I arrived at user experience research by way of journalism and documentary film. I use my skills as an award winning reporter and storyteller to uncover insights and recommendations that help inform and inspire the design process. My approach is qualitative, but more often than not complimented with quantitative methodologies. More
In 2011, I was awarded a John S. Knight Fellowship at Stanford University where I studied psychology and design. Today, my heart beats a little faster for any projects involving: community building, public spaces, ubiquitous computing and/or catered lunches.
When I'm not working, I like to spend time exploring the universe with my two best pals:
Each year, the John S. Knight Fellowship offers a small group of journalists from around the world the resources to pursue and test their ideas for improving the quality of news and information reaching the public.
KON*FAB is a mobile app and digital newsstand that lets strangers share news in real-time and real-places.
Newton, born and raised in Vancouver, Canada, graduated from San Francisco State University in 2000 with a bachelor’s degree in Cinema, an emphasis in documentary film. After graduation, Katy spent five years working in San Francisco’s documentary film and commercial industry.
In 2005, Katy began her design career, developing interactive stories for newspapers, most recently for the Los Angeles Times. Her work has been the recipient of several awards, including a 2010 Emmy nomination, two consecutive Webby Awards, Overseas Press Club Award, Scripps Howard National Journalism Award, Sigma Delta Chi Award, ONA Knight Foundation Award for Public Service.
In 2011, Katy was awarded a John S. Knight Fellowship at Stanford University. During her year at Stanford she studied psychology and design at the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design. Post fellowship, Katy’s project Kon*Fab, a social newsreader mobile application was award the Knight Foundation’s Prototype Grant. A beta version of Kon*Fab is set to launch in fall 2013.