos for web and marketing use
  • Designed, launched, and wrote copy for responsive Squarespace site and social media profiles including Facebook and Google My Business
  • Created, printed, and distributed business cards, hanger cards, and drive-thru signage

Product Designer - Remote - Imprimis Networks, LLC. - Houston, TX

  • Worked directly with CEO entirely remotely to restore and revise company logo using Adobe CS6. Optimized website design and layout to better represent brand
  • Set up email server, encryption, and security settings between Wordpress, HostGator, and Google
  • Implemented CSS and HTML to fix formatting and functionality issues on client’s responsive Wordpress site. Provided in-depth changelogs on a weekly basis
  • Established and tested remote desktop service for B2C customer support

Pixel-Art Animator - Remote - Stern Pinball, Inc. - Chicago, IL

  • Illustrated a total of 55 pixel-art panels for 5 separate gameplay scenarios at 12 fps using Adobe Photoshop CS6 and Cosmigo Pro Motion 6.5
  • Met strict palette restrictions conforming to a retro-style, 16-bit LED marquee display
  • Collaborated closely with Stern Pinball, Inc. animators to produce art that followed Sony Pictures and Marvel Comics brand guidelines
  • Completed work entirely remotely, maintaining effective communication with Stern Pinball staff

Director of Marketing & Product Design
Skills: Web Management, Web Design, Product Design, Graphic Design, UX/UI Design, Brand Design
Infinite Smiles, Inc. - Powell, OH - Hybrid

Jan 2019 - Jul 2022

  • Led complete rebrand including new logo, brand guidelines, color palette, typography, client intake paperwork, marketing materials, letterheads, and business and appointment cards
  • Designed and published 16-page dental catalog - #1 conversion source reaching 240,000 households
  • Designed and managed 63-page Wordpress website and optimized for better user experience, SEO, speed, and multi-device performance - #2 conversion source
  • Managed Google Ads, Facebook Campaigns, and Waze ads - #3 conversion source
  • Created marketing content including digital and print brochures, social media posts, and blog content
  • Improved online presence through SEO, social media presence, and online and print marketing campaigns - #30 average position nationally through organic Google search
  • Coordinated and participated as assistant photographer for client and model photo and video shoots
  • Designed and managed client email campaigns and business social media profiles (Google, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube)

Product Manager
Skills: UX/UI Design, Graphic Design, Web Design, Copywriting, Photography Management
Cardinal Health, Inc. - Columbus, OH - On-Location

Aug 2016 - Dec 2018

  • Replaced team of 14 designers and worked as the single, lead designer on a team of 58 people for a multi-million dollar B2B ecommerce website redesign project
  • Established user personas and user journey maps and recorded and updated user experience and design functionality requirements in a 635-page document
  • Wireframed, designed, published, and updated 48 major webpage mockups (515 total use states) for CMS authoring through AEM. Updated from workflows as old as 1999
  • Used Adobe CC, InVision, Zeplin, Jira, and Confluence as part of an Agile scrum workflow
  • Established and distributed standard and 360-degree photography processes for over 100,000 medical products
  • Designed and implemented targeted and segmented promotional content using Adobe Photoshop and AEM
  • Created and maintained 15-page product descriptions style guide, 19-page product photography style guide, and 13-page digital project style guide
  • Presented to and educated entire team on the proper use of OneDrive, product taxonomy, Photoshop and site mockups, Zeplin, template webpage design, and AEM authoring
  • Presented development-ready designs weekly in large, cross-functional team meetings containing 10+ individuals
  • Proctored Quality Assurance and User Acceptance Testing with end-users, stakeholders, marketing, and development
  • Collaborated with on-shore and off-shore development teams, business units, and business managers to ensure requirements were met and functional across applications
  • Worked with developers to write and implement front-end code as necessary to produce results based on wireframes

Brand Design Consultant
Skills: UX/UI Design, Graphic Design, Web Design, Copywriting, Brand Design
Upwork Global, Inc. - San Francisco, CA - Remote

Nov 2015 - Nov 2016

  • Worked one-on-one, entirely remotely, with business owners across 4 countries in ecommerce, IT, and medical fields to create personalized, professional branding from the ground up while following 1 to 8 week delivery timelines
  • Simultaneously managed an average of 6 clients with personalized correspondences, expectations, and budgets
  • Designed and optimized branding and promotional materials, websites, and design documents using Adobe CS6 and packaged deliverables in digital and print formats
  • Communicated effectively with clients speaking Hindi, Swedish, and Chinese using Google Translate as interpreter and accommodated schedules in 7 different time zones


Awards

Essential to Care award
Cardinal Health, Inc.

Jun 2017

Top-Rated and Featured Freelancer
Upwork Global, Inc.

Nov 2016

President's List Member
Sanford-Brown College Online

Aug 2013



Keywords

Curious • Dedicated • Fast-learner • Genuine • Hard-working • Independent • Introverted • Kind • LGBTQ+ • Multifaceted • Observant • Passionate • Resourceful • Tech-savvy