About me

My name is Karen Mackay and I am a Graphic Designer living and working on the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland.  I was born and brought up in Stornoway and studied Graphic Design at Grays School of Art in Aberdeen. Over the last 25 years I have worked as a Graphic Designer in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Ibiza (Spain) and the Cayman Islands. 


I have undertaken many varied projects over the years including design for brochures, packaging, stationary, posters, websites, book covers and even 2 spells as the Graphic Designer for the Bafta winning programme 'Katie Morag' which was shown on Cbeebies.

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Clients

  •  WESTERN ISLES HEALTH BOARD

  • COMHAIRLE NAN EILEAN SIAR

  • BBC SCOTLAND

  • WESTERN ISLES DEVELOPMENT TRUST

  • WESTERN ISLES DOMESTIC ABUSE FORUM

  • CHILD PROTECTION, COMHAIRLE NAN EILEAN SIAR

  • ISLES GROUP HOTELS

  • REEFNET

  • ISLANDS BOOK TRUST

  • MUSEUM NAN EILEAN

  • TAIGH CHEARSABHAGH

  • STORNOWAY WHISKY COMPANY

  • CONNECTED COMMUNITES

  • UNIVERSITY OF THE HIGHLANDS AND ISLANDS

  • WESTERN ISLES TOURIST BOARD

  • TALLA NA MARA, ISLE OF HARRIS

  • HOTEL HEBRIDES / KIRKLEA SELF CATERING

  • COMMUNITY CHANNEL

  • WESTERN ISLES TOURIST BOARD

  • CROFT NO 5

  • CROFT COTTAGE SELF CATERING

  • GREENSPACE

  • HEBRIDEAN CELTIC FESTIVAL

  • CEOLAS

  • SALAR SMOKED SALMON

  • OUTER HEBRIDES FOOD TRAIL

  • CREATING COMMUNITIES OF THE FUTURE

  • ULLIBHAL & CLEISIBHAL SELF CATERING

  • SHALOM SELF CATERING

  • RODEL VALLEY LOG CABINS

  • ABHINSUIDHE CASTLE

  • ORBIT AGENCY

  • ST CLEMENTS VIEW LUXURY SELF CATERING

Living out here on the edge of the world we have to be adaptable and I feel that is where my strengths lie. I love a challenge and have frequently found there is ALWAYS a way to solve a problem one way or another. 

I've added my Pinterest boards below as I believe a picture can say 1000 words. Looking at these is like looking inside my head! As you can see I'm a bit obsessed with Scandanavian design and folk art at the moment. Look out for some Scandi / Hebridean prints for sale in my Etsy shop shortly.