About Me: Neo-Archaic Web Design Consultancy

Neo-Archaic is a Dublin Web Design and Interactive Media consultancy established in 2004 by Karina Steffens.

Karina SteffensAs owner of Neo-Archaic Web Design, I create, from the ground up, a wide range of custom websites and multimedia. My client list includes SMEs, creative artists, and non-profit organisations.

As an independent consultant, I team up with multimedia and design houses, as well as individuals, and lend my skills to their in-house expertise. Over the years, I have collaborated with Originate Creative, Interactive Services, past employer Martello Media, and others.

If you need a creative designer, a code-monkey, an interactivity expert – or any combination – then I’m your woman.

So what are my “tools of the trade”? Well, that depends… The rise and fall of new technologies leaves the internet in a constant state of flux. Besides, no project or customer is ever the same. Every solution must meet these challenges in unique and creative ways.

But fresh ideas, an imaginative streak, and technical expertise are not enough. Real value grows from the old-fashioned principles that put the customer before technology. And so, each website and interactive is powered by the fusion of old values with new ideas.



I have worked as part of a team on these Award Winning Projects:

The Life and Works of William Butler Yeats Website

  • 2008 Golden Spider Awards Finalist: Best New Indigenous Website, Best Education, Research & Training Website
  • 2008 Digital Media Awards: Grand Prix 2nd Prize, Category Winner

Developed the online Flash version of the award winning exhibition, designed by Martello Media.

Cosmos in The Castle Exhibition

  • 2008 IDEA (Irish Design Effectiveness Award) for New Media / Multimedia
  • 2008 IDI (Institute of Designers in Ireland) Digital Animation Award
  • 2008 Digital Media Awards Finalist: Best Animation and Best e-Learning Product.
  • 2007 THEA Award (Outstanding Achievement In The Creation of Compelling Places and Experiences): Winner of Science Center Limited Budget Category.

Collaborated with Martello Media and programmed a series of console games for an interactive cinema experience.

Shanghai Expo 2012 Ireland Pavilion

  • Digital Media Award 2011 Finalist Business to Consumer Innovation
  • International Exhibitions Bureau 2010 Bronze medal for Theme Development
  • IDI Award 2010 Exhibition Design
  • Expo Bureau Shanghai 2010 Model Pavilion Award

Teamed up with Originate Creative and Martello Media to develop the “Send an E-Card” interactive.

Mini-CV: Qualifications & Skills

  • 1996 BA in Communications & Journalism
  • 1996 BA in International Relations
  • 1998 “Content & Origination” – a graphic design diploma from City & Guilds
  • 2006 DCEB Women Entering Business Course

Before founding Neo-Archaic in 2004, I worked for award winning Martello Media, creating Museum & Heritage interactive displays, and later developed corporate productivity tools for OpenSpark Interactive.

Since then, I have been involved with a variety of projects and clients in Ireland and overseas, and accumulated hands-on experience in:

  • HTML & CSS, most recently HTML5 and CSS3
  • Multimedia development with Macromedia Director and Adobe Flash
  • Design and Development software such as Photoshop, Dreamweaver, Illustrator and more
  • Programming languages including ActionScript, JavaScript, PHP, XML, SQL, Lingo
  • Content Management Systems (CMS), including WordPress and Drupal
  • Creativity and imagination, with a knack for problem solving

Neo Archaic is a registered  Irish Company. CRO 315663