KATE WIDDOWS is a designer specializing in lettering, branding, and neon, working with entities large and small. She has designed typefaces for Nike, and neon signs for bars, art shows, and light festivals. Her neon GIFs have been exhibited internationally at design festivals, art galleries, and parties, and have been commissioned by the Huffington Post, the Comic Strips TV show, and Selena Gomez. Kate has also designed several record covers for labels such as Sublime Frequencies, Drag City, and others.
Kate co-produces the Neon Speaks Festival in San Francisco, is a Giphy artist, and member of Working Not Working. She’s given talks about her neon GIFs at Typographics and Neon Speaks. Kate loves to travel, and has lived in New York, New England, Seattle, and Switzerland, and is currently based in Portland, Oregon, where she leads neon walking tours.
Kate is also a visual artist, accordionist, and master apple pie baker.
Kate has current WBE/ESB certification in the state of Oregon.
THE HUFFINGTON POST
DRAG CITY RECORDS
NEON SPEAKS FESTIVAL
HAPPY LUCKY DESIGN
SIR RICHARD BISHOP
SCARLET FOUNDRY TAROT
SCOUT STORY LAB
I'm available to give talks on the subject of custom-lettered neon GIFs. Inquire here.
I was super honored to be invited to speak at Typographics 2017, a design conference at Cooper Union in New York. My talk took place in the TypeLab – the first half covered what led me to making neon GIFs and how I fell in love with neon signs; the second half was a demo on making custom-lettered GIFs, from initial pencil sketch to final animation and output.
I also wrote a blog piece for the conference, which was a bit more nerdy and historical, and includes an abbreviated version of the GIF-making demo.
I led a group of type nerds on a summertime neon walking tour for TypeCon 2018, when the conference came to Portland for its 20th anniversary. Portland has some gorgeous vintage neon, which I love to show locals and travelers alike. It was a fun tour and so I decided to offer it on a regular basis!