Collage of Kristins

Professionally, I create things for the web. In my free time, I watch Korean Dramas, research genealogy, and visit my friends.

I used to replace the inside of watches with tiny prints of my watercolor paintings.  If you see me wearing a watch, that doesn’t always mean I know the time. I occasionally look through photos of abandoned places or read about history. I love video games and when it comes to Halo, I’m pretty good for a girl. I like Bubble Tea and karaoke, My favorite actor is Edward Norton. Some of my professional idols are Jakob NielsenLuke Wroblewski and Ethan Marcotte. I’m spontaneous, serious, and silly.

Because how I come across to others is a part of who I am, I’ve asked my friends to take a shot at describing me.  Let’s see how this goes…

Note: The quotes below have been run through checks for both spelling and inside jokes.

zakYou may think you know what you want, but I know something you want even though you don’t know it yet. You want to have Kristin Richey in your life.

Here is why.

Sometimes I feel like I’m a creative person, but I only tend to feel that way when I’m not in close proximity to Kristin. When I do have the pleasure of being in her company, I have this strange feeling of intimidation. Not in the traditional sense of the word though, it’s more of a sensation that melds intimidation and inspiration together, driving me to elevate myself and my work to the level she already resides at.

This isn’t a feeling that’s developed over years either, it was nearly instant, and it’s likely you’ll feel the same way if the both of you should ever talk.

While this feeling does contain an element of pressure, it’s only in a positive way. I’ve felt pressured when I photographed her, but that only helped me to create a stronger image. I’ve felt pressured when I’ve shown her my newest designs, but that only helped me design something even more compelling. I feel pressure writing this right now, and I can only hope that pressure leads me to transcribe my thoughts accurately enough to express why my life is better because she is a small part of it.

Kristin and I have never lived close to each other, and we now live further apart than ever, but I’ve just come to realize that the feeling I’m describing isn’t one that has faded with distance. Everytime I post an image online, I know she will see it, and as silly as it sounds, a “like” from Kristin Richey is actually worth something. If you manage to impress her, you know you’ve done something special.

So this feeling, this sensation, this energy I’ve described is just one small element of what makes up Kristin Richey, but it’s this ability to better everyone around her that makes her so exceptional.

Now I made a fairly bold statement at the beginning of this story that you would want Kristin Richey in your life. If my words have failed to convince you of that, let blame fall on me. I suggest you meet her for yourself, and before you know it, you’ll be taking time out of your day to write something like this for her, because you’ll want to help everyone else understand this extraordinary person that you’ve come to know.

jonKristin is a very unique person, and one of the most interesting people I have worked with. Her organizational skills are very strong and (she) does an amazing job at keeping the Prototype Service Team and the User Interface Designers, who are interested in doing prototyping at State Farm, organized and keeping the communication strong. She has great coding skills in HTML, CSS, and Javascript. While she is awesome at so many things, like all humans we have our flaws. Her flaw: She hasn’t seen Dr. Who. I mean come on?!?! who hasn’t seen Dr. Who?

joeyKristin is a peculiar gal, but what I have always absorbed from her personality are motherly qualities. Although at times I remember Kristin to be a bit reclusive, Kristin has always had a gentle, warm-hearted attraction to her. Although losing touch and being of different ages, She has always been welcoming and easy going to reacquaint with through the years. Overall a good person.

chrisI’ve known Kristin for 13 years, and she is one of the few truly creative and talented people I have ever met. She is determined, strong willed, and just an all around wonderful person. You’ll be hard pressed to find someone as unique as her. She is one of a kind.

rellYou are a great person, more funny than I thought, and (I’m) glad we all got a chance to know one another while working the daily grind at SF, you never what to expect in that noggin of yours and I like that because you’re kind, funny, smart, weird, and caring and at the end of the day a real friend … and definitely glad we all have met one another.

davidKristin Kristin Kristin! It’s been quite some time since I’ve seen this girl, but I definitely had a great end of my high school years with her! We bonded over a couple of similar interests (Smashing Pumpkins anyone?), and laughed over our not so similar interests (my obsession of weird dance music and becoming a preppy, uber tan trend setter). Either way, we had a couple years off and then randomly hung out again. And let me tell you, the laughs didn’t stop there, we had a great time doing the dumbest things like grocery shopping! It’s always a friendship I have cherished and I look back and smile sometimes when I think about how silly we were as little chitlins, and how grown up (ick) we have become over the years!

billSweet, spontaneous and smart. Reads a little like a book review blurb, doesn’t it? Sorry, I hope you weren’t expecting anything especially insightful.

nickWhat can I say about Kristin … we like to give each other !@%$ all the time, especially when we would play Halo for God knows how long. She’s a pretty cool person though, and we can always have a good laugh after all the !@%$#-ing we may do.

daniYou have awesomely thick hair. As a girl with fine and lifeless hair I’m always envious of those with big hair. I didn’t know you very well but my boyfriend and his friends at the time (circa 2004) thought you were really rad and I have yet to find a reason to dispute that. You adore your children and it shows through your photos, so from one mom to another, keep rocking on!

mattKristin has a very strong work ethic and in my short time working with her she demonstrated a strong desire to constantly expand and improve upon her creative skill set. She’s also exceedingly nice and polite, even when you know she wants to punch you for listening to music too loudly through headphones when sitting directly behind her.

shawnaOkay so I’ve known you since we were 13, about 19 years (hope my math is right) and you are crazy, always have been! But that’s what I love about you. So original. Always dancing to your own beat! Believe it or not folks when I met Kristin in 8th grade (she was in 7th). She was ssssooo trendy! All name brand! More high heel shoes and knee highs then a girl should have. Anyways that didn’t last long, she found herself a lot quicker than a lot of us! Love you girl!!!

dawnI can describe you as sweet, FUNNY … YOU’RE A SURVIVOR. You’re kind hearted. … I’m really glad I got to know you. I’m glad you were part of our lives.

ianFrom the little I know, I would say you are driven. As well as pretty clumsy

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