Designer // communication & media specialist

HER FRIENDS CALL HER THE FAIRY DESIGN MOTHER
Kiri was born at a young age, and immediately (OK, not immediately) began making things, fueled by curiosity, creativity, and frustration with traditional (test-focused, lecture-based, prison-like) education.

She taught herself to play guitar (she had all the right influences to be great at it), started a band, and with a (legal!) copy of Photoshop 5, dove headfirst into designing websites (remember frames?), promotional flyers, and album artwork. After a few post-college retail jobs, she had assembled a modest (it was bad, y’all) portfolio and landed her first job as a graphic designer. Since then, she has worked on three multi-million dollar capital campaigns (they made more than she did), supervised in-house print production (machines > people?), and shown her fine art works in galleries across the country (OK, three cities).

She currently resides in Grand Rapids, Michigan, loves abstract expressionism (no, your three-year-old couldn’t make that), introverts hard, and talks about Star Wars characters as if they are real people.

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KIRI LIKES:
Bold, limited color palettes
Sans Serif
Strong composition
Minimalism
Analog+Digital hybridization
Emotional pull
Sincerity
Trend-informed originality
Simplicity


KIRI DISLIKES:
Text close to the edge
Novelty type
Loose writing
Maximalism
Stock Imagery
Pandering
Joylessness
Bandwagons
Clutter


KIRI ADMIRES:
Jay Maisel
Michael Bierut
Patti Smith
Sharon Olds
Aaron Draplin
Grace Bonney
Karin Dreijer
Sarah McBride
Mark Rothko

fave art tools


Cheap Foam Brushes
Daler Rowney FW Acrylic Inks
Liquitex acrylic paints & gel mediums
Caran d’Ache Swiss Wood pencils
Moo erasers
Copic markers
Canson art papers

fave Digital tools


Canon cameras, lenses & printers
Adobe Creative Cloud
Wacom tablets
MacBook Pro
Wordpress
Avid Pro Tools
Hahnemühle fine art papers

fave idea tools


Comic books (mostly Marvel)
Poetry
Exercise
Museums
Art
Music
Sleep


Designer Geek-Outs & Nerd References
99%
Knowing Glances
95%
Backup Shoes
90%
Taco Elitism
95%
Vague Skill bar percentages
100%