Markko Karu

Markko Karu is a designer of many talents, who works with both the functioning logic and appearance of products and services. 

Since 1996 he has been active as a graphic designer, animator, AD and a creative manager. In 2004 Markko co-established the design agency Velvet, and in 2009 the service design and branding company Brand Manual. Since 2014 Markko has been working as a lecturer and a consultant in the fields of product design and communication and is a founding member of several start-up companies (Qminder, Hourdini, Skillific).


Design of the usage logic of virtual services, and user interfaces
Product and service development, conceptual design
System and process design
Service design
Visual identity

Markko graduated from the Estonian Academy of Arts as a product designer and has obtained a master's degree from the University of Tartu in the development and design of virtual services.

Markko is a design manager recognised by Enterprise Estonia, a member of Art Directors Club*Estonia, the Estonian Association of Designers and the Estonian Graphic Designers Association. He is also the chairman of the Supervisory Board of the Estonian Design Centre.


SEB Pank
T Grupp
Arcis Real Estate (Telliskivi Loomelinnak, Solaris)


ADC*Estonia design awards 2012, silver – mobile app (Qminder)
ADC*Estonia design awards 2010, silver – corporate style (Tartu Art School)
"Golden Egg 2007”, Bronze Egg – graphic design, packaging (Arco Vara style guide)
"Golden Egg 2006”, Golden Egg – graphic design, packaging (Klar)
"Golden Egg 2005”, Silver Egg – graphic design, yearbook (KredEx)
”Estonian Music Awards 2004”, best music video (Chupacabra “Tere, Kertu!”)
"Golden Egg 2003”, Bronze Egg – corporate graphics (Kulbert)
"Golden Egg 2001”, Bronze Egg – corporate graphics (Tridens)
Silver Egg - direct marketing (Ehitusmaailm: ”Janukustutaja”)