Kate Kalcevich
Toronto User Experience Designer

I plan, design and lead teams in building user-friendly, responsive websites using a Lean UX +
inclusive design + content first +
agile approach.

Work history

I am currently the User Experience Lead for Ontario.ca. I’ve worked for the Ontario Government for 13 years and worked as a freelance designer for 5 years for a total of more than 18 years of experience designing digital products.

My portfolio contains information about design processes and designs that I can't make publicly available. Contact me to request a copy.

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I am interested in working on products or services that help improve quality of life for people. Public service and small business are two sectors that I’m familiar with and appeal to my passion for making the world a better place.

I am currently not seeking new opportunities.

What's a UX Designer?

Someone who:

  • learns about your users
  • ensures your content is relevant to users and meets business goals
  • makes it easy to find things
  • makes your website look nice
  • makes it easy to do things
  • helps users avoid making mistakes

We usually produce:

  • content audits
  • information architecture site maps
  • design mockups
  • wireframes
  • prototypes
  • user flows
  • functional specifications
  • usability test reports

Bonus skills

I research user needs, considering business goals, and recommend simple digital solutions that satisfy both (AKA product design).

I test website functionality, usability and accessibility; and develop and manage quality assurance processes.

I document website editorial processes and train website editors; and also manage my UX team’s workload and priorities.

I am a front-end web developer fluent with Foundation and comfortable with Grunt, Gulp, Git, and Angular.

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How I work


My design approach is inclusive, which means I start with the core experience and make it usable on all devices for all audiences (with physical disabilities, mental disabilities, technology limitations, etc.).

Lean UX

Streamlines the traditional user experience process, with minimal documentation and faster development cycles. Allows for earlier usability testing and validation of which features are actually needed to support user needs.


Working closely with the developers throughout the process is important. Without detailed documentation, I need to be available for questions about the business needs, usability, accessibility and design.

How I work

Content first

Ensures I’m designing to suit the content not the other way around. Content is often the last thing tackled in waterfall projects and often delays launch. Creating a content strategy upfront ensures a realistic launch plan.


A design that reflows to fit any screen size is the only way to target all devices in a world where tablets and laptops are becoming smaller and smartphones and monitors are getting larger.

Progressive enhancement

Consider users with smaller screens and less processing power first and then layer on features or adjust the layout for users with larger screens and fewer constraints.


Critical to a successful digital product and improving the user experience. Waterfall UX processes only give you one chance to get it right. Lean UX + agile lets you keep going until it is right—often in less overall time.

© 2009-2015 Kate Kalcevich, Clear Web Studio