Inclusion by Design

Speaking and Media



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

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

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Cooper Hewitt: Access + Ability Exhibit

Selected as a featured artist and a key speaker at Designing Accessible Cities, a day-long conversation on design and disability in New York City. Coverage of the event in The New York Times and Fast Company.  

Fast Company: Meeting of the Most Creative Minds

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 for conference attendees. 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 Tea Leaves' "Color in Sight" panel, alongside Pantone and Herman Miller, to discuss accessible color choices in digital products.

Design & Content Conference

I gave the closing keynote at this premier event for  creatives in technology. This 2017 event featured one of the industry's most expertly curated diversity of speakers in tech. View the full presentation at this link.


Featured Awards and Media

Stories on Medium


MIT Press, author of upcoming book on design and inclusion (coming 2018)

Fast Company Innovation by Design Awards, 2018 jury member

Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, featured artist, Access + Ability exhibit and Designing Accessible Cities Symposium with coverage in The New York Times and Fast Company.

Renewal Conference, a event, co-host with John Maeda (April 2018)


Named one of Fast Company's Most Creative People in Business, design category

Inclusion by Design workshop, Fast Company's "FC/LA: A Meeting of the Most Creative Minds

High Resolution, featured interview, "Design Masters" series and highlighted on TechCrunch

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, 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)

"Philosophy of Design", Next at Microsoft Podcast (web and SoundCloud)

"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

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

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"

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

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


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

South by South Lawn, selected attendee, White House Festival of Ideas, Art, and Action, 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"


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"


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