Oh hey, I’m Cat Noone.

Founder @irisapp, Designer, writing Preggers Guide, lover of cookies, and a Cool Mom in Tech. I write about design, building products, startups and stuff.

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Just going places

As many of you who know me know, my family and I are laid back. We love what we do for a living, we’re simple people, and have the privilege of living a very comfortable life as we’ve climbed the ladder in our careers. From the beginning, we wanted Emma to not just see but experience the world. Wit…

What do I need to know if we're going to succeed as a company?

When you’re growing a startup, it’s crucial to learn where you excel and where you suck. A personal example of the latter is finance. I can logically and mathematically comprehend it all—I get it. But because it overwhelms me and I’m not as educated in this area as I could be, I knew I needed to bring s…

What the standard for designers should and needs to be

As we start a new year (Do I have to wish you a happy new year still? :]), the articles have surfaced about accomplishments made in the last year, and challenges set for this new year. And I realize that I too have a lot takeaways from this year both professionally and personally. A big topic this…

My 15 lessons learned from a failed startup

​​Since shutting down my first startup, I’ve spent a solid amount of time analyzing what it means and feels like to fail. I’m hard on myself and I always have been. I love to win, I love competition, and I love success in any form. And man, do I hate being told I can’t do something. The person I compete m…

Enabling designers to work with accessibility in mind

Originally posted on Product Hunt as a comment for our launch on April 25, 2017. We built Stark, the color-blind simulator and contrast checker for Sketch. Our goal in doing so is to help designers start thinking about and executing on designing with accessibility in mind from the very beginning of…

The three pillars that elevate your brand and product design

This post was based off a question I received from a designer friend of mine. When he originally reached out, he said: As the sole designer for a startup fin-tech product, I am trying to get a feel of what it would be like to take a company from the ground and raise the brand and the product to…