Karen Burton

Freelance Website Designer & UX Designer

Location:Purcellville, Virginia, United States
2 Skills

Karen Burton's art and design is inspired by her view of the Blue Ridge Mountains to the west of her home and studio in Virginia. She provides innovative concept, design and development solutions to arts organizations meant to connect them with their audiences. She also offers freelance services to interactive agencies and corporate/small business clients - focusing on creating digital experiences that are user-centered, informative and engaging.

Work Experience

Karen Burton Design
Web/Interactive Designer & Developer, Graphic Designer
• Freelance web/interactive design & development focusing on user-centered projects that get the intended message across effectively and efficiently
• Services include branding, print design, interface design, web/interactive development, conceptualization, user research, competitive analysis, usability studies, information architecture, wireframes, mockups
• Can work independently or with a creative team in a leadership role or as a design or technical team member

Rendezvous Gallery
Owner, Virtual Fine Art/Fine Craft Gallery
• Virtual fine art/fine craft gallery featuring hand made items from national level artists that appeal to a national and international clientele
• Art consultations, corporate art and corporate gifts
• Designed, developed and currently maintain the web site for this e-commerce business
• Photograph 75% of product shots
• Produce promotional ads, postcards, business cards and a monthly e-newsletter

High View Studio
Surface Designer & Textile Artist
• Surface designs for bed linens, wallpaper, rugs and giftwrap. Clients include Macy's, Martex, Gitano Accessories, Current, Inc. and St. Clair Pakwell
• Existing designs available or commissions accepted
• Produce hand-painted silk scarves & decorative pillows for sale on www.rendezvousstyle.com

2002 – 2004
Rendezvous Gallery LLC
• Handled creative side of this storefront fine art/fine craft gallery
• Coordinated artist and artwork selection, monthly exhibitions and openings, and marketing/branding materials.

1983 – 1987
VIP Systems Inc
Applications Specialist, Customer Support
Typesetting/Graphics Service Bureau
• Developed methods and procedures for most efficient, profitable use of new equipment and software
• Trained employees
• Worked with clients for scheduling and clarifying type/project specifications
• Wrote formats and marked-up manuscripts for input by typesetters

1980 – 1983
Letterform Graphics
Production Supervisor
Multi-language Graphics Company
• Supervised a staff of 10 typesetters, production artists and proofreaders
• Duties included system development, customer support and quality control of all jobs through the shop

1978 – 1980
Austin & Jordan
Production Supervisor
Custom Photographic Lab
• Managed 3 employees servicing the commercial photography and ad agency community
• Produced custom color and black/white photographs


2006 – 2012
Academy of Art University, San Francisco, CA
MFA - Web Design + New Media
Magna *** Laude (3.943 GPA, 63 credit graduate program)
Thesis project accepted into 2012 Spring Show

1987 – 1988
Corcoran College of Art + Design, Washington, DC, USA
Open Program - Textile Design

1974 – 1978
Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA
BFA - Painting & Printmaking


Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Dreamweaver, Adobe Acrobat Professional, adobe after effects, Camtasia Studio, XHTML/CSS, Javascript, XML, PHP/MySQL, Adobe Flash CS5, Actionscript 3.0, User Experience, User Interface, Usability, Information Architecture, Requirement Analysis, Competitive Analysis, Personas, Wireframing, Prototype, excellent communication skills, User Testing, brand development, Concept Development
Skills (2) Rating
Website Design
UX Design