Kat Windley, Designer in Santa Barbara, CA, United States
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Kat Windley

Verified Expert  in Design

UX/UI Designer

Santa Barbara, CA, United States
Toptal Member Since
October 22, 2015

Kat has over 14 years of experience as a product designer. She's worked at a wide range of companies from Condé Nast, where she redesigned GQ.com, Glamour, and Vogue, to co-founding her own start-up. Kat uses a variety of tools to make working prototypes and works well with teams of all sizes as a strong communicator. Her work includes a wide range of projects, from admin tools to online publishing and eCommerce.


Work Experience

Freelance UX Designer

2016 - PRESENT
  • Designed and built a new homepage for sharesies.nz with the goal to increase sign-ups for users new to the stock market.
  • Led UX design for Amber, a fashion loyalty app for Middle East-based customers.
  • Designed a UX app and website for a startup breaking into the US travel equipment rental market.
Technologies: HTML, CSS, InVision, Sketch

Co-founder, Design Director

2014 - 2016
  • Designed a tool that web designers and developers can use to work on front-end code for live websites.
  • Created wireframes and the UX of the dashboard, where users can create and manage projects.
  • Designed the UI for the IDE, where the user can manage files, write and edit code, and commit their work.
  • Worked on the UX/UI design of the marketing site to introduce the product and get users to sign up.
Technologies: Sketch

Senior UX Designer (Freelance)

2015 - 2015
AKQA San Francisco
  • Created concepts and designed a new fit guide for the Levi's and Dockers websites to improve discoverability of styles and increase sales.
  • Developed the wireframes and UX for a one-click checkout system on Levi's website.
  • Designed the UX and key templates for the eCommerce site, including the Category, Subcategory, and Product pages.
  • Built HTML/CSS prototypes.
  • Worked individually and led many client meetings.
Technologies: CodePen, HTML, CSS, Sketch, InVision

Lead Designer

2011 - 2014
Condé Nast UK
  • Hired and managed a team of four other designers, from junior to senior levels, and mentored them in processes.
  • Headed the design and branding of most editorial sites under the Condé Nast UK brand, including vogue.co.uk, gqmagazine.co.uk, glamourmagazine.co.uk, wired.co.uk, cntraveller.com, and houseandgarden.co.uk.
  • Designed and branded magazine apps for Glamour and Vogue.
  • Led the design team in creating an article and gallery framework for all the titles.
  • Redesigned vogue.co.uk in 2012, which was one of the first fully responsive magazine websites and a finalist for the Webby Awards.
  • Liaised directly with top editors.
  • Served as the creative director for all of the design work and aided the design team in creating their designs with CSS.
Technologies: CSS, HTML, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop

Senior Designer

2009 - 2011
Condé Nast UK
  • Redesigned GQ.com in 2009.
  • Redesigned Glamour in 2010.
Technologies: Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop

Senior Designer (Freelance)

2008 - 2009
Fullsix, London
  • Worked as the senior designer for Waitrose.com, a website for online grocery shopping and delivery.
Technologies: Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop

Senior Designer

2007 - 2008
Uber Digital, London
  • Redesigned the Leeds University website.
  • Worked on the Divine Chocolate website.
Technologies: Adobe Photoshop

Senior Designer

2006 - 2007
Applied Works, London
  • Worked on a full redesign of all the global product websites for AstraZeneca.
  • Redesigned the AstraZeneca intranet and created CSS/HTML templates to handover.
  • Represented the company at client meetings with AstraZeneca in Sweden.
Technologies: HTML, CSS, Adobe Photoshop


2003 - 2006
Shift LTD, New Zealand
  • Designed and built the front-end for a listings database.
  • Assisted in creative concept development, business analysis, and project costing.
  • Worked with key clients like Enterprise Northland, Gold Coast Tourism, and the NZ Ministry for Culture and Heritage.
  • Worked on Teara.govt.nz, which won "Best Award for Interactive Media and Web Design" in 2005.
Technologies: HTML, CSS, Adobe Dreamweaver, Adobe Photoshop
2000 - 2003

Bachelor's Degree in Computer Graphic Design

Wanganui School of Design - New Zealand

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