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Karianne Blank

Helping you explain things through words and visuals.

Formal:

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.

Casual:

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.

Vancouver, BC • Coast Salish Territories

Portfolio



Centreing Indigenous values to clarify impacts of BC aquaculture policy

Aquaculture policy brochure, First Nations Fisheries Council

Complex First Nations fisheries policy issues explained and put in context through real people telling the stories of their Nations' projects. With Drawing Change. Download the full PDF


An intimidating process explained with clear and friendly graphics

Complaints process infographic, College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC

A graphic which makes the physician complaints process more clear, humanized, and less intimidating while dispelling common misconceptions. Illustrations by Drawing Change.


Visualizing a strategic plan to inspire, uplift and inform

Strategic plan visualization, OIE World Organization for Animal Health

A visualization of a 5-year strategic plan that will lift spirits, be in-depth but also visually compelling — OIE deals with serious threats to global health but a fun visual can help offset the emotional burden on the staff, helping them to forge ahead. With Drawing Change.


High impact design for high-value donors

Start An Evolution cases for support, UBC Development and Alumni Engagement

Art direction, design and project management of 22 cases for support during UBC's landmark Start An Evolution fundraising campaign. Winner of CCAE Gold award.


Igniting change in an industry through telling compelling stories

Delicacies of a Delicate Sea, David Suzuki Foundation

A magazine-style report featuring four BC fisheries leading the way on sustainability. Photos by Caelie Frampton. Available in print from the David Suzuki Foundation or download the full PDF.


Envisioning the beauty of a future without poverty

Pillars of poverty reduction in BC, BC Poverty Reduction Coalition

Poster illustrating a poverty reduction plan for BC. Illustrations by Drawing Change. Available in print from BCPRC or view the full image online.


Showing the friendly side of a student community

Prospective student brochure, UBC OSOT

Writing, art direction and design for the UBC Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy. Illustrations by Drawing Change.


Converging discourses on contemporary art and everyday life

Front Magazine, published by Western Front

I was co-director/art director/designer of a local contemporary art magazine from 2009 to 2011. The editor and I brought plain language art criticism and cultural theory to a casual local audience through this free magazine.


Inspiring the future by reflecting on the past

Interactive Equality Timeline, Canadian Union of Public Employees

Design of a poster showing major CUPE milestones over more than 50 years, with invitation for participants to add their memories. Illustrations by Drawing Change. See it in action.

Services

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.

Project Management

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.

Communications strategy

Solving problems

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.

Clients


OIE world organization for animal health
UBC: University of British Columbia
David Suzuki Foundation
BC Hydro
Alberta Health Services
CUPE
Trans Care BC, part of BC Provincial Health Services Authority
First Nations Information Governance Centre
BC Poverty Reduction Coalition
College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC
Dr Peter AIDS Foundation
First Nations Fisheries Council

Kind words

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.

Joanna Wong, principal, FlowCS

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.

Sarah Caufield, freelance copy-editor

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.