Kristina Rakestraw
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About

 
 
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Hi, I’m Kristin Rakestraw — a user experience designer with a diverse skill set including service design, system design, interaction design and user research.

I am passionate about diving into new domains and applying the design process to complex problems with the goal of making things easier for people. I have an education in Human-Computer Interaction and Architecture and believe that good design requires a clearly defined problem and a rigorous process of collaboration and iteration. Design is about thoughtfully crafting meaningful interactions between people, places and things. My ability to problem solve in teams and communicate ideas through drawing are my greatest superpowers.

Prior to user experience design, I spent four years designing schools, community spaces and homes in fast-paced architecture firms. Serving many stakeholders along the way, I enjoyed designing entire environments and working within complex needs and constraints. Engaging in the design community in Seattle over the past seven years, I became curious and eventually pursued a Masters in Human-Computer Interaction + Design (HCI+D). Building a solid foundation in HCI has fueled my continuing passion for design with a deeper understanding of user research. I am now able to more intentionally apply my design skills to help make digital experiences easier and more enjoyable for people.

When I’m not designing you’ll find me outside hiking, watercoloring, or smelling the flowers. You can view my resume, connect with me on LinkedIn, or send me a message at kmrakestraw@gmail.com.

Skills

  • Problem solving in multi-disciplinary teams

  • Collecting, interpreting, and incorporating business, technical, and user requirements to drive design decisions

  • Making clear, actionable, and detailed design recommendations based on iterative testing results

  • Synthesizing user research into design principles and achievable goals

  • Generating design concepts, prototypes, templates & design systems

Toolkit

  • Pen & paper

  • Figma, Sketch, InVision

  • InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop 

  • Premiere Pro, After Effects

  • 3D Modeling

Currently Reading

  • Everyday Information Architecture

  • HTML5 For Web Designers

 

Timeline

Practicing UX Design

I am currently designing for Anthro-Tech, a user-centered design consultancy focused on projects with a social-impact mission — such as law enforcement, public utilities, workplace safety and transportation. 


Training in Human-Computer Interaction

I was part of a cohort of 30 graduate students in the Masters of Human-Computer Interaction + Design program at University of Washington. We dove into topics such as interaction design, prototyping and user research through team-based projects. 


Curiosity for UX

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


Career in Architecture

I 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.