Rachelle "Raye" Abellar is a designer and illustrator based in Seattle, Washington, with a background in Visual Communications and extensive experience working with a diverse range of clients.
She is the founder of PNW Fattitude, a group that aims to foster a fat-positive community by providing a safe space for people of size to celebrate their bodies, have fun, get inspired, find support, and connect with others.
She was also one of the founders & Manager of Design of GeekGirlCon, a nonprofit organization dedicated to celebrating and promoting awareness of the female geek.
Raye enjoys video games, Doctor Who, purikura, oxford commas, self-serve frozen yogurt, Netflix Instant Watch, roller derby, and making mix cds.
She is available for commissions, freelance opportunities, and impromptu adventures.
Resume available upon request.
Rachelle is a talented designer, who is both extremely competent and professional at her job. She is a pleasure to work with and a great asset for the entire team. Rachelle cares about her colleagues and always works to help those around her, sharing expertise and making sure that everyone around her can succeed. Having her on the team makes the whole team function better and the work fun. Her design skills are fantastic, and she delivers her high quality work on time. I would hire her in an instant and work with her again anywhere.
—Amanda Powter, Executive Director at GeekGirlCon
Rachelle is AMAZING. Always reliable, willing to pick up projects, and assist with delegating and setting up briefs; my job would be impossible without her. Especially during con-season. Her dedication, and ability to prioritize multiple tasks, all while setting up design briefs is 2nd to none. Raye's design aesthetic is always clean, witty, fun, and proofs are churned out quickly. Because of her ability to work within deadlines and consistently produce high-quality work, she's always a joy to work with.
—Tammy Vince Cruz, Design Manager & Vice President at GeekGirlCon
Raye is a creative visual communicator, striking a perfect balance of clarity and unique, aesthetic charm. She is able to reflect and visually enrich core brand values, while adhering to the realities of production guidelines. Above and beyond a strong understanding of design process, her creative intuition allows her to innately understand your design goals, helping you realize its vision, while getting you what you need with clear communication and efficient professionalism.
—Jennifer K. Stuller, Writer, Pop Culture Historian, & Programming Director for GeekGirlCon
Rachelle is an amazing designer. She's extremely hard-working and creatively driven. Rachelle is very passionate about her work. She's very receptive to all feedback—both the good and the bad—as she wants to make her designs the best they can be. Rachelle is a joy to work with and an invaluable asset to GeekGirlCon and our Design Team.
—Erica McGillivray, Community Attaché at SEOmoz
Rachelle's designs for GeekGirlCon are fun, creative, and always on brand. She is a tremendous asset by always delivering her materials on time, making sure every detail is addressed, being extremely creative, and a joy to work with!
—Kelly Clark, Project Coordinator at James Clark Design
You know that one person in your group that makes work feel like fun, yet still manages to go above and beyond with her own deliverables? That's Raye. She gets projects done fast and makes changes even faster. I never had to worry about graphics if she was working the project. Great communication and always on top of everything, Raye is a pleasure to work with.
—Alicia McBarron, Quality Engineer II at Panasonic Avionics Corp.