Curb Convo with Karen Hanson: Production Manager

Not only do we care about the humans behind our brands, but we also care about the humans behind our work. Our team is made up of talented, motivated, and passionate individuals who make our visions come to life. Over the next few months, we’ll be showing you the faces behind the Curb team and what makes us who we are. Join us!

Tell us about your role at Curb Crowser & how you got into production.

As the production manager at Curb, I assist our design team in producing print, packaging, advertising, and point-of-purchase displays. Additionally, my day-to-day tasks include collecting, processing, proofing, and uploading files. All done with a mix of both creative and technical skills.

Many moons ago, I was at a party chatting with a friend’s new girlfriend. She was telling me her role as a production artist, and I was wanting to get back into the creative field. I decided to go back to college to focus on that type of design and degree.

What’s the coolest part of your job?

My favorite part is when the designers want to add custom add-ons to their projects, such as foil treatment, special varnishes, or custom die cuts. Then the projects come back and you can feel the textures in your hand.

What are your hobbies outside of work?

If it has wheels, you’ll see me on it rolling by. Whether it’s roller skates, a bicycle, scooter, or my motorcycle. There is something about clearing your mind when you’re zooming along that I love.

When winter comes and I can’t hit the streets anymore, I’m out swing dancing to local rockabilly/country swing bands.

You just took part in IGNITION. What was that like? What was your favorite part? Tell us about your t-shirt design.

Yes! I was invited to participate in the first Motorcycle T-Shirt show called IGNITION (https://ignitionmoto.com), which is a gritty, gallery-style event showcasing limited edition moto-inspired t-shirts designed by local riders and printed right here in Minnesota.

Truthfully, I felt a bit intimated having my work hung up next to some big-time designers and people with past art that I have admired. My t-shirt design incorporated an old Minnesota motorcycle gem called the Minneapolis along with a lady commanding her ride. This would have been a rare sight back in 1913 when this motorcycle was produced. On the description placard I mentioned the Moto Litas/Lisas, an all female Moto group. Women came up asking how they could join! That really made my night. It’s a safe place for women new to riding to experience more on the road without judgement.

What’s one thing most people don’t know about you?

Fun fact: Working to set a land speed record on rocket powered roller-skates

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