Hi, I'm Kirsten (pronounced KURR-stin).
My user experience research and design journey began with making clothes. In 2009 I collaborated on a human-centred design project to create apparel for people with specialized needs and was captivated by the positive impact that this approach to design can have on the lives of others. I continue to seek out projects and partnerships that aim to improve experiences and products for people through research, design, and education.
I have a PhD in Communication & Culture (focusing on innovation management in the 3D knitting industry), an MA and BDes in Fashion Design (both focusing on sustainability), & HonBA in Anthropology (specializing in linguistics and semiotic anthropology).
My diverse experiences have honed my skills as a creative, multidisciplinary problem solver, design researcher, and educator. For the past 13 years, I have led and collaborated on human-centred design research while developing and leading engaging classes in textiles, apparel, and design. My efforts in research, design, and teaching have been recognized through local and international awards. I am currently collaborating with multiple scientists and engineers at KITE, the research arm of Toronto Rehab Institute, to design and prototype wearable smart garments and accessories that will help prevent and treat health-related conditions such as heart failure and spinal cord injury. This year (2022), I initiated and directed the inaugural FIBRE Wearable Tech Hackathon, and also developed and facilitated FIBRE's Design for Healthcare workshop series.
Outside of work, my hobbies involve getting crafty: current favourites are sewing my own clothes and refinishing furniture. I also have a (growing) collection of over 200 board games.