Kate BioThough an American girl through and through, Kate McCarthy was lucky enough to be born in Thailand. She had the opportunity to spend sixteen amazing years living and traveling in Southeast Asia. Immersed in these vibrant cultures, Kate’s convinced her design sensibilities were forever shaped by the vivid images of that part of the world.

California seemed like the next best thing to tropical lands, so she attended California College of the Arts, a top art institute in the Bay Area. Armed with a BFA, Kate landed her first real job at Colossal Pictures in San Francisco, where she worked as an animator on national accounts, including The Gap and Boise Cascade.

Moving on to Austin, Kate fell in love with the big skies, big legends and big hair of Texas. She worked as a senior animator for an animation studio and then became Art Director at KXAN-TV. She thrived on the hectic multimedia mix of broadcasting, so it was only natural for her next career move to be KGTV, the ABC affiliate in San Diego.

Working in the creative services/marketing department at KGTV as Art Director earned Kate multiple national and international awards for print, broadcast and set design. She loved the challenges of her work at the station, but after 10 years, she decided it was time for a really big change!

So in 1998, she created Studio M, a boutique design studio that ultimately attracted well-known clients such as TurboTax, the American Cancer Society, AARP, QuickBooks Online and Time-Life.

Many years later, Kate’s still blending her spirited design and professional expertise with a wide range of clients, large and small.

She produces a variety of projects, including brand identity, website design, video, print collateral and more. And just like when she started across the globe in Thailand, she’s still having a terrific time. Only now, she gets to work with great clients to create smart design solutions.