Katherine Gabel

4754 North Ashland Ave. Unit 1, Chicago, IL 60640 312.806.9008 katherine.gabel01@gmail.com

Objective
To secure a full-time position working with an empathic team of people who apply design thinking and user research to create digital solutions and strategies.

Experience
SapientNitro, Chicago, Illinois Contract Strategist, August 2010 - October 2010 Part of a cross-functional team that spent seven weeks developing a mobile strategy for an auto company. Work included: secondary research of mobile trends, competitive analysis of the mobile landscape, conducting and synthesizing stakeholder interviews, development of success criteria and strategic roadmap. Fuzzy Math, LLC, Chicago, Illinois Interaction Design Intern, June 2009 - May 2010 Completed process flows and wireframes for a healthcare web application. Helped develop internal projects using innovative methods and technology. Contributed to start-up marketing and company branding (presentation materials, website, blog) for this young company. Center for Economic Progress, Chicago, Illinois Marketing & Design Intern, May - June 2009 Extended existing marketing tools and designs to include a postcard and flash project advertising their national tax conference. Participated in weekly marketing meetings to develop long-term marketing strategies. Design Research Conference 2009, Chicago, Illinois Co-chair, November 2008 - October 2009 Responsible for planning, organizing and executing an industry-leading forum for design researchers across the country. Brought together over 300 attendees for a sold-out conference. Recruited and liaised with high-profile speakers (including Richard Saul Wurman, founder of the TED conference, Kim Goodwin of Cooper, and Ryan Armbruster, founder of the SPARC Innovation Program at Mayo Clinic). IIT Institute of Design, Chicago, Illinois Design Research Intern, June - August 2008 New Options Initiative Project: conducted primary and secondary research on small businesses and youth. Analyzed data and created frameworks to synthesize research insights. Formulated concepts and developed an early-stage prototype to connect struggling youth with businesses. The project was funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Mayer Helminiak Architects, LLC, Mequon, Wisconsin Architectural Intern, June - August 2006 & June - August 2007 Designed marketing booklet and display boards for firm’s projects. Completed CAD drafting for additions and renovations, including detailing elevations and drawing new and existing floor plans. Updated client database. Corrected and completed clerical work, proposals, and building specifications.

Education
IIT Institute of Design, Chicago, Illinois Master of Design, May 2010 Course work focused on user research and information design, including human factors, visualization methods, early concept development, and prototyping. University of Illinois, Champaign, Illinois Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies May 2007 Tongji University, Shanghai, China Architecture Study Abroad - June 2006

Technical skills
Adobe Creative Suite, Microsoft Visio, AutoCAD 2002-2006, Microsoft Office

Activities
New Idiom, IIT Institute of Design - 2008 Co-editor for the school’s student newsletter. Enhanced article topics and encouraged new contributors. Strategy Conference 2008, IIT Institute of Design Designed collateral for conference, including programs, signage, nametags, postcards and buttons. 826 Chicago - 2008 A non-profit writing and tutoring center. Tutored children (ages 6-18) twice a month in mathematical, reading and writing skills. Alpha Rho Chi - 2004 - present National professional and social fraternity for architecture and the allied arts. Held executive board positions, including president. Led chapter in the increase of membership and professional activities. Ballet - 1989 - present Performed in Milwaukee Ballet’s The Nutcracker for six years. Performed in a variety of performances around the Milwaukee area with two dance companies: Ballet Wisconsin and Danceworks.

Projects
Asthma Care Management Project, 2010 In collaboration with Mayo Clinic, looking into the use of technology for remote monitoring and management of chronic diseases. Specifically focusing on young asthma patients during transitional life stages, the goal is to propose innovative opportunities for new models of healthcare support that will lead towards self-care. Online user research platforms, 2010 Exploring online platforms that allow user researchers to gather data anywhere, anytime. Learning what those platforms are, when and how to use them and how to communicate the findings. From online journaling and posting of photos, to online focus groups, users share their stories and researchers gather rich real time data. Communicating research, 2009 Analyzed research findings and developed three distinct projects visually and spatially communicating the findings over one semester: a fresh from the field display, an end of project exhibit, and a datapersistence piece.

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