We don’t just create beautiful branding & visuals.
We empower you to use them.

Your business needs a brand. Not just a logo, but a real in-depth, authentic brand that represents you and the hard work you’re doing. Then what? Most designers simply hand off the files and walk away. But that leaves you hanging out in the breeze – dependent on others to help you use them. What is a vector logo, anyhow, right?

We’ve been helping small businesses brand and market themselves for almost two decades and are tired of seeing entrepreneurs like you struggle to continue once our contract is up. So, we’re setting a new example. One that we’re pretty excited about. Yes, we’re still providing the beautiful, memorable visuals for your brand, but then we’re empowering you to use them to grow your business. It’s time to take control and build the business of your dreams.





How can we empower you today?

I need a new or completely redesigned brand for my business.

There is nothing more exciting to us than a blank canvas! Starting fresh, or clearing the slate and starting over, is a big step in your business. But we’re here to guide you along the way and make sure you build the strongest brand foundation possible in order to grow your business to success.

I have a brand, but it’s not as cohesive or memorable as I’d like.

If you’re starting to feel like your website and Instagram are for two different companies, then this is for you. One of the most important steps in branding your business is cohesion – you’re already fighting for attention, why make it harder on yourself to be memorable? You need a brand refresh and we’ve got you covered.

I love my brand, but am tired of having to rely on designers to create my visuals.

Yay! Being proud of your brand is such an important step for any entrepreneur! But, if you’re without the tools and knowledge to make the most of it, then it’s not serving you as well as it could be. But, don’t worry, with just a little bit of information, you’ll be ready to elevate your business to the next level in no time!

About Karen Stevenson

With almost two decades of design and marketing under her belt, Karen’s got the experience, but at the same time, has a love of learning that keeps her on the cutting edge of what’s new. In this ever-changing world of technology, digital communications and current style, she adapts and delivers to get her clients results. She adores the people she works with, calls many of them true friends,  and loves to help them build a visual brand that they can be proud of!

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What Our Clients Are Saying

"It is hard for me to believe we have been working with Karen Stevenson of Thumbnail Designs for the past nine years, our business relationship has flourished over that time and has been one of the most rewarding of my professional life.

Karen took over our account in 2011 and came on board by taking the time to assess our existing marketing & advertising, learn our business model and worked with us to determine the necessary steps to identify our target market, increase our market share and grow our business and profitability.  Karen has been invaluable in retooling and redesigning our now interactive web site and social media marketing which is constantly evolving and is now our primary advertising medium.

In 2017 we launched a new large scale business and Karen was instrumental from the ground up in every aspect from concept, logo design & branding, signage, website development, social media platforms, press announcements, all print advertising as well as social networking to promote our new venture.

In short, I have a valued and trusted advisor in Karen who is always there to help us evolve, grow and promote our business.  I look forward to working together for many years to come."

– Fred A.

Scotch Plains Tavern

"I have worked with Karen on multiple projects over the past 10 years. I have always been completely satisfied and impressed by the incredible quality of her work. I'm always looking forward to the next project!"

– Christa W.

"Karen Stevenson has been one of the best designers I have worked with. She has such a strong understanding of how design affects business and the customer's experience. Karen has an amazing way of translating how I wanted my brand to feel like into visuals. I loved the final product the look and feel were exactly how I wanted it."

– Diana L.
Executive Coach

"I have worked with Karen for many years. In addition to managing a busy restaurant, trying to market, advertise and oversee social media was very difficult to do. Especially being creative and innovative. Karen has taken that role over for us with excellence. Karen is very easy to work with and has brought all our advertising platforms to a much higher level. I would recommend Karen's services to anyone in need of her talents in these areas."

– Curtis J.
General Manager, Back Porch Restaurant

"Karen is absolutely wonderful to work with! I give her minimal direction and she always conceptualizes exactly what I am looking for. She is a very talented designer, hard worker and turns things around quickly. Most importantly she is so just so nice to work with. I highly recommend her for all of your design needs!"

– Lisa K.
Lisa Kay Designs

"Karen really took the time to understand the demands of our business and how best to create a website that would meet those needs. The design is clean and timeless, the interface is user-friendly for our customers, and making small updates is a breeze. We’d been floundering with a clunky site for years...should’ve worked with her sooner!"

– Terri R.
Team OKM

"As a new business it is difficult to find a vision or brand identification. Karen and Thumbnail Designs exceeded our expectations for what we had envisioned for design and website creation. Our clients and friends often comment on the look and functionality of the site."

– Ryan S.

"My company has been working with Karen for many years now. She designs and updates our website, designs our packaging, brochures, instruction manuals and ads. Her work is always exceptional and she is always very responsive to our needs. Karen is a great person to work with and I always highly recommend her to my peers."

– Marian H.
Sales and Marketing at AdDent, Inc.

"I have had the pleasure of working with Karen for 5 years.  She is extremely professional, creative,  knowledgeable and gets projects completed promptly. She Designed our company website and it’s fantastic!"

– Marla P.
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