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Explore Katmai Poster
This was a sophomore year class assignment based around designing a poster for a national park; it’s probably aged better than anything else I made around that time. The focus was to celebrate an aspect of a park in the way WPA posters once had, but produced digitally and revitalized. After designing the poster, I was assigned the task of creating a complimentary park brochure using the Unigrid system.
I selected Katmai National Park, located in southern Alaska. At the time of this project I actually hadn’t heard of Katmai before outside of their annual Fat Bear Week, a celebration of the bears’ hibernation preparation.
My preparation for this project involved researching the park scenery and how best to paint it. This 2’x3’ poster captures the dynamic feeling I got from the park.
As a project, this poster was fairly process-heavy. My first drafts involved color selection and simple sketching. I think I knew my project was “ready” when I added the bit of red, seen in the final. It tied everything together.
I did this project in my junior year, for a package design class. It combines two things I enjoy— stationery, and finding the perfect purpose for a good container. The assignment was to design a graphic for a metal tin so that we could get experience with printing on products via Oregon State’s Printing and Mailing Services. This was one of my first times working with a business like theirs, and I seriously enjoyed getting to do so.
The tin fits a small stack of postcards and standard note cards, as well as envelopes and a pen. On the inner cover I’ve ended up sticking down a few sheets of stamps and assorted stickers. I take it with me when I go places and have even gotten a few compliments on it.
It’s probably one of my most personally useful projects, so far. If you’re reading this, thanks Christine for coming up with this project. I really like what I made!
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