The Bare Necessities


Name: Carolyn

Occupation: Layout/Production Designer

Weapons of Choice: Adobe Illustrator, InDesign, and Photoshop; InVision; Mac + Windows OS; Microsoft Office; WordPress

Favorite Colors: color color color color color

Favorite Words: Ephemeral, palimpsest, transient, nightmare, shadow, dragon, ghost…how much time do you have?

In a Nutshell: I’m Carolyn. aka Karo. I’m a novel-writing graphic designer and opinionated talking dictionary, which means I can design your website while correcting your grammar. While this tends to make me unpopular at parties, in unsolicited editing I remain unparalleled.


Life, the Universe, and Everything

I earned a Master of Arts in Publications Design in 2015 from the University of Baltimore and have spent the past six years bouncing between print and digital design while working as a freelance designer. I am currently a full-time layout/production designer, and have shipped over 94 projects as the primary designer (and still counting).

Fun fact: In the confused years between my undergraduate degree and my completely unrelated graduate degree, I meandered through a handful of different jobs and consequently gained useful experience in administrative work, proofreading, technical editing, web content migration, and badgering people to do their timesheets.

For illustrations and ghosts of illustrations past, present, and future, follow me on Tumblr; if you just want to know what I’m reading, visit the stacks; for actual work, visit my portfolio. I won’t make you pay the iron price. If you are unsure where to go, incapable of normal speech, or unable to remember why you are here, here are a few suggestions:

Watch out for hop-ons, obscure Harry Potter references, and Sherlock jokes. You're going to get some Sherlock jokes.