Breakout

Christina Carrasquilla

Senior Lecturer, Arizona State University

Christina Carrasquilla is a Senior Lecturer in Graphic Information Technology at Arizona State University, the Co-Director of the Device & Usability Learning Lab, the Education + Mentorship Director for AIGA Arizona, and Mandela Washington Fellowship Reciprocal Exchange Awardee. She was named Fulton Schools of Engineering Outstanding Lecturer 2017.

 

Get to know Christina

Tell us about a project or accomplishments from the past 10 years that had a major impact on your life or career.
Collaborating with Mandela Washington Fellow Janet Silantoi to create pathways to STEM careers in Samburu, Kenya was my most impactful career project to date. I left with my mind full of knowledge, my heart full of joy, and my soul refreshed. 

What is your favorite color, and why?
Pantone Navy Blue 19-3832 TCX, RGB 64 63 111, HEX #403f6f
Pantone Hot Pink 17-1937 TCX, RGB 229 89 130, HEX#e55982
Like the majority of humans, I cite blue as my favorite color; however I am in the minority of that group for preferring darker shades of blue. And hot pink is my personal brand, from my hair to my nails. 

What keeps you going when you’re focused on a project? Is there a particular saying or song that gets you moving?
When I need to kick ass, I play my Lady Boss playlist on Spotify

What’s your superpower, or one you wish you had?
I wish I could stop time, like Evie from the 1987 TV sitcom Out of This World. I would mostly use it to get more sleep. 

What design or career advice would you give to your younger self?
Dial down the diva girl, you’re not all that.

If you were given the opportunity to see into the future, what would you want to know?
I would want to see into the future so as to avoid running into my future self. “The consequences of that could be disastrous!” – Doc Brown, Back to the Future II

How do you think design impacts your everyday life? The community?
Design is all around us and greatly impacts our lives every second — from using wayfinding to get to where we’re going to choosing products and services. 

If you hadn’t ended up in the career you are in, what do you think you’d be doing?
Concert clarinetist. I have a BA in Music and if I hadn’t fallen in love with design technology in my last course at university, I’d be playing clarinet.    

Attend Christina’s breakout presentation “Increasing Diversity in Tech and Raising the Status of Women” on Saturday, October 12 at the PHXDW Evolve Design Conference.