Introducing New Senior Designer – Kris Dresen

14th September 2022


Kris Dresen joins Collaborate as a Senior Designer, continuing her lifelong journey of tapping her not-so-inner child to create entertainment for today’s kids. A love of storytelling and passion for art led her to a 22-year career in children’s publishing as a designer and art director. Kris also is an Eisner Award-nominated comic artist and writer, as well as an illustrator of hundreds of greeting cards, textbooks, and workbooks. In real life, Kris draws portraits of junk food, is learning to play the drums, collects mechanical pencils, and loves spending quality time with her wife watching animated movies with their pup.

1. What is your title at Collaborate, and how would you describe your role?
I’m a Senior Designer and my role is to bring my years of experience in children’s publishing and illustration to contribute to the level of excellence that Collaborate excels at.

2. Where are you located?
After a lifetime in Chicago, I am now a resident of Staten Island, NY.

3. What skills are essential to your role at Collaborate?
My skills as an Art Director, Designer, Illustrator, and equal parts patience and a sense of urgency.

4. How long have you been working in the #kidscomms industry?
Professionally, I’ve worked in the kid’s publishing industry since 1998. Before that, I illustrated many textbooks and other children’s education books.

5. How collaborative is your role?
Completely. I’ve always enjoyed working with other creatives. Now I have the pleasure of working with all of the extremely creative folks at Collaborate.