Catherine (Katy) Downey
User Experience Designer - Interaction Designer


Hello, I am an interaction designer with experience creating product designs that align with business goals and meet user needs.

I enjoy working with interdisciplinary teams to find simple solutions to difficult design problems. I am passionate about creating meaningful interactions to visualize and understand complex concepts, especially problems with a lot of data.

My background is in computer engineering, design, human computer interaction and animation. This wide range of experience helps me approach and solve problems from many perspectives during the human-centered design process.

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October 2014 - present

Eindhoven University of Technology

UX Designer

The User System Interaction platform at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) is where designers, computer scientists and psychologists work in an intercultural and multidisciplinary studio environment to co-create intuitive, user friendly and meaningful interactions with technology. During this 2-year program I follow a hands-on and user-centered approach to interaction and UX design, completing industry assignments in a fast-paced environment. Here, I solve complex problems keeping client’s business goals, user’s needs, and product requirements in mind. I focus on technological applications to improve everyday life, through the design of software, visualizations, products and services.


September 2006 - August 2014

DreamWorks Animation

Technical Director

During the eight years I spent at DreamWorks Animation I worked on fourteen productions in the competitive, fast-paced work environment. As a technical director I designed and developed new applications and processes for animated feature films, keeping the ease of use and the final look of the film in mind. When the studio adopted a new shading language, I engaged cross-functionally with engineers, technical directors, and artists to leverage new technology, prioritize features, and resolve technical issues. On a recent production I reduced 30% of artist time and 50% of rendering time by designing a new application and simplifying the artist’s workflow.




Education

Computer Science | Graphic Design | User System Interaction

My degree in computer science from UC Berkeley gives me a solid background in technical and problem solving while my studies in graphic design strengthened my visual communication. The Professional Doctorate in Engineering in User System Interaction provides practical training in the field of human-computer interaction, user experience and user interface design. I am currently pursuing a specialization in data science from Johns Hopkins University on Coursera to expand my knowledge of manipulating and visualizing data sets.

Contact Me


Email catherine.c.downey@gmail.com

Phone: +316 42 75 82 48

Location: Eindhoven, The Netherlands & San Francisco, California