As the summer is coming to an end and the leaves are changing, we are still having just as much fun here at Harlo Interactive. Next in our series 'Digital Goodness: 20 Questions' is Katherine Bovee our Senior Digital Producer at Harlo. Not only is Katherine a master at her profession but she's a master at living life! Quotes below are verbatim, so enjoy hearing our [sometimes too-real] voices. At least you know they're real!
What's a song that will always get you out of your chair and make you dance?
“Good” by The Plastics, a Japanese new wave band from the 80s.
Sketch or Photoshop? Why?
Sketch, of course. For digital design, Sketch all the way!
Favorite project this year?
My baby, who launched in February!
In a parallel universe, you are working in a different industry, which industry is it?
A jet-setting art critic.
When are you the most comfortable?
At Harpoon House, my little house in Southeast Portland.
Who has been a role model for you?
I have had amazing coworkers throughout my life, especially a lot of strong women who have inspired me and taught me many things professionally and personally.
What does “win hearts” mean to you?
Spreading the Love.
What’s a body part that you wouldn’t mind losing?
Ouch! My pinky toe? I’d actually mind a lot. I’m squeamish.
Dream client and why?
Having just sent my oldest off to kindergarten last month, I’d love to tackle onboarding for new parents and kids in the public school system. So many mundane day-to-day experiences would benefit from a user experience overhaul!
What is a time you felt most proud of your work?
Every time I launch a site is a small victory! Each project is its own unique snowflake with its own series of challenges and wins.
Where were you during the solar eclipse?
In my parent’s backyard in Salem in the path of totality. Total eclipse was the most beautiful sight I've ever seen.
What got you into this industry?
I stumbled into it. I started with an art degree which led me to be a graphic designer at a museum and eventually I went agency-side in branding and marketing. Web and digital were always a favorite part of my job so I decided to go all in here at Harlo.
Best place you’ve traveled?
Tokyo and Montreal are my favorite cities, I’d move to either in a heartbeat. In terms of a single destination, driving out to the northern shores of Salt Lake to see Robert Smithson’s recently uncovered Spiral Jetty.
If you could offer a potential new client one reason to work with Harlo, what would that be?
It’s the people. We’re a healthy mix of pragmatists and dreamers.
Who do you call first with good news?
Does AI scare you? What are some benefits do you see with AI?
No, I think it's super exciting! Like industrialization, there are pros and cons, but I think the pros outweigh the cons ultimately.
What are your parent's occupations? Did that influence your path?
My dad is a retired project manager and I never thought in a million years I would be doing the same thing! And my mom was a stay-at-home mom most of my childhood. They both have an incredible work ethic and are super supportive.
Who is your favorite superhero?
Hilda, from Luke Pearson’s graphic novels. It’s on frequent rotation right now with my 5-year-old.
What physical thing would you like to build?
A tea house in my backyard.
First CD/Cassette tape you bought?
First cassette tape: Milli Vanilli’s hit single, Girl I’m Gonna Miss You. For real.