About Karen

I’ve been working as a graphic designer for several years. I’ve learned that the process of designing is as important as the final design itself. Structure gives the design strength.

My experience comes from working in several types of organizations that range from volunteer to the University of Michigan to owning my own company. Projects range from posters with matching postcards to hand-coded emails to a six-booklet series. Working with such a wide variety of projects and people has taught me to be a good communicator and a motivated self-starter.

My process involves talking with the client to understand the “why” behind their project. Knowing this is important to creating a successful design. While designing, I like to talk with the client for feedback to make sure I’m on the right track. It’s also important to understand their brand, from designs to positioning.

File structure and organization is important to me. I use the same folder structure with each new project to make sure files stay organized and easy to find in the future.

My education includes an Associate’s Degree in Computer Graphics Technology from Schoolcraft College and a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts with a concentration in Graphic Design from Eastern Michigan University.

See more about my work history at LinkedIn.

My Skills

Adobe Creative Suite

Photoshop
Illustrator
InDesign
Dreamweaver

Email, CMS, etc.

Hubspot
MailChimp
Constant Contact
WordPress
Drupal
Joomla
Google Docs
Microsoft Office

Hand Coding

HTML
CSS
Familiar with:
Javascript and PHP

Project Management

Asana
Evernote

I’m able to take a project from start to finish, from sketch on a napkin to printed and beautiful. Make a cup of tea and look through my portfolio for a few examples.

Contact me for my resume.