Kristen has been working for over 10 years in advertising and design. She studied Advertising at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. While there she started a website company and was an entrepreneur for 3 years following; designing product interfaces, and running new business. She got her feet wet through the AAAA’s MAIP at Leo Burnett and Grey Worldwide.
She moved to New York fulltime to work as a designer at GSG Design in 2005. From there she made her move to become an art director at Gotham. Her coding side melded with her art direction and her digital work at Gotham got her promoted to interactive art director.
In 2010 Kristen moved to San Francisco to pursue another coast and worked as an interactive art director for EURO RSCG (now Havas Worldwide), Swirl, and Benefit Cosmetics. She explored the tech startup world when she joined AwayFind as their designer. During her time there she also taught Interactive Advertising at the Academy of Art University.
She returned to her hometown of Chicago in 2012 to complete her MFA in Visual Communication and Interaction Design at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.