Kristina Rakestraw
Kristina Rakestraw
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About

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Hi, I'm Kristina.

I am a UX designer with a diverse skill set including architecture, human-centered design research, storytelling, and an ability to lead others.

 

You can view my resume, connect with me on LinkedIn, or send me a message at kmrakestraw@gmail.com.

Prior to UX, I spent four years designing schools, community spaces and homes in fast-paced architecture firms. Serving many different people along the way, I enjoyed designing entire environments and working within the real world needs and constraints of architecture. By engaging in the wider design community in Seattle over the past five years, I have been exposed to a new way of approaching design and have met many inspirational designers and mentors along the way. My ambition and exposure to UX design ultimately pulled me towards pursuing higher education in HCI. Building a solid foundation in HCI has fueled my continuing passion for design with a deeper understanding of human-centered design research. I am now able to apply my design skills to the UX field with more intention and grit.

A background in architecture taught me the important role context plays on every design problem. Good design is about clearly defined problems and thoughtfully crafting meaningful interactions between people, places and things. My ability to collaborate, lead and serve others are my greatest superpowers.

When I’m not designing, you'll find me hiking in the mountains or exploring the city.

Skills:
Problem solving in teams
Working with ambiguity
Rapid iteration
Defining constraints
Bias towards action
Empathizing with others
Conveying ideas visually
Time management
Leadership
Growth mentality
Resourcefulness
Formal training in Architecture & HCI

 
 
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Timeline

2018 Exploration

Currently looking for a UX design role to work alongside a diverse team of thoughtful, hardworking and motivated researchers, designers, and engineers.

2017 Transition

Transitioned from working in Architecture in order to become a full time graduate student in the MHCI+D program at the University of Washington. 

2015 Discovery

Discovered UX through various design mentors and local design events, such as Hexagon and Design Thinking & Innovation. The more I learned, the more curious I became. 

2013 Beginnings

Graduated from California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo with a Bachelor of Architecture. Soon after, I moved to Seattle to begin a career in Architecture. 

 
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