Karen Chisholm

Pixie Grit Studios is the business alias for award-winning Graphic Designer Karen Chisholm.

I have spent my professional life in a wide range of creative endeavors. I welcome big graphic design challenges like rebranding and compelling ad campaigns. My award-winning rebranding projects results range from 100% to 400% sales increase under two years for multiple clients. A recent branding project generated over $4 million in investment capital in under two months. My product designs can be found on the shelves of major nationwide retailers. I even design for high-profile clients like Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top.

Early in my career, I worked for an ad agency, a publishing company and managed an in-house marketing department for a large real estate firm. I eventually transitioned to freelance work so I could continue to work for each of those clients as well as bringing in new ones. I’ve led large corporate rebranding projects and award-winning trade shows and created web and package design for over 40 large and small businesses. Among my clients are even a few rock stars like Billy F. Gibbons of ZZ Top and Mick Fleetwood of Fleetwood Mac.

I hold a B.S. in advertising from the University of Texas at Austin and I have continued my education through pursuit of a UX/UI degree. Having also written, recorded, produced and toured as a musician, I’m a voting member of the Recording Academy known for its Grammy awards. I have two creative children and escape to the beach every chance I get.

What My Clients Say About Me

“Karen worked for me in my initial stages when we started an esports world news digital platform … Karen worked tirelessly, endlessly, making a bazillion changes that ended up nailing it … I would NOT hesitate to use Karen again for any graphic design needs:).” – Gayle Dickie, CEO, Gamer World News

“Karen has a unique gift for capturing the essence of communication in a visual form. She has the ability to translate a nuanced phrase, “make it seem trustworthy” and translate it into a clean, succinct, graphical format that embodies those >characteristics. She is hip, cool and creative – and so is her work.” – Scott Elequin, CEO, SmartDog Services

“It was a pleasure to collaborate with Karen and her musical vision. The animated short we produced together was one of our favorite collaborations mainly due to her openness and creative spirit.” – Troy Campbell, Collection Agency Films

“Karen has a natural creative ability and great listening skills. These talents allow her to build websites that “hit the mark” for her customers in terms of communicating the right message while also giving each design a unique look and feel. Her friendly attitude makes he very easy to work with I found that her pricing was extremely competitive. I highly recommend Karen to anyone needing a creative marketing specialist, and I plan to work with her many more times in the future. Al Veach, Vice President, Sales and Customer Care at SmartDog Services

My Superpowers

  • I ask good questions and listen

  • I predict trends and create things that don’t yet exist

  • I am a graphic mind-reader

  • I am a prolific multitasker

  • I come up with the best idea first

How The Magic Happens

  • I set up a consultation with stakeholders.

  • They tell me where the company has been and where it wants to go.

  • I ask really good but seemingly simple questions.

  • Your team gives me multiple very confusing and conflicting answers.

  • I listen, ask some more simple questions.

  • KAPOW the big idea hits.

  • I sit back and watch the team come alive.

Here is the honest truth: It doesn’t really matter what you think about your company. It only matters what your customer thinks. If your team can’t explain “it” to me in a three-hour meeting, how will we explain it to a marketplace with the attention span of a squirrel? May greatest passion is searching out that  “one big idea” that separates my clients from the noise of an overcrowded marketplace. Finding that clear, clean branding message that takes my clients to the next level is a thrill. I absolutely LOVE what I do and I LOVE my clients.

Are you ready to be passionate about your business again? Let’s create some magic.