Dan is a Product Design Leader in Data and Analytics with 20 years of experience. He has worked at companies such as TurboTax, SOASTA, conDati, and—most recently—with me at MindTouch. Working with him has been an honor, and I'm so grateful for his testimonial.
When I received Kate's Adobe XD prototype for MindTouch's search enhancements feature, I immediately realized that I'd just opened up the best XD file I'd ever seen from another designer.
The first thing that stood out was the thought that went into laying the correct groundwork for a project of this complexity. There were 35 artboards covering all of the functionality for this feature, for both desktop and mobile. They were all named logically and were laid out left-to right by the major animation paths. This made it really easy to figure out which sets of artboards mapped to what functional path the user was on.
The next thing that immediately caught my eye was that Kate had set up a 12 column grid system for all of the desktop screens, and a 4 column grid system for mobile. The grids were turned on for every artboard making it obvious how every component was intentionally laid out. I could see the groundwork that had contributed to such a well balanced design. Additionally, the corporate Mindtouch site uses a 12 column grid system, and this added a new level of design consistency between the marketing web site and the product that hadn't existed before Kate began working on the product.
Clicking through the prototype, I noticed that Kate had used some of XD's more advanced features, like auto-animate, timed transitions, and mask animations in order to make the prototype look ultra-realistic in eluding to the desktop and mobile experiences they were trying to convey. I'd never even seen auto-animate, but Kate was gracious enough to teach me how to use that feature, which I've been using ever since. Kate's great at teaching new concepts to people and sharing her knowledge with others in order to make them better designers. That's just one of the many reasons she's so wonderful to work with.
Kate's great at teaching new concepts to people and sharing her knowledge with others in order to make them better designers. That's just one of the many reasons she's so wonderful to work with.
Diving into the design itself, I was impressed with the bold yet familiar ways she'd pushed MindTouch's search experience to the next level. The most obvious element of the design was the introduction of a new e-commerce style filtering component that was added to the left side of the screen. Search is a very complicated field of study and interaction, and many people dedicate their entire career to working in just this one area. Kate had produced the perfect component to account for all of MindTouch search's various filtering and search refinement use cases.
I was blown away by how well thought out the addition of this component was. Placing on the left-hand side of the screen creates a familiar experience akin to e-commerce sites such as Amazon, Target, EBay, and Walmart. She made the bold but appropriate move of increasing the search content area from 1050 to 1440 width, allow for her new e-commerce style filter to fit on the screen while still allowing for maximum content area for the search results. About 95% of the users that would consume this feature come from a desktop computer, so the increase in content area width was called for, and again matched the Mindtouch marketing site for consistency.
Everyone who works with Kate comments on how talented she is, and how great the work that she produces is. She's made me a better designer in the few short months that we've worked on this project together.
Martin is a Content Strategist who doubles as a god-tier wordsmith.
Kate collaborated with me, asked questions, and found just the right way to situate messaging, layout, and design for these web pages.
It's nice to be able to bring draft copy and crude layout recommendations to a designer and count on them to create super clean wireframes both modern and up to spec. Kate collaborated with me, asked questions, and found just the right way to situate messaging, layout, and design for these web pages. Our client—an agency with its own web designers and creative team, mind you—was quite pleased with the result.
Wesley is the creator of Lightrank, and an extremely talented developer.
Kate not only accounted for my personal taste in web design and digital aesthetics but took it ten steps further by helping me vocalize what I wanted.
Kate was able to establish a brand identity and direction for LightRank even when only provided with a few minor details about the product. She not only accounted for my personal taste in web design and digital aesthetics but took it ten steps further by helping me vocalize what I wanted [needed] through prototyped animations, illustrations, and high fidelity mockups.