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MORE ABOUT KATIE, FOR THE WORDY TYPES

Katie Himmel has worn many hats throughout her years in design, marketing, branding, creative direction, and production. Working with her, you'll quickly realize she is a visionary who can execute. A blend of art and science. A pragmatic change-maker. Most importantly, she is not afraid of putting in the hard work. 

Katie was born in a tiny cornfield town in central Illinois and headed for the nearest city within hours of high school graduation. That 'big city' was Champaign-Urbana, where she got her associate's degree in graphic design and then finished her bachelor's in design at Columbia College in Chicago.

 

When she arrived in Chicago, she fell in love with the city — the people, the food, the equally broad shoulders and grit. She graduated cum laude while juggling max credit hours, working part-time to pay the bills, and carving out time to be human.

 

Growing up with a sister close in age who lived with special needs, Katie became highly aware of how seemingly small day-to-day elements impacted significant aspects of individuals' lives. Katie's innate ideation and opportunity-seeking nature drove her to want to repair access and inclusion issues through creative problem-solving, design innovation, or overhauling systemic failures starting at a young age.

 

Her mottos are, "Listen to understand, not respond," and "Never be afraid of a good pivot." Katie considers herself a connector and enjoys linking experts in their craft, assuring they understand each other and remain on parallel tracks throughout the entire collaboration. 

Katie is a visual thinker, clear communicator, highly organized manager, empathetic leader, and mentor, always on the hunt for growth opportunities. 

Katie has lived and loved all over the great city of Chicago and is happy to call Old Irving Park home. She is a mom to two wonderful boys and a whimsical rat terrier. In her free time, she paints giant paintings, cooks without recipes, works on home renovation projects, and adds to her ever-growing spoon collection.​ 

Katie Himmel is available to connect over email at any time. Please reach out with questions, to share fun facts, or to begin a project. 

Katie working at desk in jr high

This is Katie, in junior high, designing for a very important client while eating boxed candy. Things have changed minimally. 

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