I am a chaos wrangler. My job is to translate your creative vision into tangible, actionable items. It's to help you communicate the beautiful madness in your mind to the world, to translate your brain to those of us not living in there with you.
I am an idea architect. I can do this because I'm a creative. And I can do this because I adore order. I'm an architect by training, an artist & writer in practice. I love right angles and spreadsheets. A clearly written instruction manual is a thing of poetry. I am your translator between worlds.
I was born for this. My entire life I've found myself bringing people's creative visions into tangible action. I was the student director for my high school drama department. I spent years scheduling and coordinating yogis. Perhaps most impressive, I have coaxed comprehensive curriculums from the minds of bona-fide rock stars. As an architect I learned that my most creative work shows up when I'm working with the most restrictive requirements. I welcome the introduction of practicality into the creative world.
Originally from Chicago, Kristen trained as an architect at Rice University, Houston through graduate school before transplanting to Los Angeles to work for Richard Meier Partners (The Getty) and mega-firm Gensler (everything else).
Her design skills, married with her love of clarity of message and visual order, have found a wide breadth of application:
corporate presentation design
new company branding materials
new program development
music video set design
even printed materials for the occasional lavish wedding
Now in the small town of Ojai, California, Kristen is a single mother, writer and graphic artist. She always has a personal experimental project underway to keep her learning and on the edge of what’s possible with the tools at hand. You can track her latest endeavors (which have at times included a podcast, a recorded single, and even a book) at kristenruthsmith.com.