About

Hi, I’m Krisztina Kun.

Principal, strategist & developer (she/her)

I’m a web developer and strategist with 25 years’ experience in the non-profit sector. Since 2010, I’ve been building custom WordPress websites for progressive organizations. I’m committed to creating inclusive, accessible websites and build to a baseline of WCAG 2.2 AA standards.

I lead organizations through the build process with efficiency and empathy, explain technical information plainly, and collaborate with other experts to provide an agency experience.

My education includes: Bachelor of Arts, English and Gender-studies, UVic; Non-profit Governance, Justice Institute of BC; Immersive Web Development Bootcamp, Juno College of Technology

My story

I’ve had a keen sense of justice and fairness since I was a child, and have always had the urge to make things better. My family fled a dictatorship in Romania and we came to Canada as refugees when I was four. I learned English in kindergarten and grew up in Hamilton Ontario, moving around every few years and changing schools often. Because of this, I never really felt like I belonged, and I would often look around the room and check for others who were also left out.

My parents joined a church when I was a teenager and it gave me my first taste of really belonging to a community. And while organized religion wasn’t for me, I flourished in a structure that was devoted to “trying to be good” and my natural leadership tendencies started to take root.

I left my working-class background to study English and Women’s Studies at the University of Victoria. There, I took that “do good” attitude and joined many activist and student groups. It was the time of the anti-globalization movement and protests like the WTO in Seattle. I explored and grew into my values including intersectional feminism, Indigenous and global solidarity, environmental justice and labour rights. I also had the space and freedom to discover my queerness.

I’ve always felt comfortable with technology and communication so I gravitated towards it with every issue I worked on. I started learning how to make websites in the late 90s in order to help create Indymedia in Victoria. I got involved with campus and community radio and had both music and political shows throughout the years in Hamilton, Victoria and Vancouver.

After I graduated, I moved to Vancouver and promptly got involved with organizing a political music festival for many years (Under the Volcano, RIP) and started working at a Public Interest Research Group where I taught university students how to be activists. I started gravitating towards communication and design and after taking some classes and working part-time as a library assistant, I got a job as a graphic designer for the Vancouver Public Library. I was juggling both jobs and multiple volunteer obligations when I suffered a head injury that made me recalibrate my vision of meaningful work.

I could no longer work, sitting at a desk, 9-5, under fluorescent lights. I had been starting to help friends and community groups make websites in my spare time and after taking a year off to rest and recover, I decided to learn coding for real. I flew to Toronto to take a front-end web development bootcamp from the people behind Ladies Learning Code.

When I came back, I was determined to start my own business but I was offered a job as a web developer for Vancity Credit Union. I took that contract and quickly realized again that sitting at a desk, 9-5, under fluorescent lights just wasn’t for me.

Since 2015, I’ve been running KunStudios full-time. I’ve taken my background in organizing, my tech skills and my leadership abilities and combined them to problem-solve, strategize and create meaningful websites for organizations working for the public good.

My sweet spot is mid-sized organizations that have undergone some kind of strategic planning and know what they want to achieve. I use my insider/outsider perspective to advocate for the inclusion of all users, push for accessibility, and create simple and effective solutions.

Check out my client list with links to case studies and sites I’ve built, my services page, and my Linkedin for a more detailed work and education history.

I now live in a housing co-op in East Vancouver with my partner and cat. I love riding my bike and reading books in coffee shops, hiking in the local mountains, camping (especially on Vancouver Island) and travelling when I can.

Values

I use technology to advance causes for the public good. I think the process is just as important as the final product and I approach all my work with these values:

Social justice

I work with progressive clients who are building a more just, sustainable and meaningful world.

Mutual respect

I collaborate in a spirit of mutual respect, with clear communication and good intentions.

Curiosity

I’m genuinely interested in you and your work. I ask questions. I try to find the root of any problem, even if it’s not a quick or easy solution.

Accessibility and inclusion

I prioritize accessible and inclusive design, content and development in all the websites I build. I include training on accessibility in all my projects.

Appropriate technology

I will never push a shiny new app on you, or talk you into technology that’s not necessary for your organization or website. I don’t want to burden you with technological debt.

Sustainability

I partner with and recommend companies that use green energy and try to build light sites that load fast and use fewer resources.

Collaborators

Jason Aune

IT and Systems Support (he/they)

Jason is an administrative and technological support professional who mediates the relationship between systems, assets, data, secrets, people, workflow(s) and technology on the web and IRL (in real-life).

Jason has degree from SFU’s Faculty of Communication, Art and Technology and many years of consulting experience supporting technology for non-profits, solopreneurs and small businesses. He prioritizes non-technical talk, enjoys deploying solutions that eliminate complexity, and fosters a supportive, patient, and positive environment.

Lisa Hemingway, iilo Creative Alliance

Creative Director, Graphic Designer (she/her)

Lisa is a communication designer with two decades of experience working for changemaker clients amplifying their ambitious missions with compelling design collateral.

With a Bachelor of Communication Design from Emily Carr University, she is committed to continual learning, specifically in the area of sustainable design which includes accessible design. She has expertise in branding, publication design and web design. Lisa loves to simplify the interconnected visual systems that complex branding and website projects require.

Madelen Ortega, iilo Creative Alliance

Project Manager, Communications Strategist (she/her)

Madelen is a values-driven problem solver who thrives when creativity and mission collide.

She holds a Diploma in Journalism from Macewan University and has 26 years’ experience leading complex, time-sensitive and impact-driven website, design and marketing/communications projects. She specializes in supporting creative teams to do their best work and nurturing relationships with changemaker clients in many sectors. Madelen has a sharp eye for clear communications and strategic positioning, and leads communications and content strategy on client projects.

“KunStudios are incredibly thoughtful and skilled in their process, strategy, and approach.

The way you uphold your values in not only the outcome, but throughout the project really shines through. It allowed for so much shared learning and mutual care into the work we were doing together.”

Iman Baobeid
Manager of Communications (on leave), West Coast LEAF