|The studio was formed in 1981 to assist small businesses in creating a professional business image. Early in 1986, the company decided to switch from traditional graphic design tools to computer aided design and has kept current with the latest in graphic design software. The studio’s clientele has grown from corporate identity and brochures for small businesses to providing Fortune 500 clients and national organizations with designs for technical and procedural manuals and wayside trail signage.
Studio owner and principal, Linnea Koch has over 30 years experience in combining text and graphics to create effective print materials and exhibits. When appropriate, she teams up with other creative professionals writers, illustrators, photographers and proofreaders to design projects that suit the client’s objectives. She enjoys brainstorming with clients to get the best possible approach and produce a project that creates a lasting impression. Prior to opening LK Design Source, Linnea apprenticed at an advertising studio, designed books and publications for several publishing houses, and created graphics and slides for training materials.
Most recently, LK Design Source has specialized in helping museums and organizations wishing to create or upgrade informative displays relating to historical information or natural features. Linnea has designed "Native Peoples of Illinois (1673-1835)" for the Schingoethe Center for Native American Cultures in Aurora, IL. The exhibit won the Superior Award for Exhibitions given by the Illinois State Historical Society and the Association of Illinois Museums and Historical Societies. The studio has completed several projects designing wayside signs for the Iowa and Nebraska Mormon Trails in conjunction with State Mormon Trail Associations and the National Park Service Long Distance Trails Office. The latest project is interpretive signs on the grounds of the Dillon Home in Sterling, IL explaining the history of the steam locomotive and caboose which are placed behind the Home.
Other projects completed are marketing materials for the "Dinosaurios Argentinos-Giants of Pategonia" exhibit at SciTech Hands On Museum, including posters, flyers and postcards and a billboard.
Sauk Valley Area Chamber of Commerce, Sterling, IL
Carthage College, Kenosha, WI
BA in Art
Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago,IL
Northern Illinois Univ., DeKalb, IL
Fine Line Art Gallery, St. Charles, IL
Elgin Community College, Elgin, IL
Waubonsee Community College,
Sauk Valley Community College,
Since 1989 4 6 annual Continuing Education Seminars in Graphic Design Software
Since 1998 2 annual PhotoShop Seminars
2003-04 Mac Design Conference
Later exprience includes employment at David C. Cook Publishing Co.in Elgin, IL, as a New Products Designer, designing teaching aids for different age groups, books for children and adults and a 32-page weekly paper.
At Home at the Office
This article about Linnea Koch and LK Design Source was published in Fox Valley Living in the early 90s. Text and photos are by Jonathan Cohon.