Hi there, I’m Kristin De La Rosa and I’m a unicorn* with a passion for information and the human experience.

What’s a unicorn?

A designer who can write the code to bring their digital schematics to life; a coder who knows how to design what they’ve written. Relatively rare in the tech industry, you know, like a unicorn in myths of lore.

In Brief

I hold a BA in Journalism from Eastern Washington University and a BA in Digital Technology and Culture, Summa Cum Laude, from Washington State University Tri-Cities. I have more than eight years of professional experience working in design, five of which have been with an emphasis on web graphics, development, and user experience and interaction design, with agencies such as the National Weather Service and Washington State University.

My background in journalism and web design help me bring a diverse set of skills to my job. My skill set includes wireframing, prototyping, site mapping, concept sketching, strategy development, content management, long-term project management, copy writing, copy editing, event photography, video editing, graphic design, agile software development, web design and development, technical writing, and technical training. Because of my prior work in a newsroom environment, I’m at ease with tight deadlines and quick to flex my skills depending on what’s needed of me for the task at hand.

Outside of work, I enjoy consuming copious amounts of coffee (let’s be honest, that’s during work too), playing video games, geocaching, photography, creating and editing video blogs, baking and cooking, and exploring Raleigh via dog parks and nature trails with my black lab.

Work Experience

Washington State University Tri-Cities, Richland, Wash. May 2009–Nov. 2014

Web & Graphics Content Coordinator, Sept. 2012–Nov. 2014

Marketing Assistant/Intern May 2009–March 2011
General contractor, March 2011–Sept. 2012

  • Web developer: Maintain web presence for campus
  • Print media: Posters, fliers, postcards, campus signs
  • Special event photography

Orion Network Solutions, Kennewick, Wash. March 2011–present

Web designer, web developer, technical writer

  • Build and maintain GIS flood data sites for National Weather Service
  • Developer/front-end web designer/technical writer
  • Design and maintain services for National Weather Service on weather.gov
  • Design and maintain custom web sites for commercial clients
  • Designed front-end interface for Climate division for regional climate analysis tool
  • Utilize Javascript, PHP, HTML, CSS3, jQuery, MySQL for project maintenance
  • Assisted in conversion for Google inundation map updates
  • Write, copy edit and revise business documents, contracts and proposals

Tri-City Herald, Kennewick, Wash. Aug. 2006 – Feb. 2009

Advertising Creative Services Assistant

  • Create print-based graphics and layouts for advertising, marketing
  • Newsroom illustrations
  • Pagination for ad supplements

Editorial Layout Designer

  • Proof read and edit news stories
  • Paginate newspaper layouts daily
  • Editorial/feature illustrations
  • Photo and color correction
  • Headline writing
  • Maintain online photo galleries
  • Night-time “final edits” of first run of press


Washington State University Tri-Cities, Richland, Wash.

Bachelor of Art: Digital Technology & Culture, May 2010 (Summa Cum Laude)

  • Student senate Web Developer, 2009
  • Digital Technology & Culture program tutor
  • Digital Technology, Arts & Culture Club president

Eastern Washington University, Cheney, Wash.

Bachelor of Art: Journalism, Art History minor, June 2006 (Dean’s List)

  • The Easterner (student paper): Copy editor, contributing writer, cartoonist, illustrator

Columbia Basin College, Pasco, Wash.

Associate of Art, General Studies, August 2004

  • Running Start

Software + Languages

  • Photoshop
  • Illustrator
  • InDesign
  • Premiere Pro
  • After Effects
  • JavaScript
  • jQuery
  • PHP
  • Microsoft Office
  • Mac and Windows operating systems

Professional Interests

  • Women in tech
  • Information architecture
  • Intern mentoring
  • Responsive web design
  • Google Analytics


  • Wireframing
  • Front-end development
  • Graphic/web design
  • Copy writing/editing
  • Prototyping
  • Campaign tracking
  • Project management
  • Site mapping
  • Content management
  • CMS training


  • Animal rescue
  • Japanese language
  • Travel
  • Video editing
  • Nature photography

Interested in contacting me?

Find me over on LinkedIn!