Karen Dahlquist

Karen Dahlquist

Graphic DesignerPhoenix, United States
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Karen Dahlquist

Karen Dahlquist

Graphic DesignerPhoenix, United States
About me
Interdisciplinary designer with over 25 years of experience in graphic design, textile arts, ceramics, illustration, website design & management, book design, and product creation. What fuels my creative passion is the theme of 'story.' In every project I love to hear my clients' stories. Everyone has a story to share with the world whether it's an individual or a corporate business. This is the exciting part about brand identity that I love. I love to listen and ask questions!
  • Flowers of the Field
    Flowers of the FieldPersonal illustration using Procreate.
  • BFFs Peanut Butter & Jelly
    BFFs Peanut Butter & JellyPersonal illustration project featured the best friends: PB&J. Originally drawn with the old Adobe Draw app on the iPad. Vector art. Direct to print product sales on Amazon.
  • SVG Emojis for ABCD Lab
    SVG Emojis for ABCD LabThe first character on the top left was provided to me. My job was to create 30 more emoji personas for their mascot. This was SO MUCH fun! All are vector illustrations that came from pencil-on-paper sketches and were polished up in Adobe Illustrator. I provided my client with the SVG files, they took them to create the emoji set for customer use.
  • Brand Identity for Janet Lee Lifestyle & Wellness
    Brand Identity for Janet Lee Lifestyle & WellnessJanet Lee is a well-known raw food chef and instructor in Arizona. She wanted to create a visual identity that was demonstrated to her clientele that she offers a more expansive coaching experience: body, mind, and spirit. The result was a modern, clean logo that mirrored in a super abstract and simple way the “J” and “L” in her name, crowned with a 3-leaf motif to represent body, mind, and spirit. Leaf green was used along with some other bold, vibrant, colors pulled directly from raw superfood
  • Axolotl Love
    Axolotl LovePersonal illustration project created using the old Adobe Draw app and then continued in Adobe Illustrator. Features two axolotls in love - forming a heart together. Products sold at Red Bubble and Amazon.
  • Logo, brand identity, social media for Legendary Leader
    Logo, brand identity, social media for Legendary LeaderThe vision behind Legendary Leader was crystal clear. The logo and presence needed to embody: patriotism, history, hope, future, and a sense of breaking through today’s cynicism and hopelessness. The final logo shows two L shapes mirroring and working with each other with an open-ended, limitless top. It has the feeling of strength, “superhero-ness”, and patriotism. The upward movement with the triangles and arrows point to the limitless future and growth potential. Also largely, this is a video
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Work history
    Owner, Graphic DesignerHappyFish Design
    Phoenix, United StatesFreelance
    HappyFish Design is my own design business. happyfish.com
    Production Coordinator / Graphic DesignerKapalua Land Company, Ltd.
     - Kapalua, HI 96761, USAFull Time
  • Adobe Creative Suite
  • Wordpress
  • Digital Illustration
  • Logo Design
  • Brand Design
  • Signage Design
  • Layout Design
  • Book Design
    Bachelor of Applied DesignKwantlen Polytechnic University
     - Richmond, BC, Canada
    Multi-disciplinary design program with a major in Interior Design.
    Textile Design ProgramCapilano University
     - North Vancouver, BC, Canada
    Ceramics and Textile Design Program - Courses taken for portfolio building to get into Kwantlen's competitive Interior Design Program.
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    Scholarship from Office Design ContestSteelcase
    Interior Design contest for designing a concept for ICBC Insurance Company, Canada. Won first place.