Dave Riensche

Designer, Artist

Tucson, AZ, USA
Senior level visual designer specializing in user experience design for the web. Comfortable creating meaningful design and testing it. Great at collaborating and giving and receiving feedback. A professional concerned about content and mobile first design, responsive design, typography, grids, and solutions that define good design by solving problems.

Work Experience


Sr UX Designer

Currently lead designer on a new design system for an internal property management application.
August 2017 - Present United States

Tuft & Needle

Sr UX Designer

March 2016 - August 2017 United States


Senior Web Designer

Redesigned Expedia's most profitable shopping path using a new, responsive framework. Spear-headed the effort by creating design assets, evangelizing benefits of both responsive design and a more robust framework, working side-by-side with engineering to fluidly solve problems, and adjusting design solutions based on analytics acquired through A/B testing.

Designed a new experience for Expedia's customers after purchase in the Itinerary section of the website. Researched design patterns and presented findings to team. Clarified the job of the Itinerary section. Worked with team to prioritize content. Appropriated design patterns to work with Expedia's visual styles to create a new solution that performed the job required of the section. Initial testing has suggested that the design is successful, by giving travelers in the post-purchase, pre-trip phase the right information at the right time.
December 2011 - March 2016 Washington, United States

Fire Giants Interactive

Creative Director / Art Director

Lead collaborative meetings with clients to determine online creative strategy.
Create user paths and information architecture of online applications/websites through sitemaps and wireframe prototypes.
Create and develop concepts for websites based on client strategy meetings and creative brief.
Develop color palettes, graphical elements, and overall creative direction of websites.
Develop style and functionality of user interface.
Lead concept review meetings with clients.
Art direct Graphic Designers and Flash Developers once creative direction has been established.
June 2008 - December 2011 Washington, United States

RED Creative Group


Collaborated with clients to determine print and interactive strategies.
Developed site maps and information architecture.
Art directed and designed: logos, print collateral, websites, and motion graphics.
Programmed XHTML and CSS driven websites in both static form and integrated into a Content Management System.
Managed Projects from start to finish.
June 2006 - June 2008 Seattle, Washington, United States

British Higher School Of Art And Design

Year Leader, Graphic Design and Illustration

Managed GD & I Degree Program and Instructors.
Instructed Design Studies and Imagery modules.
Linked communication between Moscow and parent institution, University of Hertfordshire, London, UK.
September 2005 - May 2006 Moscow, Russia

Self Employed

Freelance Graphic Designer / Illustrator

Projects include:
Motion Graphics for The Family Guy - MTV Music Awards two-minute animation.
Motion Graphics for American Dad concept pitch to FOX.
Editing Assistant and Post-Production Coordinator for Dixie Chicks - Top of the World DVD.
Storyboarding for Mattel Tradeshow Video.
DVD Interface and supporting Poster Graphics for U.S. Marine Corps internal anti-drug campaign.
Illustrations for G-Rated Playboy TV television commercial.
Storyboarding for feature movie Cry Wolf.
May 2003 - September 2005 Seattle, Los Angeles, Moscow

Conferences And Professional Programs

Graphic Designer

Created brochures and tradeshow materials for conferences and events.
Designed and managed company web site.
August 2001 - May 2003 Pullman, Washington, United States

Apex Learning

Graphic Designer

Created collateral materials for Marketing Department.
Designed/managed projects from conception through production.
Art directed projects outsourced to creative firms.
October 1999 - May 2001 Bellevue, Washington, United States

Transportation Displays Incorporated

Graphic Designer & Production Coordinator

Managed print production of projects for third-party design firms.
Created materials promoting firm’s services, events and local sales market.
April 1999 - October 1999 Seattle, Washington, United States


The Art Institute Of Seattle

AAA Visual Communication

July 1997 - March 1999 Seattle, Washington, United States

Washington State University

BA Fine Arts

August 2001 - May 2003 Pullman, Washington, United States


Adobe CS4, After Effects, CSS, DirectSmile, Dreamweaver, DVD Studio Pro, Final Cut Pro, Fireworks, Illustrator, Indesign, Mac, PC, Photoshop, QuarkXpress, XHTML,