Meet the Team: Cat Noone
By Maddie - 6 min read
Meet the Team features EyeEm’s newest additions. We’re so excited for you to get to know Cat, who has just joined our design team.
We’re thrilled to introduce you to one of our newest team members, Cat. She joined us all the way from Brooklyn, New York, to help us keep our app looking beautiful. Now, let’s check out what Cat has to say through some of her pictures.
Who are you?
What do you love?
What really annoys you?
Where is your favorite place in the world?
What is your best kept secret?
Hi Cat! Welcome to the team. Can you tell us a bit about who you are, where you come from, what you’ve been doing the past few years and how you found your way to EyeEm?
My name is Cat and I‘m a designer born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. In the past, I worked in the special education field before admitting to myself that design was what I loved and made me happy, and decided to take it on full time. Since then I’ve worked in corporate, an agency, with a range of freelance clients, startups and have co-founded a company.
In 2013 I lived in San Francisco for a bit of time before coming here to Berlin. After a few months of being here, I was introduced to Flo, through my significant other and knew it was a great opportunity that fit what I was looking for. Aside from my love of photography, I knew I could grow at EyeEm as a designer and learn a lot more about the startup world.
Can you please give us a little insight into what you do at EyeEm?
I lead the iOS design force at EyeEm. I make sure all the bells and whistles are in order design-wise for the iPhone and iPad. I work to ensure the good people of EyeEm have a top-notch experience. For me, it’s important to figure out what group I’m targeting, and make sure the product is a great experience that every individual can connect with. I am a perfectionist – it is essential to make sure I achieve whatever problem or goal the product set out to solve.
So you’re pretty passionate about design?
What excites me most about design is the problem solving. As a designer, you spend your time trying to solve a problem as best as possible for the individual who will be using the product. On top of it, the ability to create an experience within the product that a person falls in love with and depends on in some way is fantastic.
I get my design inspiration from a variety of areas. I like using different products to see what’s “new” and what feels right. I also enjoy stepping away from the screen a lot and getting inspiration from around me. Designers create products for people, so submerging yourself in every day life, surrounded by other individuals, is usually a good way to figure out what makes us tick.
Please show us a photo you took recently and tell the story behind it.
This is a photo I took on Christmas of my significant other, Ben. One of his gifts was this (obviously) awesome dual-vehicle Lego set. He had seen it in the store and I knew he wanted it — so I bought it. It was a gift among a few others that, would appear to be, much more grand than the Lego set, but he absolutely loved this one. It’s one of my favorite photos ever because of how happy he is. It just goes to show that it really is the little things that count most.
Your favorite album(s) on EyeEm
Cat, we’ve seen on your social networks that you have a few teen heartthrobs for friends. Care to share?
Haha. I see you guys have been stalking my social network photos. Yeah, if you check them out you’ll see a few photos of former Gossip Girl actors (Ed Westwick, Chase Crawford, etc.). I have a close friend who used to work on the Gossip Girl show. The photos you see are from a season wrap party for the show, which was pretty awesome and a super fun night. Trust me, I was just as giddy as the teeny boppers when I first met Ed and Chase. Maybe not, actually. The teens scream and I just had no words. Since then I’ve grown up and realised they’re regular people, too (laughs).
We hear you have a side project going outside EyeEm. Can you tell us a bit about your startup?
Yeah, definitely! Liberio is a platform for simple eBook creation and publishing all through Google Drive. We strongly believe everyone should have the chance to easily share their stories and knowledge with the world. Unfortunately, the world of eBook creation and publishing is still so undeveloped compared to where it has the potential to be and should be. People have to rely heavily on a number of tools for an outcome that doesn’t yield top quality results for their work. These tools and publishing houses aren’t for everyone but Liberio is and that’s our goal; to be the only simple and easy to use tool writers need to create top quality eBooks.
Finally, what’s going on in your best kept secret photo? It’s a…beach?
The core of my best kept secret is indeed a beach. However, that is as much as I will tell. Only myself and one other person know what it is. And it is their best kept secret, too!