KAREN POLASKI

WANTS TO HELP YOUR BRAND SHINE

I’m a dedicated creative professional with broad and deep experience
in design, communication, and people 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 can inspire and manage a team.

I collaborate.

I learn from every project.

I don’t take myself too seriously.

 

I want to do good work with good clients.

 

BEAUTIFUL

ART DIRECTION & DESIGN

I’m an award winner because I design an on-brand point of view into every project — one that respects the message and the audience. And I bring a commitment to excellence, a devotion to details and an unflagging sense of ownership.

RELIABLE

PROJECT MANAGEMENT

Trust me to guide your project. I can assemble a team, negotiate and manage a budget, orchestrate process and meet deadlines — and adjust course when requirements change. I value your resources and invest them wisely.

HAPPY

TEAM LEADERSHIP

I am inspired by managing a team: learning, teaching and growing professionally and personally. I manage to strengths, lead with respect, foster confidence and encourage collaboration. And I want us all to have fun.

 

Massimo Vignelli

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

 
 

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

 

 HISTORY

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

MANAGING 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

DESIGNER & ART DIRECTOR

 

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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