|That's me. Kari McIntyre Kaiser. The quirky but creative little sister whose personality resumé includes past and present dandies like nightgown-belting, kazoo-playing, seam-kneading, food-segregating, narcoleptic, and allergic to name a few. I was born and raised in Hobson, Montana, a quaint little nest of a town boasting around 300 residents. After graduating high school, I spent my first year of college at MSU-Billings, then transferred to MSU-Bozeman where I graduated in 1999 with high honors and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.
Back in Billings in February 2000, I found my first professional opportunity as a production artist at KHG Advertising (later known as H2O Advertising.) My role soon expanded to include concepting, design, illustration and some photography and copywriting. In May 2002, I took a design job at Mercury Advertising in Bozeman, Montana. Another small agency, Mercury also thrived on its workers wearing many hats. Building on my creative skill set, I assisted in writing copy for TV, radio, and print ads and helped art direct two TV ads. At both agencies, I was fortunate to have the opportunity to learn from some very talented creative folks and I am grateful for the time I spent with them.
Still excited about design but ready for a change, I U-Hauled it back to Billings in June 2003. Throughout the summer, a steady stream of freelance jobs came my way, and I filled in the gaps with a few interior painting jobs. It became apparent to me that my work could fill a niche, and there would be no better time to start my own business. And so, in September 2003, Strange Sister Creative was born.
If ad agencies were Hummers, and people with home computers were Dodge Darts, I'd
be somewhere in the area of a Subaru Outback: much more reliable and technologically advanced than the Dodge Dart, but less expensive to operate than the Hummer and still able to handle much of the same terrain. Strange Sister Creative is here to offer services
to folks who want a professional design solution, but don't necessarily require a full-service ad agency.
Although I work alone, I do not work in a vacuum. I am always in research mode, absorbing interesting design wherever I find it, from the engraving on an old button or the pattern on a flower, to award-winning illustrations in a Print magazine. I love color and texture, pattern and composition, letters and paper. Hours fly by and seem not like work when I'm sketching a new logo or immersed in a Photoshop file. I approach every project with this enthusiasm for design, and strive to produce a thoughtful, creative and effective solution for each and every client.