I founded Outbox Online Design Studio in the year 2000 while I was working as a user experience designer for a large software company in Silicon Valley. I wanted an outlet for the kind of design work that fell outside the scope of my day job, so I created one. This allowed me to work directly with interesting people, using my skill set to help them achieve success with their projects in a meaningful way. As a solo-enterprise it also allowed me to work on all aspects of a project, from start-to-finish, and building my business itself, which provided the kind of varied work life I really wanted. What started as a part-time endeavor grew with me through various promotions & employers working in the software design & usability field until I jumped ship and turned it into a full-time gig creating compelling websites, logos and marketing collateral in 2009.
My experiences working independently and as a team & project manager give me the experience to handle all aspects of projects, from conception to implementation. I’ve worked with a variety of businesses, from one-person freelancers, to small local businesses, to large corporations, to international nonprofit organizations, so I’m familiar with solutions to the unique challenges each project presents.
I love specializing in author & book websites that leverage my expertise in helping authors bring their books to the web in a way that works best for them & their audiences. I’ve worked with major publishers, smaller independent publishers, self-publishers, freelance editors, book marketers & publicists, and hundreds of authors. I particularly love helping people who don’t feel comfortable with technology and the internet to use their websites successfully.
My clients live all over the world.
“There was no doubt that I was going to make my author website fantastic, and when I came across Kate McMillan’s work, I knew my search for the perfect web designer was over. From our initial phone call, to the planning of the site itself, to the implementing our ideas, to training me how to use the site myself, Kate was professional, responsible, and supportive every step of the way. She understood what I wanted and really hit the perfect note in her design — bringing out my personality, while also creating a user-friendly, clear website that I’m truly excited about. I’m also comforted to know that she’s always only an email or phone call away. I’ve worked with many web designers before, but Kate takes the cake. To say I’m impressed would be a huge understatement.”
Author of Always Too Much and Never Enough
Kate designs & develops beautiful, user-friendly author & book websites. Whether you’re launching your first book or have many titles to your name, Kate can make a website that helps you meet & exceed your goals. Contact her to discuss what she can do for your project.