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Hi! I’m Catt Small.

People are at the center of everything I do. I design user experiences that millions of people use every day. I also make games, write, teach, speak publicly, and work to make the world a better place by organizing events across the tech and games industries.

years

That’s how long I’ve been programming and designing. I grew up on the internet and began to code websites and games at the young age of 10.

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I am a product design expert.

Every day, I collaborate with product managers, user researchers, engineers, product marketing managers, and other designers. I create beautifully usable experiences by testing divergent ideas as quickly as possible.

Most recent design work

  • Etsy Payments

    Created in May 2017

    Etsy created a new payments service in order to make their purchase experience more trustworthy, seamless, and secure. I worked with a nimble team to make the announcement and user experience successful.

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I am a game developer.

Since 2011, I have made video games in my spare time. My games have been shown in spaces around the world including IndieCade in Los Angeles, Fantastic Arcade in Austin, and the V&A Museum in London.

Most recent game

  • SweetXheart

    Created in January 2019

    SweetXheart is a slice-of-life game about microagressions, race, and gender.

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Writing makes my thoughts permanent.

When I release something new, you can hear about it first by subscribing to my newsletter and RSS feed or following me on Twitter. I always post here before Medium.

Recent blog posts

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Tools for self-improvement

Over my many years in design and technology, I have created a variety of free and low-cost tutorials, printable worksheets, and more.

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Upcoming talks

  • Like a phoenix: becoming a more resilient designer

    FITC Amsterdam 2020 – February 24–25, 2020

    A digital product designer's story of failure, self-empowerment, and redemption. Over the span of two years, Catt Small experienced the highs and lows of product development—all on the same team. She will share ways to improve your persuasion skills, create a better working relationship with your peers, conduct more holistic research, and ultimately create and release a better product.

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Support my work

I love writing and sharing tips, but it's time-intensive and takes a lot of effort. This kind of labor is not cheap.

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Want to talk?

Got feedback, looking to suggest a future writing topic, or want to invite me to speak at your organization? Send me a message and I'll get back to you as soon as possible!

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