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In 2008 Karen Pfaff Manganillo left her design post at one of the most hailed, creative advertising agencies in Manhattan to return to her roots in North Carolina. She wasn’t looking for more of the same of what she had in New York City though. Karen wanted to see projects through from start to finish. She wanted to use the eight years of experience she had as a steward for some of the biggest brands in the world (Coca Cola, Wendy’s and The Wall Street Journal are just a few) as expertise that could transform marketing and advertising for smaller companies and entrepreneurs.

Now in its 10th year, KLP Design works with individuals, non-profits and mid-sized companies in North Carolina and beyond to create unique, authentic branding that works. Her process is focused, thorough and proven.


Skip the large agency overhead. From planning to design and production, Karen has real-world experience that translates to effective, unique branding for your business. She is connected to a network of high-level freelancers who she can tap if your business needs call for an expanded team.

Because KLP Designs is a single-woman shop you will always work with Karen directly. That allows her to pay attention to every last detail and ensure nothing falls through the cracks.

The focus of KLP Designs is to deliver design that clients love every single time.

For Advertising Agencies:

Karen has worked on some of the world’s most heralded brands, and she  freelances for agencies across the country doing print, digital and television. Please contact her for reel and portfolio.