ABOUT.


Image credit: Nicholas Peter for Kiriko

I make piles of work about the things that we BUY (and want) and the emotions attached to our STUFF. I also happily think and draw for good people and companies. I have been making work about consumption since 2002, teaching since 2004 and drawing until my hand cramps since 2006 (ouch).

Along with being an educator and illustrator, I organize events, installations, workshops and I probably talk a bit too much. 

My first book, Obsessive Consumption: What Did You Buy Today?  was published by Princeton Architectural Press in 2010. Since then, I have collaborated with them to produce two more titles about documentation and consumption in 2012 and 2014. 

My design clients include Chipotle, Hallmark, IDEO, VH1, Girl Scouts of America, Madewell and the Gap as well as locally loved institutions like the Museum of Contemporary Craft, Reading Frenzy and Know Your City. I am also actively involved in the organization of Design Week Portland.

For me, teaching and making go hand in hand. Without one, the other wouldn’t exist.

In 2013, I was the recipient of the 2013 College of the Arts Kamelia Massih Outstanding Faculty Prize as well as a TEDXPortland Speaker. I am the faculty advisor for the PSU.GD student design group Friends of Graphic Design (FoGD) and the in-house student design studio  A+D Projects. I also coordinate the weekly Show & Tell Lecture Series. Tenure was just granted to me (a few weeks ago, actually) and I am now an Associate Professor of Graphic Design at Portland State University. HUZZAH!

M.F.A. University of Nebraska, 2004
B.A. College of the Ozarks, 2000

Kate is a part of Studio 254 with Clifton BurtWill BryantTina Snow LeJason Sturgill and Alex Despain

Got a project? Maybe we can collaborate. Contact me.

Past projects have included the following services (with a smile!): handdrawn type, editorial illustration, animation, packaging, book illustration, surface design, installation, curation, information design, strategy, brand development, High Fives and LOLS.

Starting in 2002, she photographed everything she purchased (finished in 2004). In 2004, she started drawing all of her credit card statements until they were paid off (finished in 2010). In 2006, she started drawing something she purchased everyday (still drawing!). She also is drawing your passwords, mix tapes, stolen goods and yard sale signs. Watch out. Ongoing photo projects include documenting sad, discarded thrift store crafts and Portland free boxes. She will also take a picture of the back of your head if you sit in front of her on the bus.

Selected Client List: 
Chipotle, Car2Go, Bedsider, Typhoon, Chipotle, Google, IDEO, ASA Salt Hallmark, Poketo, Etsy, New York Times, Creative Mornings, Museum of Modern Art, Tattly, Vh1, Girl Scouts of America, Knock Knock, Gap, Madewell, Municipal Winemakers, Real Simple, Target, Expedia, Microsoft, Photojojo, Readymade Magazine, Princeton Architectural Press, Sasquatch Books, Webby Awards, Fred Flare, Nature's Path, Newsweek, Pinball Publishing, Wilamette Week, Hour Detroit, The Morning News and Ginza Magazine.

Selected Interviews & Talks:
I have been super fortunate to have been featured in multiple media outlets both online and off. Some of my favorite interviews, talks and podcasts are highlighted below. 

Communication ArtsBuy OlympiaHerman MillerThe Great Discontent, TEDxPortland, Print Magazine, Knock KnockCreative MorningsDesign Matters, Virb Showcase, Handmade Nation & Museum of Contemporary CraftWork.PlaceNew York Times and others!