"An ACCOMPLISHED game designer." -- The San Francisco Chronicle
Hello! I'm Catherine. I'm an award-winning, San Francisco-based designer, entrepreneur, artist, and educator. I design and evangelize accessible, playful systems that make digital, physical, and hybrid spaces more meaningful, collaborative, and joyful.
Currently, I promote these qualities through my roles as Founder and Executive Director of the Come Out & Play Festival for street games in San Francisco, Owner at the data-based wood-inlay map art company Woodcut Maps, and Associate Professor of Interaction Design at California College of the Arts. I also lead immersive experience design workshops and woodworking workshops. Despite all of these commitments, I'm always eager to hop onto interesting projects that would benefit from my expertise in experience design, game design, and/or creative production management.
My professional credentials include 12+ years in creative leadership positions in the video game industry for companies like Electronic Arts, Gamelab, Sifteo, and Zynga; experience design for clients like LEGO, Sesame Workshop, MaMaMedia, and the American Library Association; community programming design for institutions like the Brooklyn Children's Museum and the Boston Children's Museum. I have also run my own real world games at international game festivals in places like New York, Berlin, and Bristol. I hold degrees from Wesleyan University (BA, College of Letters) and Parsons School of Design (MFA, Design + Technology). My MFA thesis is a good read about my process and findings from designing a physical play environment to promote social learning (in childhood, but it's relevant throughout life): "The Projected Playscape: Enabling Traditional Play in a Novel Environment with Computer Vision and Projection Technology").
Currently, I think a lot about intentional and designed experiences that deepen our bonds with our closest loved ones as well as ourselves, stimulate curiosity in young children and adolescents, and ease the effects of dementia on the lives of all those affected, including caretakers.
I spend most of my free time reading speculative fiction, fawning over my cats, exploring, playing, supporting loved ones, practicing yin & inner yoga, and running.