I was brainstorming for some Christmas gift I could make that showed off the skills I'm developing with graphic design, had a personal touch that my friends and family would value beyond just the design and value of the paper it was printed on, and told a story. I remembered seeing these amazing posters in Chicago and decided to create a version of my own that featured some of the prominent sites in Ithaca. I'm going to try to get more of these printed so I can sell them online and at local stores (stay tuned to find out when and where).
After completing the designs, getting them printed, and giving them to friends and family I was told that I should try to sell them to the public. I decided that to do that I would need the artist's blessing if I were going to sell them. I sent my designs to Steve, who said he liked the Ithaca Falls one the best. He also sent me to Ranger Doug's website and explained that he was initially inspired by his posters. Ranger Doug has been compiling old National Park promotional posters designed by the WPA. He's also creating his own poster designs for parks that did not yet have posters. An exciting demonstration of how art is never completely new and how exciting it is to find yourself a part of a lineage of artists riffing off each other and developing the same ideas.