Kat McGrath

Visual Designer
Boston, Massachusetts
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Hey there, I’m Kat! I’m an interdisciplinary designer and researcher working across publications, identities, games, and digital products, with an emphasis on typography, visual research, and collaborative approaches across disciplines. I enjoy designing work that seeks to activate community and encourages curiosity. My ongoing research interests engage with visual communication’s influence on the inextricable relationship between popular culture and political communication. I hold a MA in Visual Communication from the Royal College of Art in London, and am a BFA graduate of the Studio for Interrelated Media (SIM) at Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Over the past two years I’ve worked on publishing projects including the The Studio Show at the RCA, and the digital platform Many People are Typing. I’ve lectured at Otis College of Art and Design (Los Angeles), SNAP Inc. (Los Angeles), and Common Vision UK (London). I’ve collaborated on projects with Migrants in Culture and Instincts RCA (London). And, occasionally I wrote for Content-Free (content-free.net). In short, I really enjoy collaborative projects centered around education and engagement!

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Work Experience
goodgood
Feb 2018-June 2018
Boston
Graphic Designer
Lindsay Hill Design
July 2017-June 2018
Boston
Interaction & Digital Media Designer Designer
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University
Royal College of Art, London MA Visual Communication, 2018-2020
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I have experience with, and really enjoy the following: Writing (awarded Distinction for MA Dissertation) Publication Design UI / UX Collaboration Community Engagement Design Education Workshop Facilitation Curation
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Tell us why you're the best applicant in under 50 words

After finishing my MA I feel as though I've finally found my voice, and am ready to find where that voice is needed. And I like to learn by doing.

Give us your bio in under 500 words

Hey there, I’m Kat! I’m an interdisciplinary designer and researcher working across publications, identities, games, and digital products, with an emphasis on typography, visual research, and collaborative approaches across disciplines. I enjoy designing work that seeks to activate community and encourages curiosity. My ongoing research interests engage with visual communication’s influence on the inextricable relationship between popular culture and political communication. I hold a MA in Visual Communication from the Royal College of Art in London, and am a BFA graduate of the Studio for Interrelated Media (SIM) at Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Over the past two years I’ve worked on publishing projects including the The Studio Show at the RCA, and the digital platform Many People are Typing. I’ve lectured at Otis College of Art and Design (Los Angeles), SNAP Inc. (Los Angeles), and Common Vision UK (London). I’ve collaborated on projects with Migrants in Culture and Instincts RCA (London). And, occasionally I wrote for Content-Free (content-free.net). In short, I really enjoy collaborative projects centered around education and engagement!

1. What's the most courageous thing you've ever done?

I could say moving to the UK to continue studying visual communication, but I really think getting up and applying for opportunities such as this one require courage. I have always found it difficult to share my work, as I'm sure most other creatives do as well. It's a very intimate and vulnerable experience. Nevertheless, I try to find the courage to keep sharing my work, to know that it is valuable to someone, somewhere.

2. How are creativity and innovation related?

Creativity is the ability to take existing ingredients and recipes, and develop new methods of cooking to create sustenance. Innovation is the ability to sustain said sustenance.

3. Why do companies need clarity and creativity?

Information and objectivity are precarious. Creativity is needed to translate, while clarity is needed for democratization.

4. You have 30 minutes of free time. What do you do with it?

Meditate. But more realistically, probably nothing considered "productive". It's 2020 and sustaining energy is perhaps the most important thing anyone can do. Does the term "productive rest" exist?

5. What is one risky and bold goal in life you have? Or, if you could dedicate your life to solving one problem, what would it be?

I would really love to someday open a studio that focuses a transdisciplinary design practice (as opposed to multidisciplinary or interdisciplinary) in the name of equality. Transdisciplinarity is crucial to an equitable world, and deserves to be recognized as a valid practice. I really believe that visual communication flourishes when it harnesses a variety of interrelated disciplines, such as education, curation, and theory. I would love to teach someday, in a continued effort to explore these relationships.

6. Explain your creative process

It is always collaborative. Research Exchange (talk) (repeat steps 1 and 2 at least 2-3 times) Sketch Design Refine Publish Repeat entire process, if necessary.

7. What is the best advice that you have been given?

To never compromise myself for another. I think this resonates in a practical sense -- in other words, have confidence in what you're making and why you're making it. Your work may not be of interest to everyone, but it will be to the right people and that's what matters.

8. What is your definition of creativity?

I stand by my response from earlier :-) Creativity is the ability to take existing ingredients and recipes, and develop new methods of cooking to create sustenance. Creativity is a mode of critical thinking.

9. What 10 songs are on your favorite playlist right now?

Gypsy - Fleetwood Mac Oblivion - Grimes Reasons - Saint Saviour It's Happening Again - Agnes Obel Ellipses - Andrew Bird Trimmed and Burning - Andrew Bird 9 to 5 - Dolly Parton Curls - Bibio Retrograde - James Blake A Change is Gonna Come - Sam Cooke

10. How do you want people to remember you?

Helpful, and that there was some sort of equitable exchange (no matter the nature of the connection).

Passport is valid for next 12 months

Yes

Which country issued your passport?

United States

Have you been convicted of a crime and/or a felony? If so, what was the offense? State the city, country, and date.

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