Karen Skunta & Co

Communicating Brands, Crafting Experience, Celebrating Legacy

We are a boutique design firm located in the historic warehouse district of downtown Cleveland, Ohio. Our office displays our respect for the past and relevance for the present with contemporary design and technology.

We enjoy a good challenge and undertake significant projects that require breadth, depth and a variety of moving parts.

Our team is deeply talented, with passion and intelligence – we solve problems together with a unified sense of purpose. 

We love our clients because they commit 100% to their projects – from conceptual drawings through the final installation.

The result for our clients: the pride of a new and memorable experience for their audiences, who engage and learn more.

The result for our firm: a body of work that is consistent in design excellence, exceeds our clients’ expectations and is recognized by our peers.

Elegant, memorable design solutions.

Karen-Skunta

“We want people to feel the environments we create, capture their interest and deepen their connection to the brand.”

This goal is reached thanks to Karen’s experience in corporate and brand identity, overlaid with architectural knowledge and a love of engaging narrative and compelling design.

Karen Skunta
President & Creative Director

As the leader of her firm, Karen thrives with new challenges and has a thirst to learn everything about a client’s business. She works closely with the client’s senior leadership to learn what’s important to them, to acquire the focus for the project and to strengthen the brand.

Karen leads her team of creative, energetic professionals whom she holds in high esteem, with energy, empathy and integrity. She loves working together to yield the best and most effective design solutions.

Active in the northeast Ohio community, Karen serves on the board of Cleveland Institute of Art and Cleveland Play House. She loves art, is an avid reader of The New York Times, crossword puzzler and shares knowledge easily. Jazz is her genre of choice and she loves getting together over a great meal.

Case Western Reserve University – B.S., Magna Cum Laude
Cleveland Institute of Art – Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design
Harvard Business School – Design Leadership Program
School of Visual Arts (NYC) – Post-graduate Summer Study in Japan
Parsons School of Design (NYC) – Post–graduate Studies

AIGA Fellow  •  SEGD Member  •  AAF Member

Jen

Jen Maxwell
Senior Designer

A deep dive researcher who is intellectually curious and enjoys telling stories that matter. Jen applies a sense of design discipline that captures the essence of the human experience from photos to objects – all engaging the viewer to travel through an exhibit with a thirst to learn more. 

Jen is a talented DIY-er, loves vintage everything, watching movies, embracing the natural world and all animals (with a special fondness for dogs).

Edinboro University – Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design, Summa Cum Laude

Kent State University – Environmental Graphic Design Summer Program

AIGA Member

Jamie

Jamie Spencer
Senior Designer

A logo and typographic maven with precise attention to detail and the ability to express a brand in unexpected ways. Jamie has a strong print design background and employs a sense of hierarchy, mixed with definitive color and textures to achieve a noteworthy outcome.

An active mom of two boys who love performing on the stage – requires a lot of love, flexible thinking and efficiency that translates into excellent life management.

Cleveland Institute of Art – Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design

Kent State University – Environmental Graphic Design Summer Program

AIGA Member

 

The reward of a thing well done, is to have done it. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

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