About me

As a business owner, you want a great logo, designs that attract the right attention, and communications that pull everything together in one package so that your customers fall in love with you and your business.

There is a lot of noise out there and sometimes it's hard to make yourself heard above it all but you need to stand out.

And stand out you will!

Wouldn’t it be great if you had a designer who knows what it's like to be you?

Someone who can translate the unique ideas in your head into stunning visuals. A designer who specialises in creating custom brand identities and websites that stand out in a sea of businesses vying for attention.

And someone who hits every deadline, and gives you everything you need to communicate your brand in a compelling way that feels more like YOU. After all, you are your brand, and there is no one quite like you.

Karen Blake

All I ever wanted to do was be a designer. From a very young age, my mother said I was 'born with a pencil in my hand'.

In 2004 I launched a full-service marketing agency – 2 Hot Marketing – with its roots firmly entrenched in creative services for the hospitality sector and helped a large pub chain launch its premium brand. Since then I have grown my team and have some amazing people working with me.

However, I also wanted to offer exclusively one-to-one branding and design services as well as marketing services. In 2016 I launched this side of the business and focused on providing brand strategy, styling and web design for entrepreneurs like me.

During my 20+ year career, I have designed everything from crisp packets to coffins! I have worked with a number of different sectors, having been head of design for a large retail chain, a packaging designer for the FMCG sector, and an in-house designer for blue-chips and government departments.

My passion lies in brand styling and web design for ambitious and brave entrepreneurs.

I have been where you have been, I have felt your frustrations, I know what it's like to run a business, build a brand and stand out from the competition by creating a brand you can be proud of. 

I run my studio from the Warwickshire countryside, where I live with my partner, Richard, and our little cat, Lottie. When I'm not at my desk (and I often need to be pried away from it) I can be found walking through nature, talking to dogs, birds, squirrels, and muntjacks. I also have a crafting room where I make personalised cushions and just about anything else that will allow me to brand it!

 

I can help transform your business into a flamingo in a flock of pigeons!

Why not book a call with me and chat about your branding and see what magic we can work together?

I have known Karen for several years and always heard how highly people recommend her. I needed to rebrand my business so I asked Karen to do it for me. Her work was really professional, creative, and of high quality. She really has an eye for design and colour. She is very artistic. She delivered my branding collateral very promptly and I am really pleased with her end product. If you are looking for someone to redesign your website or any other work to do with your brand I really recommend you use Karen Blake to do it.

Bernard Keavy, Business & Marketing Coach

Highly recommended! Karen delivers a clean, professional finish to your website. The layout, font, format, colour scheme - all the things that you want to get just right as a reflection of your business - Karen delivers. Friendly, engaging, and patient(!) Karen Blake has to be the first choice for branding and design.

Jemal Deo, Deo Law

Karen is fabulous. She designed all our artwork and branding for Tutor In A Box based on just three words from us: Bright, Fun, and Educational. She did a superb job and we use her regularly. Highly recommend!

Sophie Parker, Tutor In A Box

Brand styling and design that connects with your ideal client.

Web design that perfectly complements your amazing brand.

Graphic design to keep you on track in communicating your business.

Brand strategy sessions that really nail your brand before we create it.

How to Hire Me

Are you interested in working with me? Here’s how to get started.

Step 1. Contact me with a little bit of information about your project. You can do that right here.

Step 2. Watch your email for a questionnaire from me, which will help you figure out exactly what you need and help me know how I can best help you.

Step 3. Hit “reply” to that email with your completed questionnaire.

Step 4. We’ll consult! We’ll use this opportunity to make sure we’re the perfect fit before you commit. We can either chat on the phone or on Zoom.

Step 5. Then we’ll get started! I’ll send you a welcome pack, which outlines exactly how I will proceed with your project.

If you decide we aren’t a perfect fit, I’m happy to share other resources to help you get what you need.

Have questions? Email me!

Client Love

Sue Roberts

Karen certainly takes care of the details and making you look great. I would highly recommend working with Karen, as the business grows she can expand your marketing and help to accelerate your business.

Sue Roberts
Advanced Healing Therapies

Tim Cooper-Cocks

As Chief Everything Officer, Karen does actually what she says does and delivers on time and to budget! A pleasure to work with and we have now completed a few design projects together.

Tim Cooper-Cocks
IC Wealth Management

Rachel Wade

Karen offers a professional service, she listens well to the brief, delivers timely and is a delight to work with. I would highly recommend Karen to everyone in my network, my family and my friends.

Rachel Wade
Opt HR