Daphne Karagianis is a self-driven and highly dedicated designer, creative thinker, and collaborator. She’s inspired and motivated by great design—and most importantly—by its unique and powerful capacity to connect seemingly disparate groups. She’s been designing for over a decade—from apps and websites for global marketing and technology agencies in Chicago, to information and wayfinding systems for castles in Sweden, to branding and launching the first website for President Obama’s re-elect campaign in Washington, D.C. When she’s not hunched over her laptop, Daphne is most likely hunched over the handlebars of her bicycle. 




YOLO @ Freelance Designer



UI Design, Magic + Might

Lead Art Director, Studio 424

Senior Designer at Leo Burnett, Dept of Design

Senior Art Director at VSA Partners

Senior Designer at Obama for America

Designer at Democratic National Committee 

Art Director at DigitasLBi

Lead Designer at Columbia College Portfolio Center



Bachelor of Fine Arts at Columbia College Chicago

Recognized by Forbes Magazine as Columbia College Notable Alumni

Information Design Studies at Mälardalens Högskola in Västerås, Sweden




In the Community

Lecturer at Columbia College Chicago

Guest speaker at Rapha & AIGA 5x5 Intervals on Design: A design talk for cyclists by designers obsessed with cycling

Chicago Women's Elite Cycling Co-Founder, 2015 Team Captain, Designer chicagowomenselite.com

Chicago Design Museum Exhibit Committee Member 2014 chidm.com

Chicago Women's Health Center Volunteer and Organizer 2012-Present sadiehawkinschi.com

ArtCrank Poster Show

Life In Public An (Indoor) Art Show Inspired by New York City’s Streets
December 2013 Wythe Hotel, Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Designing for Politics AIGA Lecture

Portfolio Reviewer at VSA in conjunction with MoxieCon and AIGA

Guest Lecturer and Career Advisor at Columbia College Chicago
2008 - Present

2009 Cannes Lions 48 Hour Ad Contest

Category 1 Bicycle Racer

International Traveler




Branding and Strategy

Brand Audit of current creative assets

Brand Positioning

Logo and Identity


Print + Product


Web and Interactive Design

Website Design

Web App Design

Information Architecture

Social Media 



Ford Motors

Chicago Parks Foundation

Obama for America

Democratic National Committee 


United States Agency for International Development (USAID)

Make It Work Campaign

Clean Energy Trust

WBEZ Chicago

Kraft Foods, Miller Lite, Goose Island, Whirlpool, Disney, KitchenAid, Walgreens, Ford Motors