About Kitty/CatsAway

A multi-disciplined designer with digital, print, brand and illustration expertise—I create cohesive multimedia communications that resonate with your community and strengthen your brand recognition.

Flynn and Kitty high-five

Twenty years ago I ventured out on my own as CatsAway Graphic Design. Prior, I had eight years of in-depth prepress and printing experience traveling across the United States and Canada demonstrating and training the new desktop publishing PostScript® environment on the Apple Macintosh. The World Wide Web was in it’s infancy and I jumped into the new design arena and created my first web site with Adobe GoLive!

Primarily a creative, my early professional experience provided an unexpected wealth of technical opportunities. Honed creative skills and acquired tech skills gave me the tools and confidence to become an independent designer. WHOOSH!! Twenty years later…freelancing, continual education, and a myriad of evolving tools and platforms…time flies, as they say.

CatsAway is not just for cats!

Although my business name is a nod to, “When the cats away, the mouse will play”, I’m a pet parent of both cats and dogs alike. Animals are a big part of my life and our current fur babies are Augie (dog) and Flynn (cat), adopted brothers and best pals.

Augie with baby Flynn

In the spirit of a “creative”, beyond eight to five I am also active in the performing arts. From musical theater, to front-woman, to commercial talent, I perform on stage and in front of the camera. Animation and motion graphics, in particular, draws from both my visual arts and performing arts experience combining video footage with graphics and audio.

Kitty singing No Time At All

Augie dog
Flynn close up

Education

  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Minnesota – Inter College Program: Graphic Design (College of Human Ecology) and Marketing (Carlson School of Management)

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

  • Springboard UX Design – Professional Education.
  • Interaction Design Foundation – Professional Education.
  • Lynda.com – Ongoing software and industry related online training
  • ed2go.com – WordPress web design, HTML5, CSS3, Responsive Web Design, Bootstrap, jQuery Mobile
  • Easel Solutions | St. Paul, MN – Web design, HTML, CSS

Software Proficiency

  • Adobe CC: InDesign, PhotoShop, Illustrator, Bridge, After Effects, Premiere Rush, Acrobat
  • WordPress, HTML, CSS, Dreamweaver, Sketch, InVision, Adobe Xd, Axure
  • Microsoft Office: Word, Excel, PowerPoint
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