Karen Templer

Hi there! I used to be a graphic designer — most notably as one of the art directors of Salon back in its pioneer days. I've done a lot of web consulting (Evite, Mother Jones, Adobe ... more authors and small businesses than I can count) and full-time product management for web properties. In 2000, I launched Readerville.com, a community-meets-content site for readers and writers, and in 2002 a print magazine, The Readerville Journal (named one of Library Journal's Top 10 new magazines). Readerville and I were written about in The New York Times, USAToday, O the Oprah Magazine, Working Woman and numerous other publications. Sadly, it was one of the casualties of 2009. 

While running Readerville, I began editing and writing books, chiefly for Sunset Books and Weldon Owen/Williams-Sonoma, mainly on the subjects of food and interiors — details at right. After a foray back into technology during the downturn, I am now concentrating my energy on editorial and community-based projects (both print and online), with an emphasis on areas that are near and dear to me, such as interiors, food and fiber arts, while laying the groundwork for another entrepreneurial endeavor.

Feel free to contact me if you have a project in mind —

• twitter: @karentempler
• resume: LinkedIn
• and: email


Cooking at Home
Weldon Owen/Williams-Sonoma, 2010

A Taste of the World
Gold Street/Williams-Sonoma, 2008

Design Inspiration
Six-volume interior design series published in Europe and Australia
Bonnier Books, 2007, 2008

Ideas for Great Tile
Sunset, 2006

The Readerville Journal
Nationally distributed print magazine, six issues, 2002-2003;
Web-based magazine, 2008-2009

• Assorted novels and other works






Design with Color
Sunset, 2009

Sunset, 2008

Design Idea Book: Learning from Designer Showhouses
Oxmoor House, 2007