Graphic Designer for Web and Print Media
Kathryn has more than 20 years of experience as a graphic designer. She has designed branding, publications and websites for the ELCA (including World Hunger, Stewardship, Mission Investment Fund and other units), Lutheran Education Association, Chicago Area Runners Association, Presence/Resurrection Health Care, Household Bank, Chicago Public Schools, Metro Chicago YMCAs, Church World Service, Concordia University Chicago (River Forest), Wheat Ridge Ministries, Lutheran Child and Family Services, Lutheran Life Communities, and individual YMCAs and churches, among many others.
As the communications field has rapidly changed toward more dynamic, web-based, user-interface media, Kathryn has embraced web design, focusing on the needs of small organizations with complex and varied audience needs.
Kathryn’s bachelor’s degree is in Art: Visual Communication and in Journalism: Magazine Editing from Northern Illinois University’s acclaimed programs in 1984. The complimentary degrees provide a well-rounded base for design of complex editorial material. She worked in various design shops, and in 1988 joined Augsburg Fortress, Publishers as Graphic Designer. She was largely responsible for the branding look and feel of the print materials for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), a mainstream religious organization with 5 million members.
Kathryn formed Brewer Communications in 1992 to serve a larger client base with more extensive projects, including websites, periodicals, fund-raising communications, branding identities for small businesses and organizations, special event and convention promotions, viewbooks, campaign case statements and annual reports. Incorporated in 2001, Brewer Communications, Inc. provides comprehensive print and electronic design for national audiences.
Kathryn has received numerous awards for her work. The Religious Communicators Council gave an Award of Excellence for ELCA Response Catalog in 1997. She has also received Awards of Merit for World Encounter magazine, Making Christ Known magazine, “Journeys" Annual Report of Lutheran Home and Service of Illinois, and several additional print pieces. In 2005, the quarterly magazine Shaping the Future received a Communicator’s Award of Distinction.
Kathryn has taught college-level courses in graphic design, and has presented workshops for the Association of Lutheran Development Executives (ALDE). She is a member of the Society of Typographic Arts.
“I find beauty in creating classic design for publications and websites with multiple audience needs. I enjoy the challenges of integrating the design in a variety of print materials and web design.”