Kate Rutter is a designer, design educator and entrepreneur who advises startups, coaches teams and leads product design workshops that help companies deliver more user-centered designs. She co-hosts the NSFW podcast What Is Wrong With UX with Laura Klein, and speaks internationally on topics of UX & design entrepreneurship, rapid innovation and visual communication techniques.
Over her past 20+ years building digital products, she's helped hundreds of entrepreneurs, designers and UX teams bring customer empathy and collaborative design practices to their work. Kate pioneered the UX learning track at the educational program Tradecraft, Co-founded online learning company Luxr.co, and was Senior Practitioner at Adaptive Path, a pioneering UX consultancy..
Kate’s visual work includes illustrations for Build Better Products (Laura Klein, Rosenfeld Media, 2016) and The Startup Equation: A Visual Guidebook to Building Your Startup (by Steve Fisher and Ja-Nae Duane, McGraw-Hill Education, 2016); she founded the Sketchnotes-SF meetup group and co-organizes the East Bay Sketchers group.
Kate finds inspiration in a wide variety of subjects: Semiotics, paper arts, slime mold, code, urban design, bio-mimicry, creative cultures, fire, and other dangerous things. She is an active community leader and a frequent speaker at conferences and events all over the world.
BFA, Studio Art, Wellesley College