Kate Valdes, Designer in San Jose, CA, United States
Kate Valdes

Designer in San Jose, CA, United States

Member since March 4, 2020
With 15 years of design industry experience, Kate has produced successful digital experiences for both startups and well-known name brands alike, such as Netflix and BlackLine. This includes projects across industries and platforms. Leveraging her background in user research, Kate is able to bridge the gap between strategy and experience, integrating design thinking into the most complex of workflows.
Kate is now available for hire


Digital Design


  • Senior Product Designer

    2020 - 2021
    Discovery Education
    • Mapped out the learning journey for teachers as they create and deliver videos, lessons, and tests to students.
    • Identified usability issues, leveraging the heuristic evaluation framework to explore problems and opportunities.
    • Delivered design concepts and a full prototype flow for a new assessment platform, Quiz.
    Technologies: Adobe CC, InVision, Sketch, WordPress, Figma, Responsive Web Design (RWD), User Interface (UI), User Experience (UX), Design Leadership, Product Design, Chrome Extensions
  • Senior Product Designer

    2018 - 2019
    • Served as the lead designer on the internal tools team, focusing on title visibility across the entire "pitch to play" workflow. This enabled technology teams to better partner with Hollywood and produce content at scale.
    • Architected the title status platform, which systematized how metadata was captured, searched, maintained, and shared across numerous teams.
    • Reimagined the title visibility solution as a horizontal to span the entire content creation lifecycle, encompassing a 50+ app ecosystem.
    • Led user research that leveraged service design techniques to map out opportunities for users and the business. This included shadow sessions, semi-structured interviews, user journey mapping, and stakeholder mapping.
    • Drove strategy alignment with business leadership to identify opportunities.
    Technologies: Adobe CC, InVision, Sketch, Responsive Web Design (RWD), User Interface (UI), User Experience (UX), Design Leadership, Product Design


  • Bachelor of Science Degree in Graphic Communication
    2000 - 2005
    California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo, CA


  • Advanced Web and Interaction Design
    UCLA Extension



San Jose, CA, United States

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