Athene Ruiz, Designer
A patient problem solver, with an easy sense of humor and always quick to smile, Athene engages with the world around her through listening. It’s an approach that’s especially helpful when working on long-term, multi-faceted design projects — projects that quickly evolve from a single concept into a brand story — that Athene is eager to help tell.
Though Athene brings a web and digital focus to Widgets, at home, she uses more traditional tools and methods of delivery for her creative pursuits. Using ink, she makes small linocut block prints and calligraphy studies that she mails to friends and designers around the world. This personal work is about connecting with other people — and herself — through art and time.
Athene was born in Manta, Ecuador, but spent her whole life moving before landing in Chattanooga six years ago. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a BFA in graphic design. A foodie and bowler, she enjoys spending time with pup, Zero, and discovering new places close to home and abroad.