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About

Hello. My name is Kathleen Doherty and I help businesses grow. I was born and raised in NYC and live there currently.  My 15+ years of hands-on experience in corporate design for web and print have enabled me to set goals and reach them. My Creative Direction helped win awards for IBM and Empire Blue. What's unique about me is that you will save money hiring a senior creative professional who understands your business and marketing objectives rather than paying for a team of junior people. I specialize in Visual UI/UX design, info architecture, front-end coding, branding, email marketing and multimedia presentations. I'm known for the high quality of my work and my ability to meet deadlines. I always pay close attention to detail.

AWARDS FOR PAST UI DESIGN WORK- PARTIAL LIST

  • CMP Media's Information Week 500 - Cited for Innovative Use of Information Technology
  • World Wide Web Health Award - E-Commerce
  •  Web Marketing Association's Awards - Standard of Excellence  
  • Business Insurance Best of The Web Awards - Best of Show
  • International Association of Webmasters and Designers - Golden Web Award
  • International Web Page Awards - Certificate of Creative Achievement

EDUCATION - PARTIAL LIST

Oxford University, UK - Psychology and Fine Arts (GPA 4.0)

Rensselaer Polytech Institute (RPI), Troy, NY - 3D Animation and Video Production (GPA 4.0)

School of Visual Arts (SVA), NYC - Graphic Design (GPA 4.0)

 I was able to skip a grade of math in grammar school and complete high school math in my third year scoring 95% on the math regents exam for trigonometry.  That allowed me to take pre-calculus in my final year before entering college and studying statistics as a psychology major.  A minor in philosophy led me to logic and critical thinking courses which further helped me to be an excellent problem solver and coder.  I was on the Deans List within my first semester at college. My second major was Departmental Art which was in itself 64 credits (over double than for a standard Fine Art major) and required a portfolio in the third year to qualify. This expanded art major allowed me to study Fine Art, graphic design, video production, web design and 3D animation.  This background gave me the foundation to be able to work right out of school as an illustrator, animator, graphic designer, coder and motion graphics artist.  As a full-stack web designer and multimedia artist I utilize all these skills regularly.  I first learned to hand-code HTML and make a website over 20 years ago. I love problem solving and coding and UI/UX design give me endless opportunities to flex that muscle. 

"I have one secret. You get up early in the morning and you work all day. That's the only secret." - Phillip Glass

I studied graphic design at School of Visual Arts (SVA). In 2014, LinkedIn named SVA #2 in its "best schools for designers" list.  I have been using Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop for over 20 years. 

Founded in 1824, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) is the nation's oldest technological university. RPI ranks among the top 50 national universities in the United States and 16th in the nation for undergraduates. Their facilties where I studied 3D animation and video production were state of the art. The electronic arts program is one of the highest ranked departments at RPI and is ranked 8th in the US. While there, I also participated in FranklinCovey’s leadership development workshops and Interpersonal Skills programs. 

My 3 terms at Oxford University, UK studying Psychology and Fine art taught me how to study independently. As a member of Hertford College at Oxford, I would ride my bike on cobblestone roads to meet my tutors once a week to hand them my written paper on the week's topic which required that I read many books and critically examine scientific experiments to find holes in them in my psychology courses.  The Art teachers (called Tutors there) also met me once a week and required much reading as well as trips to London to art exhibits, doing figure drawing classes and creating works of art in drawing and photography.  You essentially were your own teacher at Oxford and you prove to the Tutor that you have mastered that weeks topic.  This prepared me for a career in web development which requires constant self-training, remote work and research to stay on top of the latest coding languages, software and tools. 

My Travels

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.” - Mark Twain

When I'm not working or playing chess, I do a lot of traveling. There is no greater teacher than direct experience and being out of your comfort zone.  Having traveled to over 115 cities in 15 different countries, I have a broader perspective and advanced communication skills which are important when creating effective business and marketing solutions.  I have worked with people around the world including teams of coders, project managers and executives from China and India on long-term projects both onsite and via telecommute.  I have lived in the Northwest, Southeast and Northeast of the US. Travel abroad locations include: Australia (month-long road-trip along the coast), Ireland, Peru (including Rainforest and Machu Picchu), Dominican Republic, Canada, Russia,  Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Italy, Vatican City, Switzerland, France, Spain (with class as honors Spanish student),  England (3 terms studying abroad at Oxford University) and more.