Bio photo 2-blackwhiteKris Ruff is a designer with a passion for color and pattern. Her playful designs use simple shapes and saturated colors in surprisingly sophisticated ways. The result is an energetic style that’s as modern as it is timeless, giving her products wide-ranging appeal. She encourages people to have fun with color and pattern and surround themselves with products they love.

Kris has had a long and varied career in design. After earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Wisconsin, she worked as a graphic designer and art director in Minneapolis. She enjoyed working with a variety of clients including Walt Disney Company, Delta Airlines, Acura and Toyota. After ten years in advertising it was time for a change and she started her own company, GoWear, combining her design skills with a newfound passion: skydiving. The result was a brand of skydiving-related t-shirts and other apparel which sold in the US, Great Britain and Australia. (Kris continues to skydive, logging some 3500 jumps over the course of several decades.)

Her life-long love of pattern, color and interior design eventually lead her into surface design. She’s influenced by the clean graphics and saturated hues of Scandinavian design and finds inspiration in nature and on her travels. Kris lives and works near Minneapolis in a century-old home with her two kids, two cats and one husband.