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“Special Modern Design dug to get to the core of what my company’s about and then translated that info seamlessly into our brand identity. She provided plenty of options (including an enthusiastic attempt at my dumb idea) and then refined the final choice until we were thrilled with it. I can’t recommend her enough.”

Bob Merlotti
Bob Merlotti— founder of Skeleton Crew

“The Shape site is kicking Muscle Magazine’s butt in terms of traffic. Quite amazing as Muscle traffic always outnumbered Shape by 4:1. No wonder, it is such a beautiful, easy to use site… many thanks to you.”

Susannah Scott
Susannah Scott— Weider Publications

“I love Karen’s approach to her work, which is marked by a unique combination of seriousness and enthusiasm for what she does. And she has a remarkable talent for zeroing in on the most nuanced attributes that ultimately capture exactly what you’re going after.”

David Kubiczky
David Kubiczky— Realtor and owner of Angeleno Livingangelenoliving.com

“The branding for Hype has helped us stand apart from the crowd. We constantly receive compliments on our collateral material and promotional items, and are known for our bold, original brand.”

Jessie Nagel
Jessie Nagelco-founder of Hype and Hypefesthypeworld.com

“Special Modern Design is genius, attentive and on it. Love them! I barely want to share :/ ”

Ellen LeComte
Ellen LeComte— Owner, Amsterdam Modern, Shopclass & NewMadeLA

“Special Modern Design was able to hone right in on what kind of message I was trying to project with my brand and nailed it immediately! The logo design completely defined Cake Monkey Bakery and has been instrumental to the growing success of the company. . . Our gift boxes are a big part of our business and Special Modern Design’s package design helps to sell them! In short, they will always have a role in Cake Monkey’s future.”

Lisa J. Olin
Lisa J. Olin—founder of Cake Monkey Bakery

“Karen has a natural ability that is rare in the graphic design world. She gets who we are, and she was able to generate the graphics that represent that visually.”

Chris Peck AIA, PE
Chris Peck AIA, PE—founder/ownerview the site

“I could feel that Karen really listened to me.”

Alex Glasscock
Alex Glasscock— founder The Ranch at Live Oak Malibu

“Karen’s ability to listen and present creative directions that had some real quality potential was top notch. The professionalism for which she presents in her directions was unlike anything we had seen before. She was very open to listening to our ideas. Her design strategy really hit the mark. We are thrilled with our identity.”

Jonathan Wolper
Jonathan Wolper— CEO, 
The Lighter Side, Inc.

“I decided to work with Karen entirely because of the quality of her past projects. Her work speaks for itself, so I won’t carry on about how much I love the logo and overall brand identity she designed for me”

Ann O’Brien
Ann O’BrienHealthcare Counsel at USC & Internet Privacy Law

“I engaged Special Modern Design to do branding and a website for my consulting services. What a great experience! Karen is not only talented, but intuitive – and has an uncanny ability to capture both your personality and your product offering in the branding process. I get tons of compliments on my branding and my website – mostly from really bright people! Most recently, I had a potential client tell me that my website was the best she had ever seen from a consultant.”

Janet Davas
Janet Davas— founder of Liberty’s Kitchen and Hatch

“Thank you so much for your work…it’s been wonderful! And as I told you previously all nine partners were most impressed with you!”

Lynda Albright-Ott
Lynda Albright-Ott— Flewelling & Moody Architecture

“Joe Weider, who is nearly impossible to impress when it comes to graphics, was really pleased with the shape.com layouts you provided. He really liked what he saw.”

Eric Weider
Eric Weider — President of Weider Health & Fitness

“Karen possesses the rare combination of top-notch design skills and excellent communication skills. She gleans and understands business needs, which are addressed in her designs. She is always positive and very pleasant to work with.”

Pat Garvey
Pat Garvey— founder & CEO at Brand X Social