Karen Burbano

Graphic Designer + Art Director + Brand Strategist

London, United Kingdom
Hi there! I am Karen, a Colombian graphic designer, art director and brand strategist happily living in London since 2015. I have dedicated all my life to my biggest passion: visual communication and design. After a fascinating background working as an art director in award-winning advertising agencies (MullenLowe, Publicis and Saatchi & Saatchi) for brands including Renault, Trident and VW, I have followed my dream to start a new stage in my career focusing on branding and design. I hold an MA in Graphic Branding from the University of the Arts London and have completed courses in Typography and visual branding at the School of Visual of Arts in New York. As an imaginative agile thinker with a proven track record of getting to the heart of what clients need, I have strong experience in both print and digital media. I love getting hands-on in all stages of the project and I particularly thrive working in teams, as well as on my own.

Work Experience


Graphic Designer / Art Director / Brand Strategist

December 2018 - Present United Kingdom


Graphic Designer

February 2017 - October 2018 United Kingdom

Saatchi & Saatchi

Art Director + Graphic Designer

April 2014 - July 2015 Colombia

Publicis Groupe SA

Art Director + Graphic Designer

April 2011 - October 2012 Colombia


Art Director + Graphic Designer

August 2007 - December 2008 Colombia


IE Business School

Marketing Strategy Specialisation

+ Positioning
+ Marketing mix fundamentals
+ The marketing plan
+ Market research and customer behavior
December 2019 - Present

IE Business School

Branding: The Creative Journey Specialisation

+Brand and Identity
+Brand and content marketing
+From brand to image: Creating high impact campaigns that tell brand stories
+ Branding and customer experience
November 2019 - March 2020

Georgia Institute Of Technology

Introduction to user experience design

February 2018 - March 2018

University Of The Arts - London

MA - Graphic Branding and Identity

September 2016 - December 2017 United Kingdom

School Of Visual Art Of New York

Design with type: making type talk

May 2013 - August 2013 New York, New York, United States

School Of Visual Art Of New York

Visual Branding

May 2013 - August 2013 New York, New York, United States

School Of Visual Art Of New York

Writing and illustrating children’s books

May 2013 - August 2013 New York, New York, United States

University Jorge Tadeo Lozano

BA in Graphic Design

August 2002 - May 2007 Bogotá, Colombia


Español (Native),
Ingles (Advanced),


Effie Awards - Effie Worldwide

Gold in Car Category


Effie Awards - Effie Worldwide

Silver in Release Category



Adobe After Effects, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Indesign, Adobe Muse, Adobe Photoshop, Advertising, Analysis And Research, Art Direction, Brand And Identity, Brand Strategy, Conceptual Designer, Creative,