Hi! I'm Kara Fuhlbrugge (Fuel-brug-ee). I am a graphic designer and art director with 17 years of professional experience. I am driven to create purposeful design that's meaningful to the world we live in.
At a young age, my mom provided me with blank paper in lieu of coloring books because she didn't want to stunt my imagination. (I think it worked, because both my sister and I pursued a career in design.) I went on to earn my bachelor's degree in Graphic Design from Iowa State University. I've designed for consumer products, advertising, small business and nonprofit.
You can currently find me at the Austin Theatre Alliance, designing all the things for The Paramount and Stateside Theatres, Moontower Comedy Festival, and all Paramount Education Programs, including my favorite: The Paramount Story Wranglers. You might also find me showing my art at EAST in the fall.
How I Work
People tell me that I have great ideas, which is nice, but I also have a well-established methodology. I enjoy the process of brainstorming, research, sketching and development. I've worked with many types of clients and brands, and adapt my style to their individual needs. My favorite designs tend to look simple and bold with a touch of whimsy or humor. Good time management, organization and impeccable editing are essential.
The Paramount and Stateside Theatres, Moontower Comedy Festival, Special Olympics Texas, Disney, Mattel, Hasbro, Warner Brothers, The Thinkery, HONK!TX, American Greetings, Hey Lolly Music, Hedgehog Cleaning, Campus Advantage, Dobie Center, Texas Spokes Sports Car Club, Mom & Pops, LAFF (Ladies Are Funny Festival), College of the Mainland, College Forward, Austin Women in Technology, Cloverbud Photography, TGDN Media Group, Pamela Self Landscape Architecture, The Noble Cup and Central Texas Coalition Against Human Trafficking.
- I was interviewed by Voyage Houston for their Thought Provokers: Celebrating Artists & Creatives section. Read the article.
- My wedding invitation is published in Tribeza Magazine, in a feature article about Sargent Brothers Printing Press. See the article.
- I was featured in the Iowa State University Alumni Association magazine, representing Texas in the Visons Across America project. Read the blog version.
Here Are a Few of My Favorite Things
- Bulletpoint lists
- Western swing music
- Word play (like puns and palindromes)