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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.


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

  • Asana Goals

    Created in July 2020

    Over six months, I coordinated efforts across myself, five product and engineering squads, several other Senior+ Product Designers, and two Brand Designers to design and launch a new product area.

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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

  • Should you become a design manager?

    Posted on October 07, 2021

    Management is a great option if you want to invest in people but isn’t the only path to continued growth.

  • 10 questions about going to grad school, answered

    Posted on May 24, 2021

    Several prospective grad school students have reached out to me over the years for advice. Here are answers from our digital conversations along with some extra questions I compiled from other prior exchanges about grad school (and, more specifically, NYU’s IDM program).

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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

I don't have any upcoming speaking engagements. If you're interested in having me speak, get in touch!

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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