Kate Lindsay Scher ’06
Career: Interaction Designer at Microsoft’s Xbox
Major: Self-designed, commercial design
Kate Lindsay Scher never envisioned herself working at Xbox. Her self-designed major focused on commercial design, with an emphasis on advertising. Early in her career, she worked with advertising agency Saatchi & Saatchi in Los Angeles, then with Bastyr Center for Natural Health, a nonprofit in Seattle. Now she’s playing a pivotal role in one of the world’s fastest-growing industries.
Scher’s choice to move to more traditional software design at Microsoft was an easy one. “I changed roles to join a specific community of brilliant people who are passionate about what they do,” she says. “I made that same choice when I transferred [in her junior year] to Scripps—that positive experience made me feel comfortable taking the risk at Microsoft.”
As an interaction designer at Xbox, Scher specializes in game console design, working with engineering teams to create the user experience for the console system.
Scher’s design team is working on an “exciting new project”—no spoilers here—which will be the focus of her immediate future. Beyond that, Scher is considering returning to advertising and marketing if she decides not to continue in her current design role.
Scher is co-captain of the Tilted Thunder Rail Birds, a local banked-track roller derby league. She began playing about two years ago on the amateur team, going by the name of Shirley Sore. “I saw a game and knew I had to get on the track—I bought skates the next day and have been skating ever since.”
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