A Little about Me

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:



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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 reporting and developing interactive stories for the Oakland Tribune Newspaper and then 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 attended design classes at the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design.


  • Field research
  • Stakeholder & User research
  • User journeys & Storyboards
  • Site maps & Wireframes
  • Usibility testing & reporting
  • Multi-platform User Interface Design
  • 10 years shooting & editing video
  • 5 years reporting for newspapers
  • Proficient FCP, Photoshop & Illustrator
  • Working knowledge of HTML & CSS
  • Proposal planning, research & writing
  • Known to make a mean pizza pie