About Katie K

I like sunny days, strong coffee, cute kids, inspirational stories, comfy couches, funky shoes and vibrant colours. I am extremely pedantic about spelling, grammar and punctuation (which is rare for a graphic designer, I know!), and it doesn’t take much to make me laugh.

My professional background is in web design and development, graphic design (print) and project management (publications). In January of 2010, I took a massive leap of faith, left my secure (and loved) public service position and started two businesses; Katie K Creative and Heartstory (contemporary portrait photography). I feel like I’m finally living the life I always dreamed of living, and although it’s hard work, it’s also extremely rewarding, fulfilling and makes me very happy.

MY EXPERTISE

Project based graphic design (branding & publications)
Natural light portrait and still life photography
Web design, CSS, accessibility, usability and information architecture
Project management

MY QUALS

Bachelor of Graphic Design (Honours), University of Canberra 2009 (finally completed after 9 years of part-time study, woohoo!)

OTHER STUFF I KNOW HOW TO DO

Teaching and training (graphic design & Adobe Creative Suite)
Copy-writing, editing and proofreading for web and print
Design and handmade production of artists’ sketchbooks, albums and display portfolios.

MY HORN TOOTS

2012 Runner-up ACT Family Photographer of the Year // Epson ACT PPY
2012 Finalist Head On Portrait Prize
2012 Winner of People’s Choice, Momento Pro Photobook of the Year
2012 Semi-Finalist Moran Contemporary Photographic Competition
2012 Runner-up (Editorial) & Finalist (Documentary) // Australia’s Top Emerging Photographer, Capture Magazine
2012 AIPP Epson NSW/ACT Print Awards: 6 silver
2012 Australian Professional Photography Awards (APPA): 4 silver
2011 Loupe Awards: 3 bronze
2011 Australian Professional Photography Awards (APPA): 1 silver distinction, 2 silver
2011 AIPP Epson NSW/ACT Print Awards: 5 silver
2010 International Aperture Awards: 5 bronze
2010 ACMP Projections: Winner of Commercial Category
2010 Australian Professional Photography Awards (APPA): 3 silver
2010 AIPP Epson ACT Emerging Photographer of the Year
2010 AIPP Epson NSW/ACT Print Awards: 3 silver
2009 Australian Graphic Design Association: Best Industry Ready Graduate [B. GraphDes]
2009 KODAK: Excellence in Graphic Design (Highest GPA in graduating group)
2009 Chancellor’s Commendation and Dean’s Excellence Award [B. GraphDes]