What Powers Us

In orbit since 1995, Sputnik combines exceptional design with a firm commitment to nurture client relationships based on responsiveness, honesty, enthusiasm, humor, respect and reliability. Sputnik means “Traveling Companion”. We see our clients as partners on a voyage to discover and create new possibilities in whatever world they have placed themselves. We work WITH our clients to create the best communications solutions possible.




A graduate of Ontario College of Art (OCA) and a Registered Graphic Designer (RGD), Karen applies her unique outlook on design to bring life to all Sputnik’s earthly communications. Her revolutionary vision launched Sputnik into orbit 17 years ago.

In addition to providing creative direction, design management and design of an impressive array of materials, Karen is currently a Vice President of the The Association of Registered Graphic Designers of Ontario (RGD Ontario) where she is Education Chair and sits on the Communications Committee. She has served on the assessment panel for York/Sheridan University graduating class for over 11 years. Karen has taught at OCADU (Ontario College of Art & Design University) and has judged for a number of design and visual arts competitions including Applied Arts Magazine.


Since graduating from Sheridan College, David’s 20 years in corporate communications has given him extensive expertise in a full range of visual communications including government, corporate, educational and retail sectors. He has developed numerous multi-dimensional retail marketing, corporate identity and branding programs as well as annual reports and websites.

Driven by passion and powered by imagination, David also offers exceptional organizational skills that add to the excellence of Sputnik’s creative forces. David joined Sputnik at its inception in 1995 and created a spark that would ignite a powerful design partnership with Karen Satok. He has also served on the assessment panel for York/Sheridan University graduating class for over 11 years.