Remembering Kathy Laing
A senior graphic designer with more than 30 years of professional experience, Kathy was a part of the Identity family for more than 6 years. She passed unexpectedly on Nov. 6, 2020.
She embraced hard work with enthusiasm and good cheer, believing sincerely in the importance of learning and improving every day. Kathy recognized inspiration came from anywhere and everywhere, and she saw every new project as a chance both to inspire—and to be inspired. She drew her own inspiration from different types of artistry, fashion and design, from learning about new and different industries, and from taking on challenging new client projects.
Kathy had a unique ability to bring visions to life in sometimes surprising ways—often moving, and always memorable. She was an enormously talented illustrator, and a gifted animator and designer. She had a special love for fashion and a passion for interior design and home improvement projects—an artist in every sense of the word. She lived her life and infused her work with an unmistakable and unforgettable sense of style and grace.
Beyond her remarkable design skills was an equally remarkable kindness and generosity of spirit. Kathy was one of those rare people everyone loved. No one ever had a bad word to say about her. Her big smile was a cherished and familiar feature around the office, and her willingness to go with the flow, no matter what was thrown at her, endeared her to colleagues and clients alike. She spoke often and highly of her husband of 32 years, John, her daughters Megan and Caitlin, and her grandson Benjamin—who she recently proudly shared with others: “He loves me!”
It’s no coincidence one of her most impactful designs is the Inspire[d] wall occupying a place of prominence in the Identity office. She was—and remains—a part of our space and a part of our lives. Like everything else that Kathy touched, the wall is a reminder of the size of her talent—and the scope of our loss. She inspired us every day. She inspires us still. She is sorely missed and fondly remembered by heartbroken colleagues and friends who all have pieces of her designs and warm and wonderful memories that will live in our hearts forever.
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