About the Designer

Hello, my name is Kaity.

I am a communications professional.

I specialize in digital media and brand identity development.

I love travel, fiction, my cats, tattoos, and eating recreationally.
Amongst other things.

  • I fell in love with design while working on InDesign CS2 as the editor in chief of my high school yearbook, and have now been a professional designer for the better part of a decade. I have worked the full spectrum of design positions: from freelancer, to agency, to in-house designer.

    Most notably, I worked as a designer, head of digital media, and letterpress apprentice at MATTER in Denver. It was here that I had the honor of learning from and working for Rick Griffith and Debra Johnson, two of the top designers and letterpress printers in the United States. I also studied letterpress and bookbinding under David Ashley, a master calligrapher who learned his craft from legends such as Herman Zapf.

    I now work as an independent designer with clients throughout the United States. Though I specialize in the direction of digital media projects, brand identity development, and user interface design, I work in a variety of mediums, including print design, letterpress, product design, and hand lettering.

    My design philosophy is rooted in the gestaltist notion that bringing together a variety of approaches, mediums and methods yields design which is meaningful and genuinely unique.

    When I’m not working on a design project of some kind or other, you can find me listening to horror, sci-fi and fantasy audiobooks (and podcasts) with my cats, having 4 hour long phone conversations about philosophy with my Mom, or eating the best and weirdest food I can find with my favorite chef & husband Arun.

Work Experience

Independent Designer { Astraelis Design }

Create, develop, and maintain communications for a variety of clients in a spectrum of mediums including: brand identity, internet and other digital media, and print and POS.

Clients include individuals such as artisans, musicians, and medical professionals; as well as small-to-medium sized businesses, non-profits, and government organizations.

Designer, Head of Digital Media, Apprentice Letterpress Printer { MATTER }

Overhauled and developed systems and strategies for the web department at the studio.

Art directed all web-related projects; from planning, scoping, and content direction, to UX strategy and UI design, to directing developers and/or development.

Worked as a key member of the MATTER team on multi-media projects including: brand strategy & design, ad campaigns, product designs, etc.

Operated the Vandercook and C&P letterpresses at weekly studio events.

Visual Designer { BUHV Designs }

Worked with a small team of web designers, digital marketing experts and content writers. Primarily responsible for synthesizing content and design elements into interface mock-ups for development. Designed logos and visual brand identity guidelines. Clients include local and national companies and organizations.

Graphic & Web Designer { Transcending Creative }

Developed and maintained WordPress websites, created logos and designed advertisements for 50+ small to medium sized businesses in the Denver area.

Graphic Design Intern { Old Chicago Corporate }

Assisted the graphics department in the production of a variety of print and web media for all 150+ nationwide Old Chicago locations.

Graphic Designer { Caffè Sole }

Created, developed and maintained a new brand identity and all related print POS and advertising materials.

Education

Bachelor of Arts: Graphic & Web Design   { The Art Institute of Colorado }

Summa Cum Laude, GPA 4.0
Winner of the AIC Student of the Quarter Award: Fall 2016

Some Work I’ve Shared on Insta
  • Really missing working on the letterpress at @matterdesign with @rickgriffith right now. Here's a piece we printed a few months/lifetimes ago at a snowy #fotpt. Words by me! The type was hand-brayered each time, so each print is unique.
📍@shopatmatter
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#missingthis #fbf #tbt #letterpress #vandercook #letterpressprinting #matterdesign #words #colorful #surrealism #imaginary  #books #coronavirussucks #design #astraelisdesign #loveletterpress #words
  • Ambigram dishwasher magnet. Designed by yours truly in collaboration with the crew at MATTER studio. Available online or in our lovely little shop @shopatmatter
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#design #matter #ambigram #typography #dishwasher #denverdesign #magnet #productdesign #designinspiration #boomerang #awesome #homegoods #designlife #astraelisdesign #matterdesign #type #flip
  • Neon + surrealism = oh my! 💚🧡
I was honored to participate in this letterpressed collaboration piece with @rickgriffith and Joe Vetch for another awesome edition of #fotpt at the @shopatmatter
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#letterpress #collaboration #design #letterpressprinting #neon #surrealism #denverdesign #shopatmatter #green #vandercook #illustration #graphicdesign #astraelisdesign
  • Just finished mailing the last of our invitations today! Whew! I don't want to post the full, final design just yet... But here's a sneak peek! Thank you to all of the amazing people who helped make this creation come to life! I couldn't have done it without you and I love you all very much. @dlastudio @moosti @abba__zabba17 @chelbelchelsea 🥰🥰🥰🥰🥰
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#paper #weddinginvitations #invitation #ambigram #design #handmade #wedding #kaityandarun #marbledpaper #papercraft #monogram #weddinglogo #custominvitations #kaityhaugedesign #astraelisdesign
  • This is what "the flow" feels like. I absolutely adore working on the C&P. 📜🥰💌
📷@dlastudio
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#letterpress #letterpressprinting #chandlerandprice #work #theflow #letterpresslife #designnerd #denverdesigner #process #creativeprocess #kaityhaugedesign #astraelisdesign
  • Sneak peek of our wedding invitations...
🙊🙈💌
#kaityandarun
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#letterpress #typesetting #leadtype #loveletterpress #typography #handsettype #weddinginvitations #designerlife #invitation #weregettingmarried #kaityhaugedesign #astraelisdesign
  • Mixing ink on the C&P is psychedelic ☝️❤️ 👽
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#letterpress #chandlerandprice
#ink #mixing #boomerang #makingstuff #letterpressprinting #kaityhaugedesign #astraelisdesign
  • Finally finished binding my first book with @dlastudio and I'm so happy with how it came out! Yesterday we added an interior pocket and the inset, 14ct gold letterpress text detail element. Now I just need to actually put some thoughts in here. Thanks for being such an amazing teacher David ❤️
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#bookbinding #custom #sketchbook #goldfoil #letterpress #bookarts #bookmaking #davidashleystudio #handmade #book #bookmaker #learningfromthebest #art #thoughts #crafts #foilstamping #detail #design #astraelisdesign
  • A portrait of me attempting to work from home during Snowpocalypse 2019. 🤷🐈📇
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#designerlife #snowpocalypse #snowpocalypse2019 #colorado #snowday #coloradosnowday #workfromhome #catmom #catlife #nothelping #spacebar #denver #denverdesigner #catinmyface #distraction #astraelisdesign

Contact Me

Wanna talk design?

I know I do. If you’re interested in collaborating, talking about design, or learning more about my work, you can reach out to me here.

Contact Me

Wanna talk design?

I know I do. If you’re interested in collaborating, talking about design, or learning more about my work, you can reach out to me here.