2021 — illustration & print ephemera

2021 — illustration & printed ephemera

2021 — illustration & ephemera design

Parks

Parks

Parks

Parks

Parks

Parks is the capstone project I completed for my undergraduate degree. I've always been very enamored with the natural beauty of the American West & inspired by much of the design created for the national parks over the past 200 years. I set out to create my own ode to the parks by crafting a fictional design/illustration system — one that could be applied to many individual pieces of ephemera that visitors could collect and cherish for years to come.

Parks is the capstone project I completed for my undergraduate degree. I've always been very enamored with the natural beauty of the American West & inspired by much of the design created for the national parks over the past 200 years. I set out to create my own ode to the parks by crafting a fictional design/illustration system — one that could be applied to many individual pieces of ephemera that visitors could collect and cherish for years to come.

Parks is the capstone project I completed for my undergraduate degree. I've always been very enamored with the natural beauty of the American West & inspired by much of the design created for the national parks over the past 200 years. I set out to create my own ode to the parks by crafting a fictional design/illustration system — one that could be applied to many individual pieces of ephemera that visitors could collect and cherish for years to come.

Parks is the capstone project I completed for my undergraduate degree. I've always been very enamored with the natural beauty of the American West & inspired by much of the design created for the national parks over the past 200 years. I set out to create my own ode to the parks by crafting a fictional design/illustration system — one that could be applied to many individual pieces of ephemera that visitors could collect and cherish for years to come.

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RESEARCH & INSPIRATION

The first order of business was establishing my design & illustration styles. I looked to some of my favorite landscape illustrators (Charlie Davis and Petra Eriksson, shown below) and borrowed from their excellent uses of color, texture, framing, and depth. 

Vignelli's famous work for the National Park Service is still successful to this day because it is beautiful and highly scalable. I sought to bring in some of those same Swiss influences (with a contemporary twist) while considering how to make my own designs just as scalable.

The first order of business was establishing my design & illustration styles. I looked to some of my favorite landscape illustrators (Charlie Davis and Petra Eriksson, shown below) and borrowed from their excellent uses of color, texture, framing, and depth. 

Vignelli's famous work for the National Park Service is still successful to this day because it is beautiful and highly scalable. I sought to bring in some of those same Swiss influences (with a contemporary twist) while considering how to make my own designs just as scalable.

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RI-2

ILLUSTRATION PROCESS

I chose four parks dotted around different areas of the United States, aiming for a breadth of color and texture in my landscapes. I began with sketches and then brought the designs into Photoshop to clean up my shapes and add detail & texture.

FIRST ROUND ILLUSTRATIONS

Arches-Draft

Arches Natl. Park

Arches Natl. Park

Utah

Utah

Glacier-Draft

Glacier Natl. Park

Glacier Natl. Park

Montana

Montana

Sands-Draft

White Sands Natl. Park

White Sands Natl. Park

New Mexico

New Mexico

Teton-Draft

Grand Teton Natl. Park

Grand Teton Natl. Park

Wyoming

Wyoming

FINAL ILLUSTRATIONS

Arches-Final
Glacier-Final
Sands-Final
Teton-Final

EPHEMERA CREATION

I created three pieces of printed ephemera for each of the four parks: posters, postcards, and an informational booklet. For each park's collection of three items, I created a "package" to hold & preserve everything in one place for easy distribution at each location. The goal was to make the experience of interacting with the printed package as beautiful as each individual piece. 

POSTERS

Poster-Glacier
Poster-Sands
Poster-Arches
Poster-Teton
Teton-Mockup
Glacier-Mockup

POSTCARDS

Postcard-Arches
Postcard-Sands
Postcard-Teton
Postcard-Glacier
Postcard-Mockup

PACKAGES

include poster, postcard, and informational booklet

Glacier-Package
Sands-Package
Teton-Package
Arches-Package
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