The Design Portfolio of Kira Butler
Creating the unusual from the ordinary, every day.
This is my story
I’m an explorer unafraid of the dark: a problem solver, a maker, a creator, a user experience designer, graphic designer, a writer, and a fangirl. My life and my work are inseparable.
Whether its user interface design for the web, or user experience for mobile and web products, how a person interacts with a product is critical to success. Gimme them metrics.
To actualize an idea is a talent cultivated over many years. From brand identities to design guidelines, and then managing the brand: I translate who my clients are into the tangible.
From business cards to tradeshow booths, I’ve designed it. I’m at home in the Creative Suite, and I’m no stranger to working with print processes, formatting, typography, and layout.
I started designing websites over twenty years ago when you needed a dialup modem to connect to the internet. I’m still at it, with eleven of those years spent professionally. Works good, looks good: Motto.
Every year, the way we approach information changes. Mobile design is critical for both discovery and ecommerce because people are glued to their smart phones, their smart watches, and their tablets.
Concept, creation, negotiation. I have good ideas and I’m happy to explain and defend as necessary, but I also listen to and integrate feedback, and mentor my team. That’s how I work.
To me, good design solves problems in innovative ways. Ever since I can remember, I’ve had a preoccupation with hidden things: ideas that stand apart from the everyday. Sometimes, that leads my investigation to places others won’t readily consider — often under the bed and into dark closets.
I’ve always felt that it was my obligation to look at things from a different angle, to present solutions that set products apart; to create proverbial jackalopes from ordinary bunny rabbits. It’s my mission to create memorable designs for my clients, even if that means keeping a flashlight packed into my toolkit.
This is who I am
My name is Kira Butler. I’m a senior user experience designer with over ten years in the industry, with a background in visual and brand design, and a horror writer from Montreal. I’ve got over a decade’s worth of experience making stuff for the web and in print, and my approach to the creative process is a little bit unusual. Noisy Ghost Co. is my haunt.
These are nice things people have said
As a design client, I have been thrilled to work with someone who can translate my vague ideas into a viable format, but I have been even more impressed by Kira's professionalism. From the initial project contract and timeline, to the detailed invoices and realistic deadlines, I always know exactly where we stand in terms of project completion - an invaluable assurance. Working with someone this reliable and talented has been a pleasure I hope to repeat.
Kira Butler far exceeded my expectations on many levels. She is an amazingly talented web designer who knows how to execute her vision from beginning to end, as well as interpret my own into a design that can work. And what also impresses me is the way she conducts herself with such a high level of professionalism and integrity. I have hired her for other projects besides my web site design, and would not hesitate to do so again, I also recommend her every chance I get to others in need of similar services.
Kira is an extremely talented, detailed-oriented designer who has contributed greatly to Lightspeed's branding and communications. Her specialization is in web but also has strong talent in writing and print design. Dedicated, insightful and hard-working, Kira has been a very welcome addition to our creative team.
Kira started with me as a summer student in 2004. her work was so outstanding that she continued as a part-time consultant throughout the school year for almost five years. Her understanding of the project at hand, her eye for design and thorough understanding of the content that she worked with as well as her respect for critical timelines were magical attributes that brought not only products to help the community clients of the CRC but identifiable professional marketing tools. Kira's contribution to the CRC operation was key in raising our visibility. Without her help on a 2010 project we would never have been able to bring it to completion. I would not hesitate to include Kira as a member of my team again, if the opportunity would be presented!
This is where you get in touch
I’m currently open to accepting new clients. Let me know a little bit about your project, and I’ll get back to you shortly.