Idiomatic team member feature: Katie Brown – Product Designer

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Could you please tell us about your background and your current role?

I graduated from Texas A&M University and studied Communication and Psychology. I interned at a small advertising firm and was drawn to the laid back and creative energy of the small team dabbling in everything from video production, graphic design, and copy writing. I’ve always been a naturally creative person, but I’ve become completely immersed in the world of psychology and behind how people think and behave. UX Design combines both creative problem solving and psychology when understanding how people interact with technology and it’s changing constantly.

What do you like most about your job?

I’m a design team of one, which has it’s challenges but it has also given me the opportunity to think outside the box as which methods to use and how to make the biggest impact in the least amount of time. Having a smaller team has allowed us to work quickly and make decisions together from an engineering feasibility perspective and our support team as the voice of the customer. Nothing beats the feeling of successfully shipping a new feature and to have positive feedback from customers.

How do you like to spend time outside of work?

I now live in Bend, Oregon which is an outdoor wonderland. There is a mountain to snowboard 45 minutes from my front door, trails to run, rivers to paddleboard on, and endless adventures. I’m currently training for a half-marathon. To feed my creative bug, I also paint, woodwork, macrame, and work with clay. The world feels quieter when I get to create. Even as a kid, I had a big book of crafts and picked a new one to make each day. 

As a Product Designer, what’s an average work day like for you?

We’re in an exciting season where I am working on 4 projects at once! I spend the majority of my time in Figma completing final mock-ups, writing design specifications, building onto our design library, and ideating on the next project with the team. Many of my team members are in Europe right now so it’s imperative I leave clear and precise design notes for the team when we have to work asynchronously. 

What’s your favorite Idiomatic feature and why?

Our Report Builder has been my largest design project at Idiomatic with countless detailed interactions to capture and document. I truly enjoyed designing this feature from ground zero. Our goal was to increase our efficiency internally but also give power back to our customers to design and schedule custom reports to fit their needs. It was hard to draw the line on where to stop and release the first version, but we are excited to continue iterating and expanding the capabilities of Report Builder.

From your perspective, how does Idiomatic solve our customers’ challenges?

Idiomatic helps our customers make a decision on what issues to focus on. It brings light to issues that may not be on their radar and soon we will have a calculated impact of those issues. We are able to digest, label, and display your data so you can focus on the insights and taking those next steps.