karen
Castens.

GRAPHIC DESIGNER + ART DIRECTOR

I judge restaurants by their menus and books by their covers. I believe that great graphic design is not about making something "pretty"... it is about getting to the root of a problem and solving it in a visual way. I'm a Southern-Illinoisan turned Chicagoan, a recipe-follower and Instagram photo-taker. 
When not knee-deep in design, you'll either find me in the kitchen paging
through a cookbook or tending to my little urban garden.

Take a look at my portfolio and do not hesitate to reach out
so we can collaborate on your next project together.

 

01 portfolio

InDesign
Illustrator
Photoshop
Acrobat
After Effects
Office
AREAS OF EXPERTISE
Identity + Branding

Logo and brand identity creation for businesses, small and large. Your identity should be uniquely yours.

Art Direction

Infographics, event materials, advertisements, signage, packaging and more. A cohesive look will enhance your brand.

Interactive PDFs

Easy-to-use communications with simple, ADA-compliant forms make for a great customer experience.

Print Production

Not everything should be digital. Choosing the right paper and ink can elevate your brand and project to the next level. 

 

02 SKILLS

03 Experience

Present

Byline Bank

Senior Graphic Designer

2016-2019

JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Creative Team Lead – Commercial Banking

2013-2016

JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Graphic Designer – Commercial Banking

2010-2013

@properties

Senior Graphic Designer 

2006-2010

Rotary International

Graphic Designer

2004-2006

Chicago Producers

Graphic Designer

2001-2004

Northern Illinios University

Bachelor of Fine Arts

 

04 WHAT PEOPLE SAY

FREELANCE CLIENT

Karen has consistently proven herself to be a joy to work with. She is creative, producing a variety of distinct and appealing options for consideration.

 

She is professional, always patient with clients who want frequent changes; and she is always on-time and on-budget.
I recommend her highly.

FORMER MANAGER

Karen is a talented, well-rounded designer who can manage several projects with
excellent results.

 

She works well with editors, project managers and her
design colleagues.

COLLEAGUE

Karen is one of my best creative partners. She is quick to communicate if there is a concern, and is open to talking through it to find mutually beneficial solutions. 

She is friendly, positive and is open to the crazy ideas I throw at her. She consistently works to find a middle ground and I appreciate her honesty.

HI THERE. 

Interested in working together? Reach out today.

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