Magic Dossier: Karin Powell

Posted in Arcana on January 31, 2011

By Monty Ashley

Name: Karin Powell

Job Title and Duties: Senior Art Director

Age: Ageless

Family: Switzerland, Austria, Italy and United States

Education: AS in Graphic Design from SCCC

Began Working at Wizards: 2003

Previous jobs: UI Graphic Design Lead for Xbox Games Studio, Senior Designer at Watch Guard Technologies, Art Director at Visio Corporation, Creative Director: Studio 204 and KEJ Design.

How did you get your job here: The Stranger classifieds

Previous responsibilities within the company: Art Director, D&D

Magic playing accomplishments: Hmmmm, is that a trick question?

Expansions of projects you've worked on: Starting with Lorwyn through M12

Favorite part of your job: All the shiny foily goodness and the darkly humored people.

Least favorite part of your job: Shiny foily goodness costs money and darkly humored people require a lot of attention.

Thing you've worked on that you're most proud of: All of them really but if I had to narrow it down ... Shards of Alara Block, From the Vault series, Duel Decks, and M11

Other games you currently enjoy playing: XBox Kinect, Wii, Leapster Explorer, any classic card game aka Gin Rummy, Hearts, Solitaire, Poker, Spades (who doesn't like classic card games?), Yahtzee (I could play that game all night, so many dice to roll!)

Favorite Magic card(s): Any Dragon card, Shivan Dragon, Niv-Mizzet, the Firemind, Hellkite Overlord, Broodmate Dragon ... Any Sphinx, Sphinx of Lost Truths, Argent Sphinx, Sphinx of Magosi.... But my most favorite just for sentimental reasons really goes to Squee, Goblin Nabob, I am afraid. I know. Cringe.

In your spare time: Traveling, painting, cycling, reading, playing with my kids, cooking and eating (I am a total total total foodie).

Something the readers don't know about you: I am Swiss citizen, from the birthplace of graphic design, the best pocket knife ever, and the Helvetica typeface ... AND I'm a US Citizen as well, from the birthplace of ... well, you fill in the blank there ....

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