After 26 years in the newspaper business, Marlin Evans started KareMar Productions, a design and printing business, from his home in 1989. Having been in a wheelchair since age 7 due to polio, the accessibility of home seemed attractive, as did self-employment. With characteristic optimism formed through adversity and the conversion of a small bedroom into an office, the business called KareMar Productions began. The flexibility of working from home is a great advantage, and the variety of roles demanded by a small staff keeps the work interesting.

His wife, Karen, joined the business in 2008 when she retired from the graphics department of the Muncie StarPress after working for the publication for 37 years. Their youngest daughter, Brook, joined the business in 1994, utilizing design skills she acquired at Ball State’s College of Architecture and Planning.

From the early days of desktop publishing, KareMar’s business has changed during its 30-plus years to include designing and producing many types of signs and printed materials. They also create artwork for various promotional products.

Ever-advancing technology has meant big changes for the printing and sign industries, but good design essentials are still the same. KareMar strives to provide customers with design options customized to meet their needs, at reasonable prices, delivered to their door.