About Kitty/CatsAway

I’m Kitty, a senior graphic designer, hands-on art director, project pitcher, and implementer. I enjoy creating cohesive, multimedia communications that resonate with you and your community to strengthen your brand recognition. Digital, Print, Brand, and Illustration.

Light years ago I traveled 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 its infancy and I jumped into the new design arena and created my first website with Adobe GoLive!

Fast-forward with a light years’ worth of honed creative and technical skills and…Voila! I’m an independent designer with a wonderful history of working with a lovely and extensive group of people in a variety of businesses. The education never stops, learning from those I’ve worked with, as well as keeping up with a myriad of evolving tools and platforms…time flies, as they say.​

 

Flynn and Kitty high-five
Augie with baby Flynn

CatsAway is not just for cats!

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

Beyond 8 to 5

Like most creative professionals, creativity emerges in many forms. I’m 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 design, in particular, draws from both my love of visual arts and performing arts, combining video footage with graphics and audio.

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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