Karen McGrane

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Karen McGrane
Born April 4, 1972
Occupation content strategist, author
Website karenmcgrane.com

Karen McGrane is an author, speaker and professor known for her expertise in website content strategy and user experience design (UX). She has led projects for companies including Condé Nast, The New York Times, The Atlantic, and Time, Inc.[1] McGrane is also the author of Content Strategy for Mobile.[2]

From 1998 to 2006, McGrane was the VP and National Lead for User Experience of the marketing company Razorfish. She then founded and became a managing partner of Bond Art + Science, a UX consultancy.[3] McGrane is also an instructor at the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan, teaching Design Management in the Interaction Design MFA program.[1]


McGrane attended the University of Minnesota and graduated in 1993 with a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy and American studies. She then went on to earn a Master of Science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 2001 in the fields of human computer interaction, technical communication and rhetoric.[4][5]

Work philosophy

McGrane has written about her experiences with hearing loss and the ways this has influenced her understanding of how we interact with technology, saying, "I appreciate interfaces that are appropriately complex—technology that makes its challenges visible in the right way, at the right time."[6]

She has also spoken on the importance of broader access to online information in accessible formats. "Traditionally, it’s populations who are disadvantaged who are less likely to have an internet connection. ... I believe we have a responsibility to get this information out there where everybody can access it."[7]


  • Content Strategy for Mobile (2012)
  • Going Responsive (2015)


  1. ^ a b "Karen McGrane - SVA MFA Interaction Design". SVA MFA Interaction Design. Retrieved 2018-02-26.sva
  2. ^ "Content Strategy for Mobile by Karen McGrane". A Book Apart. Retrieved 2018-02-26.
  3. ^ "Karen McGrane Is Thinking About Her Feet - Ladies in Tech". Ladies in Tech. 2014-01-23. Retrieved 2018-02-26.
  4. ^ "About Me". Karen McGrane. 2008-06-13. Retrieved 2018-02-26.
  5. ^ "Karen McGrane". Retrieved 2018-02-26.linkedin
  6. ^ McGrane, Karen (2014-09-11). "Ear Trumpets and Superpowers". The Manual. Retrieved 2018-02-26.
  7. ^ "Karen McGrane on the future of content strategy". Creative Bloq. Retrieved 2018-02-26.

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