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When The Traveler Goes To Art School: La Red

Welcome back to my series sharing a little bit of what I’ve been up to for the past four years, other than globe-trotting. Big surprise! It’s dreaming about travel. Well, and getting my degree in graphic design. Combine the two and you get a portfolio full of wanderlust driven assignments.

When we were asked to create a Senior Project (kind of like a mini thesis for art school kids) around the word “migration” I thought of course of recreational migration, or travel. I was inspired by my recent trip to Honduras and also companies like Baz Bus in South Africa and Kiwi Experience in New Zealand which are hop on hop off bus services for backpackers stretching across an entire country.

I wanted to create one with a twist: La Red (the network in Spanish) is a social business, a company designed to address a social objective, where profits are reintegrated within the country’s borders, promoting and sustaining the tourism industry and the natural resources that comprise it. The root of La Red is a network of pre-existing locally owned and operated transit, accommodation, and sight/activities. The funny thing is at this point in my travels I feel quite comfortable doing things on my own and wouldn’t really utilize a service like this, but if I were a first time traveler I would enthusiastically sign up! And that’s who I designed it for: first time travelers, young travelers, those who are enjoying their first trip outside first world countries.

What follows is an excerpt from the six page website I designed. I apologize for the blurriness of the images. If you click to enlarge, they are clear. My internet naiveté strikes again!

Honduras Tourism Website


Honduras Tourism Website


Honduras Tourism Website

Then, my favorite part, I created a series of ads for the service. These are postcard size inserts intended for travel and adventure magazines. After a summer in heavily developed Grand Cayman, I was struck by the raw beauty of traveling through Honduras and wanted to highlight the authenticity. The best part? They all feature my own photos from my time in Honduras.

Honduras Tourism Ads


Honduras Tourism Ads


Honduras Tourism Ads


Honduras Tourism Ads


Honduras Tourism Ads

You can see more of my design work on my portfolio website, or you can stay tuned for the next week as I share a few more of my favorite creations!

Previously in this series:
Sea Snaps
ID Magazine

When The Traveler Goes To Art School: ID Magazine

Welcome back to my series sharing a little bit of what I’ve been up to for the past four years, other than globe trotting. Big surprise! It’s dreaming about travel. Well, and getting my degree in graphic design. Combine the two and you get a portfolio full of wanderlust driven assignments.

I am an avid magazine reader across all genres and for a time fancied going after a job in the industry post graduation. This was one of many  layout assignments I undertook at Pratt, and they are as challenging as they are fun. Specifically, we were to design a special issue of our choosing of the International Magazine of Design. Can you guess what I chose? My favorite detail here are my magazine logo with the globe in it and the back page featuring different world currencies.

Feel free to click to enlarge!

Travel Magazine Design
Travel Magazine Design
Travel Magazine Design
Travel Magazine Design
Travel Magazine Design

You can see more of my design work on my portfolio website, or you can stay tuned for the next week as I share a few more of my favorite creations!

Previously in this series:
Sea Snaps

When The Traveler Goes To Art School: Sea Snaps

Something funny happens when you take a passionate traveler and force them to stay more or less tethered to one location for four years: they start to fascinate. Towards the end of my last semester at art school I ran into one of old professors who excitedly asked me “Are you still doing travel design?!” I had never thought of myself as a “travel designer” but as I began to put my portfolio together I realized I did have quite the repertoire of projects that I had steered with my wanderlust.

With graduation behind me and a shiny new Bachelor’s Degree of Fine Arts hanging on my metaphorical wall, I thought I’d share a some of my favorite travel related art I created over my four years at art school.

The first assignment I’m going to post is one I call Sea Snaps. The assignment was to redesign a disposable camera, and with my passion for diving my mind went straight underwater. I bought a disposable underwater camera, pried it apart, and made this, one of my favorite projects of all time:

disposable underwater camera
disposable underwater camera

In addition to my travel motif, I tend to use pattern a lot in my work, and I love this one. My fingers were covered in gold spraypaint and I was itching to go diving, but I remember presenting this in class as one of my proudest critiques.

You can see more of my design work on my portfolio website, or you can stay tuned for the next week as I share a few more of my favorite creations!