Speaking and Media
“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.”
— Hsiao-Ching Chou, Senior Communications Manager, Amazon Web Services
MIT Press, author of upcoming book on design and inclusion (coming 2018)
Fast Company Innovation by Design Awards, 2018 jury member
Named one of Fast Company's Most Creative People in Business, design category
IxDA Interaction Awards, "Empowering" Best in Category and "Connecting" Finalist for Inclusive toolkit
Featured in John Maeda's 2017 Design in Tech report
World Changing Ideas, Fast Company, finalist for Inclusive toolkit
"A Human-Led Approach to Tackling Society's Challenges", O'Reilly Design podcast
"Who Gets to Play", contributing author, design.blog at Automattic (web)
"Microsoft's Radical Bet on a New Type of Design Thinking", interview with Fast Company (web and print)
"Humanizing Technology", interview with Communication Arts Interactive Annual 2015 (web and print)
"Captivated by Her: A Design + Marketing Love Story", Yale Consumer Insights (web)
"Meet four people helping to design the future of Microsoft", Microsoft Stories (web)
Speaker and Contributor
Nike, internal, speaker, "Digital Innovation and Inclusion"
Design & Content Conference, keynote speaker (June 2018)
Power of Play, keynote speaker (March 2018)
Facebook, internal, keynote speaker at CommaCon, "Design for Seven Billion. Design for One."
Mattel, internal, keynote speaker, "Inclusion by Design"
Pacific Rim International Conference on Disability and Diversity, workshop and speaker
Pinterest, internal, speaker, "Inclusion by Design"
Spotify, internal, keynote speaker, "Inclusion by Design"
O'Reilly Design Conference, keynote speaker
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"
Fortune's Most Powerful Women, selected attendee, Next Gen Summit
South by South Lawn, selected attendee, White House Festival of Ideas, Art, and Action
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
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"
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"