Katie Briggs

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There are lots of aspects of design that I enjoy – and after more than a decade of professional experience, I can do many of them well. But these are the three disciplines in which I excel (and they happen to be the ones I like best):

  • Human-Centered Practices & Strategic Innovation
    Creating problem-solving environments and frameworks rooted in equity, collaboration and creativity. Pushing teams and organizations toward their strategic goals by leading them to empathize, co-create and iterate with the people they create things for.

  • Product Design & Strategy
    Creating elegant and useful end-to-end digital experiences. Distilling complex interactions into clear, understandable design solutions that are delightful for the people who use them.

  • Audience Research
    Planning, conducting, and analyzing qualitative research studies to deliver clear recommendations and defensible design solutions. Communicating findings and advising on best practices for research.


I’m currently a lead product designer at NPR. I lead design, research and UX strategy for mobile apps and other products powered by the NPR One continuous listening algorithm. I am also one of NPR’s expert design thinking practitioners – I often facilitate or consult on strategic initiatives across the organization and the greater public media network.

Previously, I was at KPCC (Southern California Public Radio), where I led design and worked to further innovation and promote inclusivity in public media.

I also oversaw branding and UX as creative director for Jean Franklin, an ethical and sustainable clothing line.

My other former design experience includes Houston Public Media, 42, Double TripleOne Percent Productions, the University of Nebraska Press, the Daily Nebraskan, the Bourbon Theatre and numerous freelance assignments. I’ve also worked as an adjunct instructor at Southeast Community College, teaching color theory and corporate identity. I received my Bachelor of Journalism from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

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