Design is my medium

And my name is kitti, Nice to meet you.

A long long time ago, in a land before iPads and Facebook, I entered into the field of “Web Design”.  I started out like most do, working at 800×600, slicing with Photoshop and writing inline styles in Dreamweaver. Boom!! I had made it, I was a web designer! As my career progressed, I learned how to write code (HTML/CSS). I dabbled with javascript, php and mySQL and I became pretty great at all things WordPress. I really enjoyed what I was doing, but customer after customer, I was forced into signing off on what I knew could be better. My problem was that I didn’t know how to prove it.

Fast forward to 2006, I began working with a woman who called herself a designer, but the majority of her deliverables weren’t hi-defs, they weren’t even “pretty”. She interviewed users, created wireframes and built prototypes.  I saw how she was able to validate her recommendations to the customer and senior management and that’s when realized, this is what I want need to be doing.

I had finally found my calling. I’ve fallen in love with UX and I’m happy to say it still gives me butterflies. From personas to prototypes, I have a passion for the entire process,  it’s what makes me tick.

My Skill set includes

  • Interaction Design
  • Personas
  • User Stories
  • Roadmap Development
  • User Research
  • Task Analysis
  • Journey Mapping
  • Conceptual Modeling
  • Feature Planning
  • Flowcharts
  • Sitemaps
  • Storyboarding
  • Wireframes
  • Prototypes
  • Visual Design
  • Usability Testing
  • Axure
  • Omnigraffle
  • Visio
  • Pencil & Paper
  • Photoshop
  • Sketch
  • Usertesting.com
  • Optimizely

