About Us

We seek the why before defining the what.

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Kristin Valentine

Kristin had every intention of becoming a famous Oboist, but after getting her degree she went into design and technology, first as an interactive designer, and later a web developer.

She worked both with large international companies like Sharp Labs to design and prototype smart TV interfaces and smart home devices, as well as with smaller companies where she helped bring their brand to the web. As a full time developer, she has championed accessibility, thoughtful systems implementation, and user-centric interfaces.

Kristin thinks it should be pronounced GIF.

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Matthew Oliphant

Matthew has been getting people from WTF to FTW since 1999. He has led the design and development efforts of several software products, redesigned large-scale corporate design and development processes, led research efforts to understand the needs of organ transplant recipients and helped shut down two businesses, for which the owners heartily thanked him.

Matthew thinks it should be pronounced GIF.

Shared Activities for Community

Kristin and Matthew are two of the three people who run Refresh Portland, a nonprofit organization devoted to education, building community, highlighting new voices, and offering interesting perspectives on web-related topics.

Shared Activities for Fun

We know the best and worst ramen in Portland. Matthew’s current favorite: Kayo’s Ramen. Kristin’s current favorite: Mirakutei. We’re always happy to discuss your project over a piping hot bowl of noodles. Especially if your project is in Japan.

Let’s work together

Have a question? Want to know more about what we can do for you? Send us a brief description of your project, and we'll get in touch.

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