Honoring our Veterans

by Kari - Nov 13, 2012


One of my favorite days at LearnKey is Veteran’s Day. The parade route in St. George Ut goes directly past our corporate office, and those of us that can get away from the phones are able to show our support to the veteran’s in our community. I look forward to it every year and thouroughly enjoy the amazing photo opportunities that come by, flags and uniforms, marching bands, balloons and lots of old cars. It’s fun and beautiful, and always makes me proud and sad at the same time.

I love seeing the men and women in their uniforms, especially the old-times from the world wars. Today I learned that we have 4 remaining Pearl Harbor survivors in our community, and at least one of them was in the parade today. That’s pretty incredible. It is a sombering thought to see them replaced with much younger veteran’s, young men and women that have already faught to make the world a better place.

LearnKey has been developing programs to support our veteran’s for some time now. We are very proud to offer programs that will create better lives for the men and women that have given so much to protect and serve.

I want to send a special shout out to all of the veterans but especially to those that I work with on a daily basis here at LearnKey. Thank you for your service.

We have all been touched by war, and most of us know someone that has faught for our freedom. Many of us have loved ones that are serving this very day. I hope that I am always able to attend the Veteran’s Day Parade, to show my support and thankfulness for a job well done.



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A look into filming for LearnKey

by Kari - Jul 20, 2012


How many wardrobe changes are needed for a short 3 minute promotional video? Well, in the case of David Clemons it took three. Three different shirts, two backgrounds and glasses off, just to get the best video that we could capture.

Being in the film studio is always an interesting experience. I realize every time how diligent and detail oriented our Salt Lake City crew can be. David Clemons and his colleague Oliver were in town for short time on a Monday morning. We had about three hours for Oliver to shoot a testimonial for LearnCast, and for David to shoot his version of LearnKey’s history.

Oliver’s shoot went off without a hitch; he was filmed in front of the blue screen as the crew already had an office type background picked out for him. Elizabeth McUen, or Liz our new production manager, was prepared with a barrage of questions that she directed at Oliver. He then responded with amazing detail and eloquence, he was such a great speaker that I was tempted to take notes. At the end of the shoot David added a few more questions for Oliver, we filmed for five more minutes and it was a wrap. The crew and Oliver made it seem so easy.

Then it was time for Dave’s History of LearnKey, a marketing video we requested to help promote LearnKey’s 25th anniversary. As Art Director of the marketing team, I had some input into how the shoot was organized, so I requested a different background. I wanted a white background “Apple-style”, instead of the blue screen. Dave’s cream colored shirt had looked great in front of the blue screen but seemed washed out in front of the white, luckily he was prepared with a few wardrobe options. I got the feeling that he’d done this before! He quickly changed into a black dress shirt and we started filming, filming… cut. The crew in the booth noticed that his cuff links were very distracting. Kudos to the crew! David graciously removed the cuff links and rolled up his cuffs and once again we start filming… cut. Five minutes into the take the crew decided the the stripes on the rolled up cuffs are distracting. So it was off to change to the third and hopefully final shirt, which luckily was a winner!

David was dynamic in front of the camera and shared some interesting insights into the birth of LearnKey. In fact he gave us 35 minutes of raw footage from which we’ll create a 2-3 minute video. Thank you David, for being such a great sport.

It’s a wrap, or at least the filming is finished. There is still a lot of work for the Salt Lake City crew to do before they send the footage to the marketing team in St. George. Once we receive the footage on a drive, Hyrum from the design team will spend many hours cutting and editing the film to create a nice little marketing piece for our 25th anniversary. I can’t wait to share the final product with all of our customers, and maybe Hyrum will blog about his part of the video making process!



A Day in the Life of LearnKey’s Graphic Designer.

by Kari - Sep 16, 2011


Hello, I’m Kari. I have the pleasure of designing wonderful marketing pieces for LearnKey. I also have the not so glamorous job of creating and updating the packaging and silks.   Do you know what silks are? I didn’t when I first started to work here.  Silks are the images printed directly on a CD, for our Video Courseware. Due to the re-organization of our company, I was recently asked to update the packaging and silks… all thousand or two of them.

The silks are .png files and aren’t directly editable, so each one has to be recreated from a template with the necessary updates and re-saved as a .png before being handed off to the printer. I created a new template in Adobe Illustrator with current information. I then have to change the title, product code and session number, before exporting the file as a .png for each silk. There are thousands of silks that need to be done, and due to the monotony and the sheer number of course numbers and sessions involved, the margin for error is high. (I am a graphic designer, doing the same thing over and over again shuts my brain completely off, but don’t tell my boss).

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Poster Contest

by Kari - Oct 14, 2009


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