I love what I do!

Even after 25 years, I love being a designer.  I enjoy my clients and take great pride in the types of projects I work on. The past few years I have focused on small business, women-owned business, healthcare and non-profit design work. It is privilage to make a positive impact on the community with the marketing we do.

A Designer Who Wears a Lot of Hats

Kate Rappé specializes in Graphic Design for Print and Web. I can also help with print management on any project. My client range from small start-ups to large global leaders. When we decide to work together, we become a team. Please check out the portfolio, and let me know how I can help you on your next design project.

My design expertise includes but is not limited to:

  • Non-Profit & Corporate Collateral
  • Medical and Pharmaceutical Marketing
  • Event and Tradeshow Graphics & Marketing
  • Logo Design & Brand Development
  • Package Design
  • Hotel & Restaurant Marketing
  • Promotional Marketing (SWAG)
  • Book and eBook Design
  • Advertising & Direct Mail Design and Production
  • Social Media Marketing & Mailchimp Campaigns
  • General Marketing Planning & Design
  • Web Banners & Website Design
  • Printing & Project Management
  • Anything weird and outside of the box
More About CMYKate

I am so thrilled that CMYKate Designs is celebrating 25+ years of business this year.  It sounds like a cliché, but where does the time go? It seems like yesterday that I was a young designer graduating from Savannah College of Art and Design, ready to work for anyone who would hire me. After a few full-time jobs at an ad agency, a fancy design firm, and a marketing group, I quickly realized that I was going to be happiest working for myself and raising my family with a more flexible schedule. People ask all the time where the name “CMYKate” comes from. CMYK refers to the 4 color printing process – where Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black are printed to create full color images. Art art school, I was given the nickname “CMYKate” and it just stuck.

A Bit About Kate

Kate Rappé grew up in Vancouver, Canada and moved to Southern Illinois at the end of highschool. After attending art school in Savannah Georgia, she moved back to the westcoast and started her life in Seattle. She lives with her family in Ballard. She is married, has 2 daughters who are 17 and 19 and an energitic puppy.

When Kate is not designing, she enjoys doing anyting outdoors (hiking, paddling, biking), travelling, painting, doing volunteer work in the community and connecting with friends.

Work and Clients

My clients, like the places I have lived, vary from small to large, local to global, start-up to established business. I strive to provide quality design for all types of projects and for companies of all sizes. For the past few years, my focus has been on working with small businesses, non-profits and healthcare companies who make a positive impact on the community. All of my jobs are different, and require an effective balance of creative talent and technical skill. For some, it might be capturing a unique look and feel for a new company. For others, it may be finding the most creative way to express an already strong brand. I pride myself on loyalty, honesty, and having fun. Whatever the project, my goal is to complete it within your budget, on your timeline, and to put a smile on your face. I work out of my Ballard home studio in Seattle with my loyal studio dog Ellie. CMYKate donates design time and talent each year to many organizations. Most probono design work is given to non-profits, community groups and schools. Giving back to our community is an important part of CMYKate Designs.

My Process

I strive to make working together effortless. First, we’ll discuss your project so I can gather a detailed sense of your needs. Then I’ll provide you with a quote. Some projects are billed by the hour; others are a set project fee. I generally start my ideas on paper, but quickly move to the computer and create a series of concepts. Then the real fun begins! We’ll then collaborate to pick and edit a design direction and move through an editing process that varies from project to project. I’ll create final electronic art files for your online or print use that can be sent directly to you or to a printer. 

Rates & Schedule

My design rate is $75 per hour. I bill hourly and invoice monthly. I track my time using Timefox software. I am able to work on projects on a set bid if the project details have been established. However, time is tracked for every job to stay within budget. I have found for most of my projects, working hourly is the best way to keep projects moving. I do not charge rush rates, and take jobs as they come. I am often able to start a job the same week it arrives, but always establish an estimate and schedule for a project before we begin so expectations are met.

Technical Knowledge

Trained formally as a print designer, I will admit that print is where my heart is. But today, most of my client projects have digital elements, or are designed for the web. I am all Apple. That said, I still like PC users and will not hold it against you! I generally do all of my design work in the Adobe Creative Cloud Suite: In Design, Illustrator, Photoshop & Acrobat Some projects require using MS Office, so I’m fairly proficient in Word, PowerPoint, Excel I also have a working knowledge of WordPress & Drupal web platforms, as well as basic HTML.


EO Seattle

Attend regiular events in Seattle and other ciites, as well as particiate in a forum of small business owners. More on EO Seattle.

Rain City Referrals

President of a small business referral group of 24 members who all partner together to help grow each others businesses. More on Rain City Referrals.

Create with boldness. Serve with kindness. Live with gratitude.
Make each day count!

Kate Rappé

Owner, CMYKate Designs

And when I’m not in the studio designing…