chelsea.hostetter@ac4d.com

Alumni

Chelsea Hostetter

I am a cartoonist-turned-designer. My passion for cartooning started young with crumpled Calvin and Hobbes books and grew into design when I realized that designing something great can make more people genuinely smile than the punchline at the end of a strip. And it’s not just about smiling, it’s about improving the quality of life for everyone. Design is powerful like that. I love karaoke, video games, cartooning, traveling, and risk-taking. Speaking of risks—I graduated from Carnegie Mellon and lived abroad in Japan for a year. はい、日本語を話せる! (Yes, I speak Japanese!) Living in Japan completely changed the way I looked at human relationships and what I thought was “normal” by American standards. I currently work as a UI designer for websites. In my spare time, I run a cartooning club in Austin called Koumori Comics and make video games with my intelligent and amazingly supportive boyfriend, Matt. When I first walked into AC4D, I felt like I was charged with the same electric shock when I stepped off the plane in Tokyo. It was a mixture of anxiety, excitement, and a voracious desire to learn and do everything in this new and incredible place. I have a dream to change the world and myself for the better, and I think AC4D is where that is going to happen.

Recent blog posts

The Months After AC4D

Congratulations, students. Soon, you’ll be graduating in May. Your hard work this past year will have paid off in respect from your colleagues, your professors, and you’ll feel incredible. You also will wonder “what’s next?” and “how can I process all these feelings without reflecting on a blog?” You’ll figure that part out. Seeing as…

Graphic Recording: Hunter Sunrise @AC4D

Hello Again, World: A Reflection of Post-AC4D Life

Hello, everyone. After almost two months out of AC4D, and after meeting some of the new students who are going to be in the next year, I’ve collected my thoughts (albeit messily) on what it has been like post-graduation. This post is intended to educate the new students going in, to connect with AC4D alums,…

queery: Connecting the queer community, one person at a time.

Hello, everyone! Chelsea here, at the end of this quarter to sum up our journey with queery throughout our time in AC4D and beyond. I admit, this will be a bittersweet blog post for me. We’ve grown so much and learned a lot in this past year, and looking forward to the future is a…

The Maturation of Discourse around Social Entrepreneurship and Wicked Problems

Social entrepreneurship is a new concept; as I experienced in our readings for theory class, there are still arguments being had about what defines social entrepreneurship. That should give you an idea of how new social entrepreneurship is today. Today, I’m going to talk about the maturation of the discussion around social entrepreneurship and how it…

Motivation, Context, and Their Relation to Both Designer and Design

For the past few weeks in our Theory of Interaction Design class, we’ve been talking about the cognition of design, sense making, and the way that it interacts both in a visual stage but also in a business environment. Our task this week was to create a 2×2 diagram and place each of the authors on…

AC4D Speaker Series Graphic Recording: "Aging in Place" by Jon Freach

At AC4D’s last Speaker Series, Jon Freach spoke about his research around Aging in Place and taking the design research he did into concept. I did a graphic recording of the talk for your viewing pleasure, and I hope you enjoy it! If you haven’t already, go check out the AC4D Speaker Series! This Wednesday…

queery: "Is it working…?" and Our Ponderous Process

Hey everyone! Alex and I have been touch and go on the blog posts, and I do apologize—today I’m making up for it by posting some progress shots to show you where we’ve come from, and what we have so far. As Alex mentioned, we’ve come out of the end of this developer hole that…

New Quarter, New Queery

Welcome to Quarter 4, everyone! Alex and I last posted, Queery was a fully fleshed-out design concept that we presented to a panel of entrepreneurs and designers. The initial response we received was very positive, and overall, we’re pleased to see that Queery is resonating not only in the hearts of trans* folk, but in…

Whose Context is This, and Do I Care?: A Look Into Technology and How it Affects Us Contextually

In our theory class this quarter, we have been reading about the way technology inserts itself into society, and what its relevance is. Today, I’d like to share with you some of the main threads of these eight readings and provide some basis for discussion around the concept of who owns context in our society. By…

The Spectrum Project Update 7: Testing, Testing, 1, 2, 3…

As my design partner Alex explained in his blog post, from CoffeeRoulette was born Queery, a service exclusively for the trans* and gender variant community for pairing people together for safe, one-on-one interactions with one another within a curated community. When we last left you, we were going to test our wireframes with users—so far,…

The Spectrum Project Update 5: Validating Assumptions

When we last left off, we had presented the first iteration of CoffeeRoulette—a service that helps forge friendships between two trans*friendly people over coffee and a game. CoffeeRoulette’s best features include: a curated community of trans*friendly folks, initially seeded by the alpha testers in the trans*community. a no-hassle 45-minute timed meeting to meet with others…

Medium-Fidelity Storyboarding: My Process

Hello, everyone! Some folks from AC4D have been asking me how I do my storyboards for classes. I haven’t had a chance yet to sit down and go through my process in-person, so I’d like to document this on the blog for everyone. I’ll go over my ideation process, the sketching process, and then shading…

The Spectrum Project Update 3: three4three

Hello everyone! Chelsea here, with the third update for the Spectrum Project. As Alex talked about in our previous update, we were due for a pivot in our idea based on the direction we were going and the critiques we received. After a long talk on Sunday, and mapping out our next steps in a…

The Power of Influence

Lately, I’ve been thinking about what it means to be an influencer of others. As a designer, it is my duty to focus my work around my intended users (the trans* and gender variant community), it is my job to think of solutions for innately wicked problems (safety, gender expression and body dysmorphia), but it…

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