What people say about me

I had the pleasure of working with Kitti at Vitacost. She's got an eye for design & functionality and really understands the target user. Aside from her design capabilities, I found her technical knowledge to be exceptional. I was honestly inspired by her work and I miss working with her! I cannot recommend Kitti enough - she's fantastic!Kat Alderman
Kat AldermanSenior Director of Acquisition & Retention Vitacost.com
I had the great pleasure of working with Kitti on a number of projects and I found her to be one of the most passionate and driven people I have ever worked with. She always went the extra mile in her work. She would constantly surprise me with the elegance and thoughtfulness of her UX designs and recommendations. She's a true joy to work with and I hope to be able to work with her again in the future.Dr. Tim Murphrey
Dr. Tim MurphreySenior Manager - Technical Enablement at Citrix
I worked with Kitti on the App Orchestration Project. The project required a seamless design to integrate the various projects it supports and also it need to support migration from older projects. Kitti designed a simple usable interface who covered all these areas and made the user experience a pleasant one. Kitti has good insights and understanding the needs of the end user using the product and she provided good markers and tips in the design for the customer to quickly understand the process.Joel Cardoza
Joel CardozaSenior Software Engineer at Citrix
Kitti is one of the most passionate designers I have worked with. When she first arrived on my team, Kitti helped us spearhead the transition from static wireframes to interactive prototypes and took the lead on a complex project, coming up to speed and producing results very quickly. She is always willing to put in whatever time and energy is necessary to get the job done. She loves what she does and always puts the needs of the user first.Ian Patrick
Ian PatrickManager, Product Design, Citrix
Kitti is passionate about designing the best possible experience for her users. She has the tools smarts, the interaction design smarts, and the ability to listen to users to discern how to best improve what she is working on to help them meet their business goals. I feel very fortunate to work with Kitti; she brings a fresh, energetic perspective to all of her work, and would be a valuable resource for any team.Lynn Van Dyke
Lynn Van DykeSenior User Experience Researcher at Citrix Systems
Kitti and I both worked to launch a new golf product in 2007. It was a pleasure to work with her on new concepts and strategies and to see her designs come to life.Joe Flynn
Joe FlynnDirector, Product Management CBSSports.com
Kitti is an expert User Experience designer. I worked with Kitti on a number of projects, and she takes a very user-centered approach when designing a solution. She was able to transform project requirements into a world class user experience for our customers.Nate Jackson
Nate JacksonSenior Manager of Web Development at Citrix
I had the pleasure of working with Kitti on a new product that was in development. She was a quick learner of really complex concepts, an extremely fast worker as she produced hundreds of quality interactive prototype wireframes, and continuously challenged design thinking by asking tough questions to the architects and developers. She has great energy and a passion for excellent user experience design. She would be a great asset to any team!Megan Coyle
Megan CoyleSenior Product Designer at Citrix Systems
Kitti Lakner is star in the UX field. I have worked with Kitti on several projects and I was always amazed by her energy and quality of work. She will always go the extra mile to deliver the best and most creative results.Andreea Ignat
Andreea IgnatSoftware Engineer at Citrix
Master UX designer. I worked with Kitti to redesign the hardware and sizing table and conceptual design diagram for Project Accelerator (project.citrix.com). As the technical architect I provided Kitti with a long list of technical and business requirements with no real idea of how they could be met. Kitti quickly analyzed the requirements before designing a truly beautiful user experience. Kitti is exceptional designer and an absolute pleasure to work with. I have no reservations recommending Kitti.Andy Baker
Andy BakerSenior Architect at Citrix
Kitti is a vibrant star in the world of user experience design. Her insight and dedication resulted in major improvements to the web application I manage. She brings passion, knowledge and a keen eye to both web applications and content layout.Christopher Pagel
Christopher PagelProduct Leadership
Kitti is not only a super hero when it comes to getting things done, she's also super fun to work with. Her bubbly nature makes the tough stuff a bit less stressful, and her get-it-done-right attitude ensures what she delivers will be top notch. Kitti is always willing to lend a helping hand and is willing to share her creative ideas and knowledge without hesitation. I can't wait to work on another project with her!Amy Kahrim
Amy KahrimSr Mgr of Services Enablement at Citrix
I had the great pleasure of working with Kitti Lakner on several design projects over the last three years. Kitti champions design for the what the customer needs, and tirelessly puts this first. She uses Design Thinking and other research methods to prototype and redesign until the project is right. I have seen her work hard to question assumptions a team is making in order to ensure that the orientation is appropriately prioritizing the customer need. Kitti understands how to be solid team member, while working quickly. She always returned my queries or suggestions immediately, with great input at every turn. In one project I observed her creative and expert eye when designing infographics. She is also very experienced with user interface designs, exhibiting a knowledge of making things as simple and easy as possible for the customer. I notice I have the urge to mention the customer in almost every sentence when writing about Kitti - because that’s really how I think of her. It’s always about the customer. I also worked with Kitti when she was designing a search experience that needed a complex integration of several knowledge properties that were a challenge and very difficult to align. She researched the technologies until she understood the pros and cons of all the choices in order to advocate for ever better design. That’s Kitti in a nutshell. She seems to love getting it as right as possible for the project need. I would always jump at a chance to work with Kitti on any project.Brenda Oakley
Brenda OakleyLead Information Designer at Citrix
I had the pleasure of working with Kitti on several projects at Citrix. Not only is she a master at UX design but fully understands and is a master at usability testing and research which is a key difference between her and many people who are just graphic / web designers. Not only did she come up with great visual designs but she understood that design is not just about making something visual pleasing but more importantly is about creating something to best achieve the company's intended goal. She created UX designs that bot streamlined and created a more effective user interaction, fulfilled the company's marketing goals, increases conversions to sales and ROI, and successfully satisfies the end users desires. She was involved requirements gathering from the product owners, did wireframing / prototyping, creating of HiDef visuals, and usability testing and research for multiple Citrix properties.Darren Gideon
Darren GideonPrincipal Web Developer UI at Citrix
Design Thinking – Kitti was able to make what would normally be quite dry and boring content, stand out in a way that looked extremely polished and well thought out. She proved adept at researching concepts and getting validation from end users before embarking on costly and lengthy development cycles. Innovation - She constantly brought new ideas to our discussions, often mocking them up in advance so she could quickly and succinctly communicate new ideas to the team. Collaborative – Kitti was effective at developing ideas, taking feedback, iterating, and turning around final products. She has a sense of pride for what she produces but is accepting of feedback on those ideas. A rare trait in my limited experience in working with “creatives”Phil Ferrante
Phil FerranteDirector of Worldwide Consulting at Citrix
Kitti is a great designer and a huge asset to ADP. Her communication and follow up skills are impeccable and because of this, everything is always done right - the first time! She makes my job of handling clients and managing their expectations easy.Eddy DeMelo
Eddy DeMeloTechnical Client Analyst, ADP
In the year I was fortunate enough to have Kitti as a part of my team I came to rely on her expertise and skill for all things User Experience. She demonstrates a passion for great work, determination to meet deadlines and exceed expectations, and a commitment to her team that won her many fans. Kitti also demonstrates mastery of all aspects of User Experience, from research to interface design to graphic design. One of the most impressive aspects of Kitti's work is how she goes beyond taking requirements from customers to add her own insights and ideas that truly add value and delight customers. Kitti is a great addition to any team looking to design and build innovative and effective products.Matthew Strongin
Matthew StronginDirector, Enablement Technologies at Citrix Systems Inc

