At Saga Design, we help you successfully tell your brand’s story. We combine a creative approach with the analysis, strategy, great design and technological expertise to help create and consistently promote that story. We are a collection of passionate people who think and work with you to face the challenges of today’s marketplace—and get desired results. And how do we do that? Check out our life stories below.
After beginning her career in the software sales/development industry with Apple computer and a local software development firm, Kari Halbur founded an independent advertising agency, Red Door Creative, in 1995. With more than 25 years of experience drawn from extensive market exposure across a range of industries and state-of- the-art technology, Kari successfully manages projects ranging from major communications programs to one-time branding campaigns—with firms ranging from startups to Fortune 500 companies. She brings results-proven expertise to successfully address each client’s unique needs, with both the energy and expertise to meet marketing objectives, timelines and budgets. Kari’s industry-specific experience spans nonprofits, government, healthcare, commercial property acquisition, development and management, banking/financial services, software development, travel/hospitality and retail. Her latest endeavor includes Saga Design Group, a unique communication services firm that delivers strategic planning and branding expertise to emerging and high-growth businesses. Her clients range from early-stage startups to growth-stage entrepreneurial businesses. Her consultants have all served in key management and design roles across many industries. In her spare time, Kari enjoys biking, skiing, cooking, spending time her family and traveling. She has served on numerous boards and continues to provide design sponsorship to large nonprofit groups in the Mankato region, including the Red Cross and Feeding our Communities Partners/BackPack Food Program and the YMCA.
Sierra Kamatchus is an independent designer specializing in graphic design, illustration, marketing communications and type design. While carefully tuning into each client’s unique situation and needs, she develops impactful work product via a combination of strategic guidance and creative concepts. Sierra’s professional experience spans large marketing campaigns, visual brand identity systems, advertisements, brochures, displays, infographics, invitations, newsletters, signage and websites for a variety of small- to medium-range companies, as well as startups, in the following industries: banking/financial services, commercial property acquisition, professional services, healthcare, nonprofit organizations and retail. Following her 2013 graduation from the University of Minnesota Duluth with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in graphic design, Sierra completed an internship program at a financial cooperative for agricultural and rural clients. She subsequently joined a local advertising agency as a designer. Sierra is based in Mankato, Minnesota. In her spare time, she enjoys the outdoors, traveling and spending time with her family and friends. She is also an active member of AIGA (the largest professional association of designers) and volunteers for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.