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“Anyone at any company will leave a changed person after experiencing Kat Holmes’ workshop on inclusive design. Her style eases you into an understanding of the principles that guide inclusivity and how even a slight shift in perspective can be the ripple that tips your practice, your product, your business into untapped markets. Now that I see the world through the lens of inclusive design, my creativity has kicked into a new gear — and it’s a thrilling place to be.”

An excerpt from my interview with High Resolution's "Masters of Design" series. Watch the full episode here.

An excerpt from my keynote at the 2017 O'Reilly Design Conference.

Keynote at Yale Consumer Insights on the future of human-computer interaction, and an unlikely partnership between AI design and the movie Her.

Cooper Hewitt: Access + Ability 

Selected as a featured artist and a keynote speaker at Designing Accessible Cities, a day-long conversation on design and disability in New York City.   

Fast Company

After being named one of Fast Company's Most Creative People in Business for 2017, I was invited to lead an "Inclusive by Design" workshop at the Meeting of the Most Creative Minds conference. Photo credit: Ely Philips, Ignition Creative

South by Southwest

I was invited to lead an interactive workshop on "Building Empathy for Innovation" for over 200 attendees. Was also a featured speaker on the "Color in Sight" panel, alongside Pantone and Herman Miller, to discuss accessible color choices in digital products.

 
 

Speaker and Contributor

2018

Nike, internal, speaker, "Digital Innovation and Inclusion"

Volkswagen Group, internal, speaker, "Inclusion by Design"

Power of Play, keynote speaker, National Inclusion Project

Design & Content Conference, keynote speaker (June 2018)

2017

Facebook, internal, keynote speaker at CommaCon, "Design for Seven Billion. Design for One."

Spotify, internal, keynote speaker, "Inclusion by Design"

Pinterest, internal, speaker, "Inclusion by Design"

Mattel, internal, keynote speaker, "Inclusion by Design"

Automattic, internal, keynote speaker, "Inclusion by Design"

Twitter, internal, speaker, "Design for 7 Billion. Design for One."

South by Southwest, workshop and speaker, "Empathy Building for Innovation"

South by Southwest, speaker, "Color in Sight"

Pacific Rim International Conference on Disability and Diversity, workshop and speaker

Design & Content Conference, keynote, "Design for Seven Billion. Design for One."

O'Reilly Design Conference, keynote speaker

BSA | The Software Alliance and Software.org, speaker, "Inclusion by Design"

American Institute of Architects +  Seattle CfDA, exhibit curator, "Open to All"

2016

Fortune's Most Powerful Women, selected attendee, Next Gen Summit

The White House, South by South Lawn, selected attendee, Obama Administration

design.co, host, Inclusive Design workshop with John Maeda

Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers, speaker, Designers in Tech Series, "Introduction to Inclusive Design"

Girls Who Code, workshop, Washington D.C. summer intensive cohort, "Inclusive Design"

Toyota Research Institute, selected attendee, Tech + Policy Leadership Salon

Microsoft Australian Partner Conference, keynote, interview, "Design for 7 Billion, Design for One"

University of Technology Sydney Hatchery, panelist, "What I Didn't Learn in Design School" series

Sydney Design Festival, keynote, "Design for 7 Billion, Design for One"

2015

Pixar, internal, University Lecture Series, speaker, "Introduction to Inclusive Design"

Walt Disney Imagineering, Orlando Conference, keynote speaker, "Through the Looking Glass"

RISD/Brown University, Inclusive Design Workshop, "Aiming for Optimal Inclusivity"