David Riensche


Hello there.

I have been designing and building websites since 2000, among other creative pursuits. My visual design focus of the web world shifted to a UX emphasis around 2011 when I first left an interactive agency and joined the UX team of a large tech company. I spent around five years working on user shopping experiences, then spent about a year transitioning into what would become a systems designer role. From around 2017 to the present, I have been a lead designer working primarily on design systems. If you'd ever like to talk shop, please connect with me through LinkedIn or via the contact button below.

Professional timeline


Seattle, WA. Graduated with honors from the Art Institute of Seattle with a AAA degree in Visual Communication.


Dot-com bubble bursts. After working professionally as a print graphic designer for 1.5 years, I was laid off. I decided this was a good opportunity to do a little more schooling and get a 4-year degree.


Pullman, WA. Graduated Magna Cum Laude from Washington State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts.


Los Angeles, CA. Freelanced for a year. Became certified to teach English as a second language.


Moved to Moscow, Russia. Taught English through various agencies.


Taught design and illustration at the British Higher School of Art & Design (Moscow).


Moved back to Seattle, WA. Joined RED Creative Group with long-time friend and fellow designer, Ryan Riley. Learned HTML and CSS so we could offer additional web design services to small businesses.


Sold RED to a small interactive agency, also in the Seattle area, and I joined their team as an Art Director, eventually became Creative Director.


Took a position with Expedia as a web designer on their UX team. Learned that hypotheses weren’t just for scientists. Worked on lodging shopping experiences.


Transferred to San Francisco, CA. Worked on traveler itinerary experiences and design systems.


Became very serious about working full-time remote. Took a job with a company that offered remote positions.


Returned to Expedia in a full-time remote position. Have been leading the design effort on a design system for supplier experiences ever since.

More info

The visual design of this website is heavily inspired by newspaper layout and typography, editorial design in general, and a fondness for elegant textures. The fonts used are Caslon RR Extra Condensed, Minion Pro, and Izoard. There is a subtle texture over the background of the entire site that was downloaded from toptal.com and edited to taste in Affinity Photo. I created the headline texture using Photo's stock brushes. It was designed in Figma and built using Webflow, which I'm pretty in love with these days.