Laukkonen Design

Karen Laukkonen

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

App technology that can save lives.

June 20, 2017 |  Karen Laukkonen

After a recent neighborhood emergency involving a broken tree branch, an arborist and many emergency vehicles, I learned about the PulsePoint respond app.

Early CPR and defibrillation can make a huge difference in a Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) situation. When it happens, we call 911. But what if there was a certified CPR-trained person nearby, who could be alerted to apply lifesaving CPR and defibrillation until the EMS team arrived? This app notifies CPR-trained bystanders that someone is having a SCA near their location, so they can help. If your local Fire/EMS agencies uses PulsePoint, your life could be saved by a bystander. 

Good technology, doing great work. Kudos. — Much adieu, Karen

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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.

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.