I am Riikka Puustinen, Finnish freelance sailor with UX Design background. High Arctic wilderness is close to my heart.

Sailing Qualifications

I hold a RYA Ocean Yachtmaster license (Sail) with appropriate certificates for commercial endorsement.

  • RYA Yachtmaster Ocean (Sail)
  • MCA Medical Care aboard a ship
  • MCA ENG1 Medical Certificate
  • MCA STCW 95 Basic Safety Training
  • RYA Powerboat Level 2
  • RYA Professional Practices and Responsibilities
  • RYA Marine Radio Short Range (VHF/DSC)
  • RYA Radar
  • RYA / MCA Small Craft Basic Sea Survival
  • RYA Diesel Engine Maintenance


Other Qualifications

  • PADI Advanced Open Water Diver
  • PADI Dry Suit Diver
  • BCU 2* Kayaker

I'm based in the UK

UX Design

I have taken time off from urban lifestyle and pursued the great outdoors after 13+ years of international digital service design work. I may be persuaded to do design or teaching for the right project.

In my latter designer days I was interested in sustainable design and have co-authored an academic paper about design of sustainable consumer technology. This was presented in USENIX conference, SustainIT workshop in 2010, San Jose, California.


  • MA in Digital Media, FIN 2003
  • BA in Multimedia Production, FIN 2000
  • Audiovisual Culture, FIN 1997
  • Journalism, FIN 1995

Recent Employment

Freelance Sailor & occasional designer

Compact Sailor
Sep 2012 – Sep 2014

Senior UX Designer

Frostblossom Ltd
London UK
Feb 2009 – Sep 2012
Clients: The BBCVodafoneOrangeNokiaSamsung

Senior Design Consultant

Telecom Express
London UK
July 2008 – Feb 2009
Clients: The GuardianThe TimesThe Sun and Daily Mail

Service Design Lead
Senior Interaction Designer

Fjord Ltd
London UK & FIN
Jan 2006 – Apr 2008
Clients: NokiaThe BBCOrangeYahoo! & Swisscom

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