Rachel Smith


New York or Remote



Accessibility and plain language; digital content; academic research and criticism; technical content and learning materials


I use plain language and accessible content design to clarify complex ideas and processes, reduce readers’ cognitive load, and free important information from the prison of complicated language and bad design.

In the years I've spent working as a "content person" in the design world, I've developed and edited copy for museums and exhibitions, websites, and digital products. I'm also trained as a learning designer, and enjoy using this expertise to edit and restructure educational content to serve all learners.

Finally, I have a master's degree in critical design studies, which I put to use as an editor for academic research and criticism in design, architecture, and urban studies, with an emphasis on supporting authors whose first language is not English.

A partial client list:

- NYC Mayor's Office
- Mutual Aid NYC
- Journal of Design History
- Journal of Design and Culture
- Review of Japanese Culture and Society
- Potion Design
- Trilogy Education Services / 2U
- Bread on Earth



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