Kitti is a super talented designer. She can handle highly technical complicated projects. She has a strong design voice and is a great advocate for the user. She jumped into a very complicated new product and was able to help out immediately.

 Julie Baher
Julie BaherGroup Director, Customer Experience at Citrix
I found Kitti to be a "breath of fresh air" in the web design department. Her willingness to accept any and all work and her attention to detail made my job alot easier.Michael Koenig
Michael KoenigDirector of Software Development, ADP
Kitti is very savvy in web design yet she can communicate at a non-technical level. She was able to take our website ideas and suggest creative options and considerations within our limited budget that helped our team further clarify our message. She effectively implemented our preferences in a manner that our Firm was very pleased with her and the final result.Lori Deibel
Lori DeibelSenior Director- Michael Dunford Associates, LLC
Kitti and I worked together at CBS when I was both Marketing Manager and Project Manager. While I was in Marketing, Kitti aided us in developing new campaigns and was always providing new ideas and designs upon request. As a Project Manager I noticed other skills Kitti had including time management, multi-tasking, and interdepartmental coordination. Overall, it was a pleasure working with Kitti and would recommend her to any organization.Danny Kadoche
Danny KadocheMarketing Manager CBS Interactive
"That web page looks fantastic!" are among the common reactions to Kitti's designs. She brings innovation and a tremendous wow factor to the user experience of web pages. I have had the pleasure of working with Kitti at Citrix on Project Accelerator and the outstanding home page the application has stands testimonial to Kitti's talent. Kitti's designs are backed by extensive user research and she gets into the depths of the problem at hand. She is a confident and energetic team player with brilliant work ethics. Kitti's vibrant personality fosters a very positive environment within the team. She is a rockstar in the world of user-experience and her creative energy is contagious.Kripa Sreenivasan
Kripa SreenivasanSoftware Test Engineer at Citrix
Kitti is an extremely talented designer with advanced UI programming skills to turn around digital interactive prototypes in very little time. I presented her with an innovative product concept for iPad, and she used her magical powers to generate an amazing prototype by the very next day. I love her no-nonsense style...she gets things done.Lise Pilot
Lise PilotLead Product/UX Designer, Citrix
Kitti Lakner is an expert in the UX field. She will always surprise you with wonderfully creative solutions to problems. I have worked with Kitti on several projects and she is very dependable. You can always count on Kitti to do great work and do it fast if necessary. Kitti is also a very confident communicator and a joy to work withGabriel Duque
Gabriel DuqueSenior Web Producer/Scrum Master/Project Manager at Citrix
I've used Kitti on more projects than I can count. She excels in working with clients that know what they want but have trouble articulating it. She works fast and is constantly tweaking her techniques to make sure they are compatible with the strictest new standards.Paul Geller
Paul GellerChief Marketing Officer @ The Kabbalah Centre
Kitti is an extremely talented Web Designer and Developer. She and I were introduced when my client, Vitacost, was in need of such a resource. She was identified as a top candidate through my recruitment team and was selected for this position out of a number of other local candidates. Every follow-up conversation I had with her direct manager was filled with positive comments regarding her performance. Not only is she great at what she does, but Kitti is also extremely personable and enjoyable to be around.Diane Samuelson
Diane SamuelsonLead Business Analyst at Citrix Systems


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