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Karen Craig
Design and Illustration

558 Greenough Road
Cooperstown, NY 13326

212.866.1291 tel

Freelance Artist; Design, Concept Development, Illustration (2002–2007)
Recent Projects Include:

  • The Museum of Modern Art - Pop Up card designs selected for 2007 and 2008 holiday lines
  • Innovative KIDS - Concept and design of interactive preschool soft book, “Play Pockets”
  • Nat’l Geographic Kids - Pattern and graphic design for style guide; Mama Mirabelle’s Home Movies
  • Silver Lining Productions - Style guide, Pattern Design and Packaging for OLIVIA and Gaspard & Lisa
  • Schylling Toys - Product development, packaging and illustration for various “classic” toys and collectibles
  • Bookworks (book packager) - Design development for various educational publishers; Scholastic, Softplay, etc.
  • Learning Curve/Lamaze - Creation of pattern designs for preschool soft toy line
  • Peaceable Kingdom Press - Development of new company design aesthetic for promotional materials
  • Weekly Reader - Illustration for educational poster series
  • Simon & Schuster - Illustration for over twentyfive Blue’s Clues and Blue’s Room publications
  • Nickelodeon - Recent projects include concept and design of patterns and graphics for Blue’s Room Tool Kit, Fairly Odd Parents Tool Kit, Design exploration for Lazy Town identity graphics, Product Development for Dora home furnishings

Senior Designer; Nickelodeon - New York (1995 – 2002)

  • Design of Style Guide and Tool Kit graphics and patterns to support Nickelodeon properties/licensing
  • Product development and design in conjunction with licensee projects; toys, games, gifts, home design, etc.
  • Design of packaging and marketing materials for various properties
  • Responsible for review and approval of licensed product
  • Concept and design of original Blue’s Clues Style Guide
  • Senior Designer for “Special Projects,” including concept development and design work for Nickelodeon liaisons with FAO Schwarz, Sears, Kraft, Ford Motors

Designer; Breslow, Morrison, Terzian - Chicago (1994)
(Toy Inventor Group)

  • Toy Invention - Concept generation involving construction of models and drawings for toy and game ideas

Designer-Illustrator; Upstart/Highsmith - Hagerstown, Maryland (1989 – 1992)
(Direct mail company specializing in educational reading materials for kids)

  • Responsible for entire projects from concept generation and development through finished art
  • Coordination of print production, freelance artists and outside vendors
  BFA, Toy Design - The Fashion Institute of Technology, 1995

BFA, Communication Design
- Syracuse University, 1989
  Broadcast Design Awards - Gold Medal, 2000 - Blue’s Clues Style Guide

Outstanding Excellence in Toy Design
- F.I.T. 1995
  • Highly proficient in Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop, Mac OS X
  • Excellent sense of color, pattern, space and dimension
  • Team player and multi-tasker
  • Able to conceptualize, design and illustrate preschool picture books, concept books and story boards
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