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KAREN POLASKI

WANTS YOUR BOOK TO SHINE

I’m a dedicated creative professional with broad and deep experience
in design, communication, and process management.

I am a talented designer.

I care about the concept and the details.

I know the creative process. 

I love deadlines.

I solve problems on the fly. 

I collaborate.

I learn from every project.

I don’t take myself too seriously.

 

I want to make beautiful books with good clients.

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BEAUTIFUL

COVERS & INTERIORS

I’m an award winner because I design each book to enhance an author's message, intrigue a shopper, and create an engaging experience for a reader. I bring a commitment to excellence, a devotion to details and an unflagging sense of ownership.

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RELIABLE

PRODUCTION & COMPOSITION

You can trust me to deliver final files that will please your printer. I know layout,  composition, and manufacturing inside out. From directing illustrations and developing infographics to tweaking typographic details, I do it all.

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HAPPY

AUTHORS & PUBLISHERS

A successful book is the result of collaboration. I know how to honor an author's vision, adhere to the best professional standards, and work within budgets and deadlines. My goal is to create a polished product that everyone can be proud of.

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Massimo Vignelli

Styles come and go. Good design is a language, not a style.

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work

You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.

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 HISTORY

MANAGING ART DIRECTOR

I built and managed teams of designers and production artists providing editorial, packaging, marketing, advertising and event design. In addition to creating most-beautiful-in-niche products, we increased efficiency and on-time performance, while regularly coming in under budget.

Sounds True / Louisville, Colorado / Multi-media publishing company

Catalyst Communication / Boulder, Colorado / National syndicated marketer for independent retailers

New Hope Communications / Boulder, Colorado / Publisher of trade magazines

DESIGNER & ART DIRECTOR

For smaller companies and working independently, I have been a one-woman creative department, handling everything from developing strategy to design, copywriting, client relations and press checks.

Cogent Communication / Lafayette, Colorado / Independent design, writing and project management

Colorado Homes & Lifestyles Magazine / Denver, Colorado / Regional consumer magazine

New York Times Magazine Group / Trumbull, Connecticut / Publisher of trade magazines

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Wim Hovens

Good design is in all the things you notice.
Great design is in all the things you don’t.

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LET’S COMMUNICATE

Thanks for visiting. Please share feedback, questions and ideas for working together.

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