Katherine Dillon


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Katherine has been a member of the full time faculty at ITP since 2011 and an Adjunct Professor from 2007 - 2010. Her focus is design and interaction. She teaches Visual Language, a course she developed that is now part of the core curriculum and focuses on graphic literacy. The course aims to develop in students with no experience in graphic design the skills and confidence to communicate their ideas visually. Katherine also teaches User Experience design– a course that introduces the voice of the end user into the design process and Persuasion Design, a course that is based on the premise that through an understanding of human behavior we can design experiences that can affect positive change. Katherine is also member of the thesis faculty and leads 18-22 students through the thesis process each spring.

In addition to her academic responsibilities, Katherine is the consulting Creative Director at L2, Inc. Incubated at NYU Stern, L2 is a digital research firm that assesses the digital competence of consumer brands. Katherine's work at L2 includes communicating the research findings through data visualization, video/animation, interaction design and print.

Katherine started her career at ABC Television where she was the Director of Broadcast Graphics, the founding Creative Director of the ABC Multimedia group and the founding VP/GM of ABCNews.com. Katherine led the Broadcast Graphics Dept at ABC News during its transition to a fully digital production studio and was the creative lead on ABC's early internet initiatives.

From 2000 - 2010 Katherine had her own media agency, Dillon Thompson. The firm designed interactive experiences for a wide range of clients primarily in the media and philanthropic sectors including NY Times, CBS News, CNN, Real Clear Politics, The Ford Foundation and the Aspen Institute.

Katherine has a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Cornell University, a Masters of Architecture degree in Urban Design from Harvard University and was awarded the Harvard University Sheldon Fellowship as a post graduate Research Fellow at Cambridge University. She has won numerous awards for her creative work including two Emmy Awards and a Webby award.

Courses Taught:

Visual Communication
Fun Theory
Comm Lab: Visual Language
User Experience Design
Persuasion Design