Daydreamer turned designer.


Katherine (Kat) is a product designer who is passionate about designing ethical, accessible, and inclusive solutions that leverage tech to positively impact others. When she's not wireframing or prototyping, she's writing and coding. She is also the creator of the <Design Ethically> project, which explores how product teams can implement ethical practices in their day-to-day process.

She is currently in Austin, TX at IBM Design on the Security team, building apps for IBM Security Connect, a comprehensive, cloud platform that serves as a unified and customized immune system for enterprises. She also collaborates with IBM’s AI Design team to pilot <Design Ethically> methodology with product teams at IBM. Previously, she was in Washington, D.C., designing products for the US Air Force via IBM iX.

While she was a student at Duke University, she majored in design and received grants from the Kenan Institute for Ethics to conduct ethics research in Santo Domingo and Dublin. Her research in Santo Domingo focused on the effects of codified racism; her research in Dublin was centered around refugees and migrants.

Her hobbies include: developing <Design Ethically>, creating podcast art, crafting photo essays, teaching kids design thinking, volunteering with Front Steps and Everytown, collecting secondhand books, mentoring underrepresented designers of color, tickling the ivories, and traveling without Google Maps.



Reading Gödel, Escher, Bach by Douglas Hofstadter

Learning how to shoot 35mm film

Listening to Yuna and J.I.D.



Ethics…for Tech Folks?: Kenan Institute for Ethics, October 15, 2019

Humane by Design: Jon Yoblanski, March 18, 2019

Pop Culture, AI, and Ethics: Forbes, February 24, 2019

An Interview with Kat Zhou: Marvel, February 5, 2019

Resources for Ethical Design: Dan Brown, November 21, 2018


Duke MBA Design & Innovation: November 6, 2019 at Fuqua School of Business

Kenan Institute for Ethics: October 14, 2019 at Duke University

Design for Social Innovation Guest Lecturer: October 9, 2019 at School of Visual Arts

WebExpo 2019: September 20, 2019 in Prague, CZ

Hexagon UX: June 22, 2019 in Houston, TX

Layers: June 3-5, 2019 in San Jose, CA

Mind the Gaps 2019: May 21, 2019 in Malmö, SE

Intentional Networking in Tech Panel: April 24, 2019 in Austin, TX

SXSW 2019: March 12, 2019 in Austin, TX

Texas ABSA @ IBM: March 8, 2019 in Austin, TX

ATX Speculative Futures: February 27, 2019 in Austin, TX

Decolonize Austin 2019: January 20, 2019 in Austin, TX

UXPA DC World Usability Day: November 8, 2018 in Washington, D.C.

IBM Craft Con: August 16, 2018 in Austin, TX

IBM Design Studio: April 12, 2018 in Washington, D.C.

UXCamp DC: January 13, 2018 in Washington, D.C.

Ideate: April 15, 2017 at Duke University


Fun Facts

Was an extra on House of Cards Season 6, Episode 3

Performed piano in NYC's Carnegie Hall

Addicted to hot sauce