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Hi, I'm Katie.

Behind the design

Hi! I am Katie Milburn, also known as Kurnsie. I know, I know, where does Kurnsie come from?  It's a college nickname that stuck around.


I am an Art Director, Graphic Designer, and Project Manager based near Columbus working on branding, visual identities, and editorial design. Ever since I was on my junior high yearbook staff, I have been in love with layouts and design. Since then, I've pursued ways to bring visual communication to life–marrying creativity with problem-solving.

I bring over 20 years of experience in creative roles specializing in print and digital design within agency, in-house, start-up, and freelance environments. I collaborate with clients and fellow team members to develop and amplify brand messaging in a clear and modern way. My skill set includes a strong knowledge of studio fundamentals including the Adobe Suite, production, and art direction, with a focus on comprehensive project management and fulfillment.  And I have worked with multiple industries, including but not limited to agriculture, furniture, commercial real estate, B2B/B2C, finance, jewelry/fashion, education, non-profit, and retail. And I am always curious to learn more.

Whether a new business needs an identity system to get started, a band needs amazing artwork for an album, or there is a need for marketing to drive new sales into a business, I am ready for the task. When working with me, clients can expect a partnership between client and designer to bring the best solution to communicate design needs.

Beyond the Design

I am a world adventurer, based in Columbus, OH but have lived on the East Coast, the West Coast, and many places in between–even overseas! My experiences have shaped my work in many ways. When not working, I'm an ever-experimenting home chef and a coffee lover. And my nephews call my plant collection an "Apartment Jungle"

Clients we've worked with
  • Nachurs Alpine Solutions

  • Meristem Crop Performance

  • Compartment A

  • Vineyard Churches USA

  • Vineyard Churches UK

  • Point Loma Nazarene University

  •  The Getty Museum

  • Cushman & Wakefield

  • Lacoste

  • Wells Fargo Bank

  • Mutual of Omaha Bank

  • DTZ

  • The Welcome To America Project

  • American Marketing Association - Phoenix

  • Origami Owl Jewelry

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