Kristina Rakestraw
Kristina Rakestraw
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Hi, Iā€™m Kristina ā€” a user experience designer with a diverse skill set including service design, system design, interaction design and user research.

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. 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 problem solve in teams and communicate ideas visually are my greatest superpowers.

You can view my resume, connect with me on LinkedIn, or send me a message at


Problem solver and team player
Being proactive
Working with ambiguity
Empathizing with others
Conveying ideas visually
Solution-focused mindset
Formal training in Architecture & HCI

Currently Reading

Articulating Design Decisions by Tom Greever
Mismatch by Kat Holmes
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo

Current Side Project

100 Days of watercoloring



2018 Applying UX (Present)

Started working for Anthro-Tech, a user-centered design consultancy focused on government agencies, nonprofits and enterprises with a social-impact mission.

2017 Shaping new skills

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 Growing interest in UX

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

2013 Initial career in Architecture

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.