Katie Wilson

Lead Design Researcher * she/her

Katie Wilson

Katie is a researcher and writer who likes to zoom in and out from the human scale to the systems-view. She is a practitioner of human-centered design research, incorporating mixed methods from social science, UX design, and participatory action research. Before working in public interest tech, she wrote about and researched housing justice and gentrification policy in the Bay Area. She likes to work on problems concerning the equity and justice of the structures that shape our lives. Katie holds a bachelor’s degree in Comparative American Studies from Oberlin College. Outside of work, she volunteers for the Parole Preparation Project and loves to tackle any kind of elaborate cooking or crafting project.

katie's recent work

superbloom asterisk

Superbloom's User Experience Toolbox for Risk Mitigation and Accessibility

Over the last six months, we’ve been updating our Usable Security Audit Methodology to better reflect our current practices, the advances in our fields of interest, and accessibility as a core principle. Through an inventory of our tools and practices, surveying the field to find similar work we admire, and workshops with close collaborators and community members, we revamped our approach, which we’re now calling our User Experience Toolbox for Risk Mitigation and Accessibility.
superbloom asterisk

User Experience Toolbox for Risk Mitigation and Accessibility

Outlines Superbloom's approach to evaluating and mitigating risks in software projects through practices focused on accessibility, usability, and security. It provides a framework of tools and guidelines to help teams build trust with users while designing human-centered and rights-respecting digital experiences.

Launching USER: Findings and Recommendations for Scientific and Research Open Source

Usable Software Ecosystem Research (USER) is a Sloan Foundation-supported research initiative that explores how open source scientific and research software (SROSS) teams understand, consider, and undertake usability and design opportunities in their projects. To read more about this project please check out Blog #1, Blog #2, our project website, and open repo.