I worked with Kat for a couple of years at SitePoint - they were design lead while I handled a portion of our content production.
I found them easy to work with. They demonstrated a strong design vision and possessed the skills to build it into a functional, attractive product. I've seen their designs rapidly go from a sketch on a post-it to a real product. That sounds like a cliche, untrue design story, but it's not.
They also possess a strong sense of ethics, and the willingness to speak up about them. A willingness to speak up in general, actually! In a "they're very fun to work with" kind of way, not a "why won't they shut up" way.
Kat and I started our careers together in the big, bad world of advertising. Hence, we quickly bonded over avoiding the wrath of slightly unhinged creative directors and surviving on demeaning junior creative salaries. Kat is probably one of the most honest people I have ever met in an industry not exactly known for its moral upstandingness. I knew early on that Kat was destined for greater things than designing banner ads and eDMs (which, mind you, were always beautifully designed). So it’s been no surprise to watch Kat’s career trajectory and to see them absolutely kicking goals in the digital/product world. Kat is super intelligent, passionate, absolutely hilarious, and of course, a talented designer with amazing digital prowess. I miss the banter, the laughs, and the design-nerding-out over the free coffee and cereal that ad agencies feed you to trick you into basically living at the office. In all seriousness, if you ever get the chance to work with Kat, I urge you to do so. I, for one, will be most envious.
I had the pleasure of working with Kat during their time with SitePoint. They have an exceptional understanding of what makes a great design - whenever I needed a graphic from them to accompany our content, Kat went above and beyond to exceed my expectations each time. With a very bright and approachable personality, they are someone I would highly recommend for any workplace. Kat and their creative aesthetic is a force to be reckoned with in the design industry.