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.

 


Selected Clients

NIKE

THE HUFFINGTON POST 

SELENA GOMEZ

DRAG CITY RECORDS

SUBLIME FREQUENCIES 

NEON SPEAKS FESTIVAL

BEGIN LABS 



QUEEN SHMOOQUAN

HAPPY LUCKY DESIGN

SIR RICHARD BISHOP

POLER

YETI MAGAZINE

PECK PROPERTIES

HIVE FX


DUWAMISH REVEALED

ABDUCTION RECORDS

VAYA CREATIVE

SCARLET FOUNDRY TAROT

TERESA LAUGHLIN

SCOUT STORY LAB

GESTALT GRAPHICS


Speaking Engagements

I'm available to give talks on the subject of neon, lettering, animated GIFs, and more. Inquire here.

Neon Speaks 2018

I co-produced the  Neon Speaks Festival & Symposium in 2018 & 2019 with my neon buddies, San Francisco Neon.  In 2018 I gave a talk on typography and my process for neon GIF making...

Neon Speaks 2019

...and in 2019 about what I learned trying to save a large neon sign. 

Typographics 2017

I was invited to speak at Typographics 2017 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.

 


Walking Tours

Electric Letterland

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!

Go here to find out when the next tour is, and sign up for the Electric Letterland newsletter

I also created a Neon Map + Poster of Portland which you can buy here

 


Education

I teach a pretty darn awesome Skillshare class called Electric Letterland: Building Animated Neon Lettering for Blogs & WebsitesJoin me and learn to make neon GIFs

 


Blog

My French neon GIF project, Neon Franco-Type, is on tumblr, and has been featured on Tumblr Radar several times.

 


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