Though 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 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 as Art Director at KGTV at the height of the news industry 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 attracts well-known clients such as TurboTax, the American Cancer Society, AARP, QuickBooks Online and the University of California.

Many years later, Kate’s still blending her spirited design and professional expertise with a wide range of clients, large and small. She and her team creates brand identity, website design, print collateral and large scale graphics for built environments. And just like when she started across the globe in Thailand, she’s still passionate about all things designed. Only now, she gets to work with terrific clients to create delightful visual solutions.