Hiya! My name is Cate (like Kate but with a 'C'). In the fall of 2015 I, then a full-time professional photographer & filmmaker, suffered a sever back injury. Everything I did for a living, I was told I shouldn't be doing anymore. Hearing this was devastating at first but I decided there was only one thing I could do. I could chose to look at this unfortunate situation as a fresh start.

While recovering and waiting for answers on my health I started researching what new skills I could learn...from the couch. I had always wanted to learn graphic design and hand-lettering so I decided to give that ago.  After months and months of online courses, research and a whole lot of practice, Cate Shaner Design was born. The company initially started out as online shop selling hand-lettered gifts but it quickly turned into something much bigger.

Cate Shaner Design launched in the fall of 2016, a full year after I felt the call start a hand-lettering shop. I continued taking online courses in typography and graphic design to hone my skills even more. If you had told me back in 2015 that I would be here, I would have laughed in your face. This isn't the path I expected to be on but honestly it's a whole lot better!

My hope is that my graphic/web design work, hand-made fonts, surface patterns, hand-lettering, and online shop products inspire you to design the life of your dreams, no matter what life throws at you, just like I did!  

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I have an obsession with eating outside. If the restaurant has a patio, I'M THERE. If it's nice outside, I'm eating on the porch. No negotiating. If I can be outside while chewing food, I will be. Ha!

I am a research fiend. If I don't know the answer I WILL find it. I know how to work the google search bar like a pro. My lightning speed google searching has been known to shock people.

Beach please. I have a dream of owning a beach house one day. I love the sand so much I got married in it in 95 degree weather. Nothing makes me happier than watching the sunset over the ocean.

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CATE SHANER | OWNER & CEO

This is where I tell you all the behind-the-scenes stuff you've been wanting to know. I talk about my experiences in hopes that you will not have to go through them like I did. While laughing at myself along the way!

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