Good design should go unnoticed. Good design should awe. Good design should be usable. I hold to these like a mantra, and what I do with my design of Gathyr, I hope, encompasses all three.
My name is Katie Hall. I grew up in the Suburbs of Chicago. Not the good suburbs, more like the Arcade Fire Suburbs. The benefit of the geographical location of my upbringing can be summed up in having lots of free time to read, write and design and living with the luxury of the amenity of a nearby cultural hub.
I’ve always been passionate about design in one faculty or another. I developed an eccentric fashion sense in high school, wearing something that resembled a costume more than street clothes to school every day. I saved magazine clippings that depicted my ideal interior décor years before I would even rent a drafty apartment in the frigid land that can be Grand Rapids. I taught myself Photoshop simply because I wanted my pictures to be more beautiful (this was before Instagram), and began to free design based on geographical shapes that caught my fancy.
As an almost Chicagoan, I had the luxury of a fierce and constant interaction with beauty. Whether it was an interesting storefront logo or the Art museum, I gaped and absorbed it all. I window-shopped the boutiques I could never afford, and I explored the architecture of a once old city that has since been built nearly anew.
When I moved to Grand Rapids for college, another cityscape captivated me. I learned the quirks and excitement of the town, and I allowed its charm to ensconce me. I built my world here and honed in on my skills in design, business and socializing (better word?). And after school, I settled into the business world.
For a long time I wearily searched for the next step, and yet it came in an epiphany. Incepted amongst the frustration of being unable to RSVP to a wedding invitation digitally, Aaron, Dom and I created Gathyr. We melted it down and hammered it out into a smooth recognizable shape that we, then, began to realize and refine.
Over cocktails and coffee we laid the groundwork for an app that we not only believe will serve others, but that we truly and gutturally believe in ourselves. We’re passionate. We’re social. We are Gathyr, and we hope that you will be too.