Karen Caines - CV

I am a passionate, ideas led, award-winning creative, with over 12 years experience in Art Direction, Graphic Design, and Film Editing. 

From concept to creation, I have worked on ad campaigns, photo shoots (in both Art Director and Photographer roles), branding and identities, direct marketing, branding communications and corporate literature, digital online ads (including mobile and tablet formats), film editing for TV ads and short films, direction of VO's and sound dubs, and have just recently added motion graphics to my skill set. I am hungry for design, and am always up for a challenge. I quite literally live, sleep and breathe creativity.


Email: karen.caines@thoughtsandscribbles.com



The Think Tank - Art Director, Designer - Jan 2015 to present
ALUK, OAG, Leica Geosystems, Asendia, OKI, Profile, Infuse Consulting, Capital, Jacksons Fencing, Flowflex

Thoughts & Scribbles Ltd - Freelance Art Director, Designer - Oct 2014 to present
OTM - Citibank
The Think Tank - Asendia, OKI, Leica Geosystems 
Omnicom Media Group - Hewlett Packard, MSN

Orchestra - Art Director - 2007 to 2014
Ford Direct, Sunvil, Inntravel, Visit Flanders, HomeAway, South Australia Tourism Commission, Dubai Tourism, Elavon, Indus Tours, Cobra, Azores Tourist Board, Journey Latin America, Visit Finland

Mice TMM - Graphic Designer - 2006 to 2007
Mazda (ZZ+), Canadian Tourism, Cavendish Equity Release, Cartridge World, Kirker Holidays, The National Trust, BBC Motion Gallery, CarsCarsCars, Audley, Discover the World, Simpson Travel, Golden Holidays

The Marketing Machine - Junior Graphic Designer - 2005 to 2006
CityLink Mortgages, Worth Recruitment, Maldives, AITO, Neilson

Identica - Work Placement - 2005 (2 months)
Crufts, The Kennel Club

The Team - Work Placement - 2005 (2 months)
The National Lottery, The HomeOffice, NHS

Start Creative -Work Placement - 2004 (2 months)
British Airways, Royal Mail

Bisqit - Work Placement - 2004 (1 month)
Hill & Knowlton

Design Bridge - Work Placement - 2004 (3 months)
PG Tips, Muller, Uni-Lever

Saatchi & Saatchi - Work Placement - 2003 (2 weeks)
Babybel, Ariel


Certitec Adobe Premiere Pro Authorised Training Course
Certitec Adobe After Effects Authorised Training Course (Level 2)
Certitec Adobe After Effects Authorised Training Course (Advanced)
ClearCast Training Course (Agency Certificate)

BA(hons) Graphic Design


Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Bridge)
Adobe Premiere Pro
Adobe After Effects
Final Cut Studio
Adobe Lightroom
Microsoft Powerpoint, Excel and Word


The B2B Marketing Awards 2016
In my Art Director role at The Think Tank I was involved in creating an integrated global marketing campaign for Leica Geosystems to support the launch of their Captivate product that has been shortlisted for two awards (Best Multichannel Campaign & Best International Campaign) at The B2B Marketing Awards 2016.

The Campaign Big Awards 2014
As Art Director at Orchestra I played a key role in the production of the Northgate Van Hire radio ads which were shortlisted for an award at the Campaign Big Awards.

The Travel Marketing Awards 2014
In my Art Director role at Orchestra, we won Best Online Advertising for our digital creative that ran as part of a wider 'Summer is Dubai' campaign for Dubai Tourism.

The Travel Marketing Awards 2013
In my Art Director role at Orchestra, we won Campaign of the year (upto £250k) for our 360 degree campaign for Inntravel and a silver for our online campaign for Dubai.

The Blades Awards 2011
As Art Director at Orchestra our advertising campaign for Inntravel was narrowed down to the finalists for an award at The Blades 2011.

The Travel Marketing Awards 2010
As Art Director at Orchestra our Northern Lights focused TV Ad for Visit Finland picked up a Silver Award for best budget TV advertisement.

Top 10 Regional Press Ads 2008 - Campaign Magazine
In my Art Director role at Orchestra, our Azores ad was voted number 8 in Campaign's Top 10 Regional Press Ads 2008.



"Karen was my right-hand creative at Orchestra – a true friend and partner in many creative adventures, from clambering up mountains on Andalucian photo-shoots to spotting a great campaign idea from the slush pile ... Karen's a great person to work with, has a very professional attitude and a keen eye for detail. I'd always give ideas the Karen-test first. If she liked them, they got worked on. If she didn't, they got worked on until she did."
Robert Crampton, Creative Director and Partner, Orchestra

"Working with Karen is like opening a window on a warm day - she breathes fresh air into any creative brief and has an uncanny ability to to see things differently (in a good way). She is truly media neutral, happy both on or offline, filming or editing. A delight to manage and an inspiration to work with."
Daniel Hurrell, Head of Art, Orchestra

"Karen has shown considerable flair and imagination in designing concert programmes for the Orchestra of which I am the Musical Director. Her eye for detail and overall vision is exceptional, and her designs have drawn deserved praise from other organisations, including one in Canada."
Miles Harwood, The Roding Players Orchestra (freelance work)

"Karen is known to me as a student on the BA (Hons) Graphic Design Programme at the University of Derby. During her time there Karen was a diligent and hard working student, her approach to research and development has always been strong. Conceptually adept Karen is a strong candidate. I recommend her to you."
Tracy Allanson-Smith, Lecturer, University of Derby