Laukkonen Design

Karen Laukkonen

Idea-oriented. Super-organized. Deadline-sensitive.

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Sometimes a web site is more than just a web site. It’s an asset. 

April 19, 2017 |  Karen Laukkonen

After owning 4 Seasons Resort in Hayward, Wisconsin for more than 20 years, owners Jar and Lori Welter put their gorgeous Nelson Lake resort up for sale. But they knew their former web site was a problem — in addition to basic technical issues, it lacked the beauty, friendliness and fun of the resort. It just didn’t tell their story—to new guests, or potential commercial property buyers.

Their new mobile-ready WordPress site tells that story, and more. Big photos, inviting copy and easy navigation means new visitors can quickly plan their family vacation. Best of all, the site is now an asset for the property sale. Having a turn-key online presence is a big incentive for future buyers.

Looking to buy a resort? Here’s your chance to get out of your office, and onto the lake. — Much adieu, Karenn

We used to trust big institutions. Now, we get in cars with strangers because we trust a brand. 

October 25, 2016 |  Karen Laukkonen

I'm a big fan of Ted Talks, they give me hope that smart people are solving problems I can't fix. This is my new favorite.

343. A number I will never forget.

September 9, 2016 |  Karen Laukkonen

Fifteen years ago, I worked on the Pierce account, a manufacturer of custom fire trucks. On September 11th, 2001, I was designing Pierce's yearly calendar featuring big fire truck photos and rugged firefighters. And then planes hit the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.

Hate pop-up ads on mobile web sites? Soon, Google will penalize for them.

August 24, 2016 |  Karen Laukkonen

If you're frustrated with pop-up ads on mobile, Google agrees. And is doing something about it.

It's time for that big sporting event in Rio. Watch your hashtags. 

August 10, 2016 |  Karen Laukkonen

Unless you're an official sponsor, those international games are off-limits. Don't tweet or post without reading Adweek's list of their prohibitions against business activity during the event.

Making a truly great logo

January 7, 2016 |  Karen Laukkonen

Learn from a master in this great video with Michael Beirut, describing the key features of a great logo.

Google just gave you another reason to launch a mobile-friendly web site.

March 8, 2015 |  Karen Laukkonen

Starting in April, mobile-ready web sites will get a “significant” boost over desktop-only sites. Is your site ready?

Using an older version of Internet Explorer? Change is a-coming.

August 10, 2014 |  Karen Laukkonen

In Jan. 2016, Microsoft is ending tech support for old Internet Explorer browsers. Here's why you should update.

An app's ability to empower a team, and inspire a region.

October 20, 2013 | Karen Laukonen

The Tunisian Government decided soccer games would be played to empty stands. Watch an amazing video about an app that solved that problem.

Sometimes you need to re-charge more than just your phone.

July 7, 2013 |  Karen Laukkonen

After a long winter Minnesota winter and a lot of work, I escape on a sailboat.