BORN AND RAISED [MOSTLY] IN MIAMI, KARLA "WITH A K" IS A CURIOUS GIRL. She has MANY PASSIONS AND CREATIVE PURSUITs, INCLUDING ART, ADVERTISING, DESIGN, MUSIC, FASHION, DANCE, TECH, TRAVEL, BOOKS, SPACES, WELLNESS, and much more.
Karla Martin earned an MS in Mass Communication and Certificate in Art Direction (hence "MS Art Direction") to further indulge and direct her passion for commercial art. She has been an enthusiastic admirer of branding and advertising in all its various forms for a lifetime - from high-fashion campaigns to packaged goods and TV commercials. She continues to strengthened her love for these things daily by consciously and deliberately interacting with them, being a creator, and educating others about them.
Karla enjoys engaging in doodling, designing, crafting, editing, and brainy pursuits. She works as a communications designer and college professor, and moonlights as a dancer, zen master, gemologist, and futurist. She has also enjoyed remodeling residential and commercial spaces, volunteering and helping others in many ways, and coming up with creative solutions for varying types of problems.
Karla was born in Miami, FL and then spent the greater part of her childhood in El Paso, Texas before returning to Miami. She is a native Spanish speaker, having learned English starting at the age of 5. This multiethnic upbringing was useful to Karla in developing a rich sense of awareness and tolerance towards differences.
Karla has one daughter, an array of pets, and an insatiable appetite for experiencing new cultures and eccentricities. She enjoys exposing her daughter and others to varied artistic and cultural experiences and the spirit for giving - whether of material things or kindness.
Throughout her life, Karla has been influenced / inspired a lot by furniture, long drives, animals, Madonna, Steven Heller, IDEO, a bunch of Cubans, WWII propaganda, and countless music videos. Other notables include Walt Disney, Bruce Mau, Stefan Sagmeister, Piet Mondrian, Keith Haring, and so many more... et Karla pratique français avec Yelle.
Ideas / Concepts • Branding • Graphic Design • Digital Content • Print Production • Adobe CC Apps • Environmental + Space Design • Specialty Products • Guerrilla Marketing • Out of Home • Emails • Social Media • Websites • Special Events • Writing + Editing • Research • Cooking • People Watching • Cool Hunting
COMPUTERS: Adobe Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, Acrobat Pro, Premiere, MS Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Keynote, HTML/CSS, etc