Kat Holmes

About Kat Holmes

Kat Holmes, named one of Fast Company’s “Most Creative People in Business” in 2017, is founder of mismatch.design, a firm dedicated to inclusive design resources and education. At Microsoft from 2010 to 2017, she led that company’s executive program for inclusive product innovation. Her award-winning toolkit was inducted into the Smithsonian Institution’s Cooper Hewitt Design Museum. In 2018, Holmes joined Google as a Director of UX Design. Currently, she is the SVP Product Design and UX at Salesforce and continues to advance inclusive development for some of the most influential technologies in the world. She is the author of Mismatch: How Inclusion Shapes Design.


A woman wearing all black is in mid-stride on the GeekWire Summit stage. There is a logo backdrop and also a large projection screen to the left of the woman in the background.
Watch the Power Talk from Kat Holmes at the 2018 GeekWire Summit.

Press & Events


BBC World Service Digital Planet (interview starts at 8:15)

#MOVETHEDIAL Global Summit 2019 keynote

Design Museum Magazine: Inclusion Applied Creatively

University of Washington Communications Leadership Inclusive Design Master Class

Design Singapore: 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Kat Holmes and Burning Questions

Fortune Brainstorm Design (article and video): For Designers, Inclusion Can Be a Source of Innovation.

99U: To Be Successful, Ask ‘Whose Voice is Missing?’

Seattle Business Magazine: Google Executive Kat Holmes Is Driven to Ensure Technology Works for Everyone

Women in Business and Technology Podcast: Designing alongside excluded communities with Mismatch.design Founder Kat Holmes

Fast Company: 9 Books Designers Should Read in 2019 (Jan. 2019)


800-CEO-Read 2018 Business Book Awards Short List (Dec. 2018)

Marketplace: 3 innovations that started out as inclusive design solutions (Nov. 2018)

InVision Blog: Inclusion is Designing the Future (Nov. 2018)

IIDA Perspective Magazine: In Touch (Fall/Winter 2018)

The Economist: Better By Design (Nov. 2018)

Quartz: There’s already a blueprint for a more accessible internet. If only designers would learn it. (Nov. 2018)

CEOWORLD Magazine: How Inclusion Fuels Business (Nov. 2018)

Gray Magazine: The Future of Inclusive Design (Nov. 2018)

Fast Company: The No. 1 thing you’re getting wrong about inclusive design (Oct. 2018)

Medium: User Friendly | How Bad Design Perpetuates Harmful Stereotypes (Oct. 2018)

Town Hall Seattle podcast (Oct. 2018)

KUOW: The Record with Bill Radke (Oct. 2018)

GeekWire Summit: Google UX design director Kat Holmes talks ‘mismatched interactions’ and inclusive design at GeekWire Summit (Oct. 2018)

Gartner Talent Angle Podcast with Scott Engler: Fueling Innovation Through Inclusive Design with Kat Holmes (Oct. 2018)

GeekWire – Working Geek: Inclusive-design UX whiz Kat Holmes has tips for serving a broader audience (Sept. 2018)

MIT Press and MIT Media Lab’s Journal of Design and Science essay contest winner Myth and the Making of AI (July 2018)

POSSIBLE, Recognizing Exclusion Is the Key to Inclusive Design: In conversation with Kat Holmes (July 2018)

SYPartners Designing for Humanity podcast: Time for tech to get inclusive (June 2018)

What You’re Getting Wrong About Inclusive Design, Fast Company interview (April 2018)

John Maeda & Kat Holmes on Designing for Inclusiveness, Creative Mornings and WordPress interview

Fast Company Innovation by Design Awards, 2018 jury member

User Experiences for All: How Kat Holmes Transforms Businesses with Inclusive Design, Adobe Blog

Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, featured artist, Access + Ability exhibit and Designing Accessible Cities Symposium (27:00) with coverage in The New York Times and Fast Company.

Renewal Conference, a design.co event, co-host with John Maeda (April 2018)


Named one of Fast Company’s Most Creative People in Business, design category

Inclusion by Design workshop, Fast Company’s “FC/LA: A Meeting of the Most Creative Minds” 

High Resolution, featured interview, “Design Masters” series and highlighted on TechCrunch

IxDA Interaction Awards, “Empowering” Best in Category and “Connecting” Finalist for Inclusive toolkit

Featured in John Maeda’s 2017 Design in Tech report

World Changing Ideas, Fast Company, finalist for Inclusive toolkit

“A Human-Led Approach to Tackling Society’s Challenges”, O’Reilly Design podcast


“Who Gets to Play”, contributing author, design.blog at Automattic (web)

“Microsoft’s Radical Bet on a New Type of Design Thinking”, interview with Fast Company (web and print) 


“Humanizing Technology”, interview with Communication Arts Interactive Annual 2015 (web and print)


“Captivated by Her: A Design + Marketing Love Story”, Yale Consumer Insights (web)

“Philosophy of Design”, Next at Microsoft Podcast (web and SoundCloud)

“Meet four people helping to design the future of Microsoft”, Microsoft Stories (web)