Karen Parry is a genius! More than that, she's a hard-working and conscientious genius. I'm constantly impressed and inspired by her artistic vision, her technical skills, and her tenacious attention to detail – it's truly a pleasure to work with and learn from her. Her expertise is evident in every step of the process, from conceptualizing the overall format of a publication to choosing the perfect font or color. She's gone to great lengths to ensure that our products meet our goals, even under a nonprofit's budget constraints – and she has brought them to life for us in ways I could never have imagined. Karen is a topflight designer with a keen understanding of what it takes to create an effective communications tool. Her professionalism makes for a wonderful collaboration, and her work is beautiful. I recommend her unreservedly!
Public Health Institute
Working with Karen Parry and Black Graphics has not only resulted in the most satisfying and persuasive publications that I have ever helped to produce, but has also given me a graduate level education in effective communications. Karen grasps that central truth so elusive for most non-profits: less is more. Karen will shape your publication so that it can be skimmed or read carefully, and yet communicate key concepts completely in either instance. She also has an exquisite aesthetic sensibility, and you will find people picking your publications off a crowded table. Perhaps the greatest testament to her skills comes from consumers of the publications we created together. I have walked behind members of Congress on the street and watched them devour our publications, and I have seen members of the public read them as eagerly. I could not recommend Karen more highly, and would welcome anyone considering her services to view the products we produced and to contact me for a reference. She really is that good.
Coordinator Eastern Forest Partnership
I am always just astonished how clear you are! I´ve never had a project where I was guided so clearly! And I´ve produced three CD recordings and three booklets...so I know what chaotic work means. Thank you!
Black Graphics did a superb job of taking The Highlands Coalition's request for help in creating a brochure from a vague concept to creating a beautiful and powerful tool. We needed a brochure that succinctly told our story, primarily to legislators, to help us achieve the goal of getting the federal government to pass the Highlands Conservation Act at a time when environmental legislation was very unpopular in congress. Without fail, the majority of the legislators we handed our brochure to compliment us on how "outstanding" our publication looked. Best of all, Black Graphics helped communicate the thrust of our message just by reading the headings rather than having to wade through endless pages of factoids. The factoids were for those who had time to read them. Did our brochure work? You bet it did! Thank you Black Graphics for playing an instrumental roll in helping us get the Highlands Conservation Act passed by Congress and passed into law by President Bush.
Outreach Coordinator Highlands Coalition
The brochure looks great! Thank you again for all your care and patience putting this together... it seemed like there were little hurdles at nearly every step of the way, but you overcame each one with grace and professionalism.
Monterey Pine Forest Watch