Rachel Arredondo

Rachel Arredondo

Designer | Futurist, She / They


A planner with an aesthetic sense, I design for the future I want to exist. Interested in futures, AI, and building community.

Work Experience

2022 — Now
San Fransisco
2021 — 2021

I led a team of industrial and computational designers to develop “Blue Ceramics,” a modular system of ceramic tiles for restoring seagrass meadow ecosystems

  • Designed illustrations, data visualizations, and presentation assets to convey key information in clear, easy to consume styles for both internal and external stakeholders
  • Crafting a participatory design process between designers and scientists to design an ecological intervention
  • Physical prototyping with ceramics using digital fabrication processes (3D printing, CNC)
2020 — 2021

I transitioned into a UX design role refining my skills in user-centered-design, qualitative user research, and interface design.

  • Managed end-to-end product development at a rapidly scaling startup across 3 teams
  • Conducted user research calls to identify key user pain points and communicated findings back for sensitive feature changes
  • Collaborated with PMs to define multiple user scenarios and flows, wireframes, high-fidelity designs, and interactive prototypes
2018 — 2020

I was brought on as the first visual designer and illustrator for the marketing site. As the company scaled, I refined my skills in systems thinking, UX, and data-driven design.

  • Built a flexible marketing design system and component library
  • Improve site functionality and usability through targeting key changes to the IA and UX
  • Creating a modular illustration, icon, animation asset system
2016 — 2017
Potter at Different • Opinion Design Studio
Kasama, Japan

I apprenticed pottery under Kobayashi Michio, second-generation master potter, learning traditional Japanese pottery techniques

2014 — 2016
Daigo, Japan

I was a mountain hermit & ESL teacher in rural Japan to the sweetest high school kids


2020 — 2021
Masters of Human-Computer Interaction at Carnegie Mellon University
Pittsburgh, PA
2009 — 2014
Bachelor of Digital Arts, Professional Writing at University of North Carolina Wilmington
Imagining Racially Just Futures at CMU HCII Anti-Bias Learning Committee
Pittsburgh, PA
Ceramics x Product Design: Parallel Crafts at AMUX (Morning UX Meetup)
Atlanta, GA




As part of my MHCI capstone, we paired with the Data Visualization group at PNNL to design guidelines for misinformation mitigation.

  • Synthesized research data to model the systems and relationships around human-AI collaboration such as AI trust, and social media engagement
  • Established system of 6 interface guidelines and tools for design interventions to address misinformation spread through iterative prototyping and testing