Kristine Cherry has been designing websites since 2000. Her first website was dedicated to the non-profit cause of fighting against City Hall and their plan to run the Metro Orange Line through her neighborhood in Tarzana, CA. The line’s original plan did not include the important design elements the community deserved, and only through the grass-roots efforts of T.R.A.P.P.D. (Tarzana Residents Against Poor Property Development) and its regular website updates did they get all the elements (except one) that were requested. They included things the city wanted to skimp on such as landscaping, trash cans, sidewalks and bike paths. These are amenities that make the Orange Line so much more than another ugly, paved road running through a neighborhood. It is now a place that encourages neighbors to jog, bike and spend time walking with their kids and animals on a daily basis.
From there Kristine formed “Civic Site Design” and went on to work for other community projects such as Tarzana Neighborhood Council, Reseda NC, Sun Valley and C.A.N.N.D.U. NC. When the city closed off the NC system via bid process, she had already established a portfolio of small business clients and redirected her efforts to help the small business entrepreneur. Today she also does website and social media consulting, assists seniors in how to read email and navigate websites such as Facebook and sets up social media accounts for her clients.