Relationship builder.
Mountain mover.


More than a designer, I am a full-service visual storyteller who gives life to creative strategy in order to promote loyalty, nurture brand relationships and change the heartbeat of audiences everywhere.

I love collaboration, thrive on multiple points of view and live to create impeccable designs, illustrations and photographs for all print, digital and social channels.

in their own words
Rod is a complete professional. In my interactions with him, I have found him to be totally organized, with a single-minded focus on creating the best product possible.
Greg Draper, Manager, Creative Services at Baylor Scott & White Health
Greg Draper
Manager, Creative Services, Baylor Scott & White
A talented illustrator, Rod has an eye for spotting and coaching photographers and other illustrators. He brings positivity to all of his collaborations. Rod gets an A+ on all fronts.
Beth Tomkiw, Chief Content Officer, Trusted Media Brands, Inc.
Beth Tomkiw
Chief Content Officer, Trusted Media Brands, Inc.
Collaborating with Rod for more than six years has been an absolute pleasure. He goes above and beyond to help keep our projects on track, under extreme deadlines and client delays.
Jennifer Breedlove, Communications Manager, UNC Health Care
Jennifer Breedlove
Communications Manager, UNC Health Care

"Rod gets an A+ on all fronts."

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Rod Karmenzind, wonderful human, talented designer

Award-winning, strategic designer

As a strategic visual communicator, my goal is to move my audience to action. And with a specialty in healthcare marketing, sometimes that means literally saving a life. Some of my clients have included: Baylor Scott & White Health, Cleveland Clinic, UNC Health Care, Kaiser Permanente, Baylor Scott & White McLane Children’s Hospital, University of Maryland Medical System, PetSmart, National Geographic and CBS. 

I have been recognized for my illustration and design work by several independent awards programs. But my strengths behind the scenes—art directing photo shoots, content strategy and exceptional client connection—are what I’m most proud of. 

When I’m not in the studio, I can be found spending time with my wife and daughter at the archery range, working on jiu-jitsu techniques with my son or playing Frisbee with my wonder dog, Sasha.


2019 FOLIO Ozzie gold award, HemAware magazine, single issue by an association or nonprofit

2013 NCAGIO two first-place awards, University of North Carolina’s Well magazine and UNC Medical Bulletin

2009 FOLIO Ozzie gold and bronze awards, delight! magazine, best use of digital illustration

2007 Adobe LAYERS magazine, digital gallery, exhibitor

"I can recommend Rod for any senior design position without hesitation!"
Jim Weidert
Social Entrepreneur, Founder - IntoWishin' Arts, Creative, Marketing, & Sales Consultant