A graduate of Washington State University’s Murrow School of Communication, she has interned/worked in printing and publications since 2005.
Prior to starting her own creative studio, Annette was a production designer for Alaska Newspapers, Inc. where she designed two weekly newspapers and a bi-monthly Native magazine, First Alaskans. When Alaska Newspapers’ parent company decided to liquidate its publications in summer 2011, Annette joined the ranks of laid off journalists looking for a new adventure.
In October 2011 she officially launched Kern This Studio, taking on the design of The Cordova Times and First Alaskans magazine — both under new owners after ANI’s closure — as her first major clients.
Other publications on her resume include Anchorage Daily News, The Idaho Statesman, The Tri-City Herald, The Moscow-Pullman Daily News and Washington State Magazine.
Annette won First Place for Magazine Design, Magazine Cover and Newspaper Graphic categories from the Alaska Press Club in 2010. The Idaho Press Club awarded Annette first place in news design for her front-page design collaboration with the Pulitzer-prize nominated news team during its coverage of Sen. Larry Craig, R-Idaho. She has also been awarded several design awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, Inland Northwest Chapter and a Murrow Award for excellence in communication.
In college, Annette was a two-time managing editor for The Daily Evergreen student newspaper where she redesigned the paper and lead a student team to launch a weekly entertainment section, MiX.