Catherine Mulbrandon

Catherine Mulbrandon

Data Visualization & Interaction Design

Greater New York City Area

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Catherine Mulbrandon's Overview

  • Information Architect at SchoolNet
  • Interaction Designer at TD Ameritrade
  • Designer at School of Design, Carnegie Mellon

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Catherine Mulbrandon's Summary

As you will see my background is an unique mix of economics, finance, and design. My data graphics and dashboards present economic and financial data in context that helps people understand —at a glance— what the numbers really mean.

I launched in 2006, a website dedicated to publishing infographics about economic data. In 2013, my book "An Illustrated Guide to Income in the United States" was published.

I worked for 5+ years on large data-driven web applications including an online brokerage software for independent financial advisors. Previously I spented 7+ years working for a financial consulting company as both a senior research associate and later as a programmer.

MDes Interaction Design, Carnegie Mellon
AB Economics, University of Chicago

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Catherine Mulbrandon's Experience

Partnership; Myself Only; Design industry

December 2008Present (5 years 11 months)

My consulting company where I design dashboards for startups, give lectures and create and publish data visualizations about the US economy.

Information Architect


Privately Held; 51-200 employees; Computer Software industry

January 2007December 2009 (3 years)

Worked as part of cross-functional team performing user interviews, on-site observations and designing specifications for web-based applications used by teachers, principals, school administrators. SchoolNet applications enable reporting on student data and assessments, standards-aligned curriculum, professional development, as well as competencies/qualifications across a school district.

Interaction Designer

TD Ameritrade

Public Company; 5001-10,000 employees; AMTD; Financial Services industry

July 2004December 2006 (2 years 6 months)

Created and documented interaction design of various projects working closely with business analysts, developers, visual designers and writers. Performed user research and competitive research. Wrote personas and scenarios. Main projects included a new trading tool to help clients track market momentum, redesign of main online trading platform for active traders, and redesign of TD Ameritrade's web site for financial advisors.

Educational Institution; 5001-10,000 employees; Higher Education industry

June 2003June 2005 (2 years 1 month)

Worked, as a member of a 15-person team of graduate students, on a redesign of the USPS's Domestic Mail Manual (a list of rules, regulations and dense, text-based information) into a document that has clear language, diagrams and images.

Privately Held; 1001-5000 employees; Financial Services industry

January 1998December 2001 (4 years)

I collaborated with users to gather requirements while working on in-house software. Also participated in two pilot projects: first, converted a paper survey into an interactive Excel survey and second, analyzed the software needs of an internal department using an Contextual Inquiry methodology.

Senior Research Associate

Cambridge Associates

Privately Held; 1001-5000 employees; Financial Services industry

March 1994January 1998 (3 years 11 months)

I worked on research reports and responded to data requests from clients and consultants.

Catherine Mulbrandon's Honors and Awards

  • Kantar Information is Beautiful Awards – Short List

    • 2013

    Kantar Information is Beautiful awards is a selection of some of the best data-visualisation and infographic work from around the globe.

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Catherine Mulbrandon's Projects


    • January 2006 to Present
    Team Members: Catherine Mulbrandon

    I launched this site in 2006 to share my love of beautiful data visualizations about economics.

Catherine Mulbrandon's Publications

Catherine Mulbrandon's Skills & Expertise

  1. Interaction Design
  2. User Research
  3. Information Architecture
  4. Usability
  5. Designs
  6. Business Analysis
  7. Persona
  8. User-centered Design
  9. Data Visualization
  10. User Experience Design
  11. Information Design
  12. Graphics
  13. Data
  14. Web Applications
  15. Finance
  16. Agile Methodologies
  17. User Experience
  18. User Interface Design
  19. Cross-functional Team Leadership
  20. E-commerce
  21. R
  22. Adobe Creative Suite
  23. OmniGraffle
  24. Tableau
  25. Visio
  26. HTML
  27. CSS
  28. MApublisher

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Catherine Mulbrandon's Education

Carnegie Mellon University

Masters, Interaction Design


Masters' Thesis -- Visualizing Economics
Explored how a designer can shape an argument, while maintaining the integrity of economic data in its visual representation. Designed a series of posters to help people understand basic information about the United States' economy.

The University of Chicago

AB, Economics


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