Helping you explain things through words and visuals.
I'm Karianne, a graphic designer and writer who helps specialists (such as scientists and public servants) transform their knowledge into action by crafting inspiring words and images that clarify complex topics. I specialize in projects that seek to translate science and policy research into real action and change in the world. I have years of experience as a graphic designer, communicator, project manager and strategist.
I'm Karianne, I like to have deep discussions with all kinds of 'nerds' and help them explain their world-changing ideas better — to try and get the world actually changed. I'll help you make abstract concepts or complicated situations into fun, useful, inspiring images. I can also help you tell your story — I'm good at picking up new technical lingo on the fly, and writing to reveal the heart of a person's passion for their field.
Located in Vancouver, BC • Coast Salish Territories
Art direction/graphic design
Making your message visual
I specialize in design that emphasizes effective communication, by using visual impact to make sure your project doesn’t just look good, it also achieves your goals.
I have extensive experience with art directing and designing development proposals and reports, including working on very large projects with tight timelines. I am also able to transform highly technical research and reports into powerful visual stories which spark public support and grab policymakers’ attention.
I work with organizations focused on working for justice, whether on the environment, First Nations’ rights, labour, healthcare, poverty or education.
Coordinating a team
It’s a daunting task to bring together writers, photographers, printers, mailing houses and web designers on one project. How can you make sure they are creating their best work, sticking to deadlines and that all of it will form a unified whole?
My years of experience in project management will smooth out the bumpy roads so you can focus on your goals. From scientist to web developer to printing house, I can translate your intentions into words that your team can understand.
If you need someone to help you budget for a new project, explain effective publication distribution, improve how you use social media, analyze the emotional impact of your communications, or create innovative systems that solve your unique challenges, be in touch.
If you are at the early stages of developing a project and you have questions please send me an email today. Whether or not we work together, I am happy to answer your questions and point you in the right direction.
Karianne's elegant, thoughtful designs are visually stunning and profoundly memorable. Her work makes an immediate emotional impact for lasting influence, and her careful attention to client needs and goals creates a seamless and efficient work flow. I could not recommend Karianne more highly.
Karianne is a brilliant designer. She was a dream to work with in my role as copy-editor of Front Magazine. Her layout and concepts were always inventive, her intentions were clear, and her style of communication was timely and to the point. She was always receptive to suggestions and ideas, and quick to respond.
Karianne's skills have taken my projects from good to great. Her reports and publications are timeless and engaging. And even more importantly, she's truly a collaborator, with great communication skills. I trust her with big-picture strategy to the tiniest kerning.
Three ways to contact me
Have an urgent project to start on right away?
Email is always the quickest way to reach me!
Want a phone meeting or an in-person meeting to discuss a bigger project?
My schedule is flexible and I can usually accommodate yours! Email me for details.
Have questions, confused if I'm right for a job, or if I have a skillset you need?
I'm always happy to answer questions! And if I can't help you with your project, I'll recommend one of my top-notch local collaborators.