photograph by Josephine Wu
Hey there! 

I’m a freelance designer and illustrator in the Bay Area. Previously a Design Fellow at Chronicle Books. I focus on making colorful designs and quirky, dream-driven illustrations.

I began my creative journey in my bedroom, doodling Saturday morning cartoons. This lead to a Fine Arts and Media Studies B.A. from UC Berkeley and a love for design, visual storytelling, and creative education. I’m still in the fun process of navigating how all three of these can
come together.

I have a variety of experiences including installations, digital and print design, children’s book illustration, and building curriculums. In my free time, I enjoy new films, making comics, and cooking with citrus.


Say Hello!

︎ Instagram
︎ katyao.design@gmail.com
︎ Resume available upon request
︎ Currently: working on a graphic novel