Black Graphics works with nonprofits to develop effective branding visuals, and communications via print and screen. I'll help you develop the right strategy to tell your story through engaging, visually distinctive graphic design. And we'll work closely with you, to identify the objectives of your project to deliver the right message in the best way.
FOUNDATIONS Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Blue Shield of California Foundation Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Stewardship Council The PEW Charitable Trusts
NON-PROFITS Action for Healthy Food Alameda County Health Department Appalachian Mountain Club Arte Publico Association of Infill Builders Best Start LA Better Futures CBI ChangeLab Solutions ChildFirst Community Economics, Inc. Contra Costa County Conservation Land Group Conservation Law Foundation Eastern Forest Partnership Engineering & Utility Contractors Association (EUCA) Fakhoora.org Fiesta de Artes Goldman Environmental Prize Greenbelt Alliance Green House Project GreenInfo Network Guttmacher Institute Kiwanis Club of Los Gatos LA Partnership Highlands Coalition Map the Vote Marin City Marin Jewish Community Center Monterey Pines Forest Watch Music at Meyer Natural Heritage Institute NorthwestSEED Old First Concerts Open Space Council PCL Public Health Institute Public Health Law & Policy Saving Our Sons Scottish Cultural & Arts Foundation Sempervirens Fund Sierra Watch SPUR TLC Foundation Welcome Baby WRA (previously LAWFUND)
MID- & LARGE-SIZED BUSINESSES Backflip Bank of America ConnectEd Creative Labs DHL Fenton Food.com Genomics Collaborative Inc. Greenwich Associates Knowledgetrack Javasoft Nexprise oCen Rabin Martin Segasoft Spitfire Strategies Storageway Supplybase TechHarmonic Xuma
SMALL BUSINESSES Breslin Strategies Inc Digital Justice Edinburgh Castle Pub InfoUse Kennedy Events Maria Marchetti Estates Mike Tekulsky Productions Mission Communications New Albion Records Nicole Nedeff Old Chelsea Fish & Chips Patter Merchant Public House Press Verdura Wonder for Good
Directly following her studies at the Queensland College of Art in Brisbane, Australia, Karen worked as a photographer and photography teacher until she moved to Berlin, Germany in 1988. While dodging the Iron Curtain's falling rubble, she held the position of Art Director for the English-language magazine The Edge. After The Wall succumbed, she became Art Director for the berliner.
In 1991 she escaped the cold winters and a bankrupt Berlin economy and moved to then recession-plagued San Francisco. Through the early 1990s, Karen designed a variety of branding and print materials: logos, brochures, music CD packaging, book covers, event fliers, manuals, user guides and catalogs. Her clients included Pacific Bell, Bank of America, New Albion Records, and the Scottish Cultural & Arts Foundation. She also briefly taught Composition and Design in the Photography department of the institution now known as Academy of Art University.
Having pursued studies in Interface Design and Instructional Design at the SFSU Extension – and also having participated in their Artists-in-Residence Program – in 1996, she made a hard left turn straight into the craziness of Web 1.0. It was the early, fast-paced years of the Internet. For the next five, almost sleepless, years, she designed sites for clients such as Food.com, Bank of America (various intranet and internet), SegaSoft (HEAT), Esilicon.com, DHL, Creative Labs (The Press Room), JavaSoft (Developers' Conference, Face to Face), Xuma Technologies, APBiotech, PG&E ES, Pacific Bell (various atHand subsites – Playbill, Waterskiing World, Windsurfing Magazine, Hollywood Reporter, Siskel), NASA (math lessons for disabled children). During this period she also subcontracted at Web agencies Interbrand, Ikonic/USWeb and Agency.com.
In 2000, she repositioned Black Graphics so she could apply her extensive design knowledge and experience in print, branding and Web to the nonprofit and public-interest sectors. In 2008, Karen relocated Black Graphics from San Francisco to New York.
Her work has won numerous awards and been published in a variety of design books and magazines. She is a member of the TDC (Type Directors Club) and ATypI (Association Typographique Internationale), and past member of AIGA, and ADC (Art Directors Club). She has also taught composition, typography and design classes at the Academy of Art University (San Francisco) and Noble Desktop (New York).