Hi, I'm Katrina. As Service Designer at Cantina, I draw from a wide range of personal and professional design experiences to create memorable and valuable service experiences for clients. I grew up in a family of industrial designers and engineers in which creative problem-solving was an expectation. After studying interior architecture at Cornell, I interned for various design agencies and a design software company, and then began my professional career in the architecture industry. My combined interests in graphic design, technology, and systems thinking drew me away from the physical environment and into the digital one. The varied exposure I've had at the macro-scale of architecture, the human-scale of product, and the micro-scale of 2D graphics have informed my perspective on the influences of well-designed services in user experience.
Before joining Cantina, I worked as a Designer for Gensler, where I specialized in spatial design and design strategy for professional services firms and science & technology companies. During my time at Gensler, I honed my visual design skills by creating conceptual ideas and diagrams, schematic design deliverables, and BIM models for clients. Over the last several years, I've also contributed to a book (published online) called “The Maker Program Starter Kit” at Autodesk, and participated in a project for Design Museum Boston’s “Urban Innovation Challenge,” which was on display near the Boston Harbor.
In my new role at Cantina, I use a human-centered approach to deliver design solutions that create exceptional customers experiences, both digital and physical. I focus on finding the intersection of the desirable, viable and feasible when designing products and services.
Areas of Expertise & Interest:
Spatial Design, Sustainable Design, 3D Modeling, Strategic Consulting, 2D Graphics & Rendering
"Design is a funny word. Some people think design means how it looks. But of course, if you dig deeper, it’s really how it works." - Steve Jobs
Other Fun Facts:
My first experience with digital design was redesigning the 5-Day weather forecast graphics that were broadcast to our local access television station from our high school. I have been a meteorology nerd ever since.
B.S., Design & Environmental Analysis - Cornell University