Kirsten is a designer with skills in visual design, interface design, user experience design, and front-end web development. She is the Senior Visual Communications Designer at Creative Studio, Simon Fraser University. Previously she was a Learning Systems Designer & Developer at the Teaching and Learning Centre at SFU. She was also on the marketing team for Translink. Kirsten has a Masters of Art degree and a Bachelor of Applied Science degree from the School of Interactive Arts and Technology at Simon Fraser University. Many of the website and app projects lead or designed by Kirsten have won awards including: Horizon Interactive Awards, Webby Awards, and the Canadian Network for Innovation in Education (CNIE/RCIE) Media Festival Award.
Kirsten is an independent filmmaker / media artist and focuses her love of interaction design and video in the interactive stories she creates. Her interactive videos encourage viewers to become an editor of the video in the designed system. By picking and choosing what they want to watch, viewers change their experience of the story. Her interactive videos have been showcased at various festivals and conferences including: Women in Film Festival, iDMAa IDEAS Digital Narrative exhibition, and ACM International Conference on Multimedia. Her research on interactive film has been published in the Journal of the International Digital Media and Arts Association, and was presented at the Imaging Cinema, India Institute of Technology in Madras, and at the School of Interactive Arts and Technology at Simon Fraser University.
Kirsten is also an video editor and was nominated for a Leo Award in 2011 for Best Picture Editing of a Short Drama for Therapy. Her other short films have won first and second place at the Arts Connect: Quick Flick Challenge.