SINCE 1992

People will often ask me...

Exactly what is it that you do?

Well, I say, I fulfill a niche need in the graphic design industry that's somewhat unique to the nation's capital. It's the creation of (jargon alert!) long documents.

Long documents are lengthy, text-intensive publications, like but not limited to, books, catalogs and reports. In Washington, these types of publications are frequently written by wonks and scholars and experts, and routinely contain supporting data and elements like photos, illustrations, maps, tables, and charts. In addition, they regularly contain foreign languages, both basic like Spanish or German, and more complex like Mandarin or Arabic.

In other words, these long documents are the kind that are continuously being churned out by the city's two largest employers of freelance-contractors, the Federal Government, and the George Washington University.

Is that it?

No wait, there’s more! In addition, I provide highly-experienced design-production support to art directors, production managers, and other studio heads, facing multifaceted design projects under tight deadlines. I'm the designer to call when you’re lamenting how difficult it is to find a really really good production artist, or a designer who is able, and willing, to do production work.

My greatest skills lie in print design because I love paper and I understand how ink reacts to it, but also because my career began long before the internet became commonplace.

For over 25 years I've assisted talented creatives with a wide array of design projects using the Adobe Creative Cloud suite of applications — InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, Acrobat, and Muse.

How have you lasted so long?

Talent, persistence, and a rent-controlled apartment. Since 1989, my home-studio has been located near 16th & U Street, NW — just one block south of Malcolm X Park and 12 blocks north of the White House.

2013 New Hampshire Avenue, NW, Studio #711
Washington, DC 20009

phone: 202-234-1908

e-mail: kathleencole@me.com

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The George Washington University Institute for Ethnographic Research; the Graduate Management Admission Council (Reston, VA); the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum; and the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.


design awards

Hermes Creative Award: Publication Design, 2014
American Graphic Design Award: Editorial Design, 2014