Kate Widdows is a lettering artist, designer, illustrator and neon GIF maker. She has designed typefaces for Nike, neon GIFs for the Huffington Post and Selena Gomez, and record covers for Drag City and Sublime Frequencies.
Kate is a Giphy featured artist, a member of Working Not Working, and assistant producer of the Neon Speaks Festival. She gave a talk at Typographics 2017, for whom she also wrote a blog post.
An adept photographer and illustrator, Kate is also a visual artist in abstract watercolor, calligraphic experiments and neon, and plays the accordion.
She’s lived in New York, New England, Seattle and Geneva, and is currently based in Portland, Oregon.
Kate has current WBE/ESB certification in the state of Oregon.
NIKE • THE HUFFINGTON POST • SELENA GOMEZ • DRAG CITY RECORDS • SUBLIME FREQUENCIES • NEON SPEAKS • 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
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!