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Hi y'all. I'm Rachel Arredondo.

I use design methods and frameworks as a tool for translating big ideas into tangible experiences. As an early designer at Calendly, I learned how to quickly balance speed with scale to design experiences for trust and simplicity. I recently finished my graduate studies at CMU to solidify my expertise in thinking about design, product, and research at a systems level.

Before design, I lived another life an apprentice to a Japanese master potter and a ESL teacher in rural Japan for several years. This experience instilled in me a deep appreciation of the natural world, the tenderness of humans, a careful eye, and a love of detail.




Carnegie Mellon University - Masters of Human-Computer Interaction


University of North Carolina Wilmington - Bachelor of Arts in Digital Art and Professional Writing

speaking & workshops


Evoking the world you want to build: Engaging people in future visions - Pittsburgh Racial Justice Summit, Pittsburgh, PA


Natured-centered design - Morphing Matter Lab, Pittsburgh, PA

Reimagining the Futures Cone - RSD10, TU Delft Netherlands

Envisioning new futuring models - IASDR, Hong Kong

Design methods for creating long-term visions - Pittsburgh Racial Justice Summit, Pittsburgh, PA


Imagining Racially Just Futures in Education - CMU HCII Anti-Bias Committee, Pittsburgh, PA


Ceramics x Product: Design through iteration - AMUX(UX Meetup), Atlanta, GA

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