3 Weeks of Map Making

MakeAMap-givegiftSure you have the joy of taking my Skillshare classes year round at your own pace, but just in time for the holidays, I thought it’d be fun to run a special map making session where I share new ideas, inspiration and resources. I’ll be sending regular email reminders to keep everyone on track, as well as giving feedback to projects. The goal is to encourage people to make a gift this year, rather than buying one. What better gift than a map?

For some added inspiration you can see some of the amazing and creative projects students have created in this class in the past. It’s open to all levels and abilities, and there’s no need to be a designer to join. The videos haven’t changed since I first launched the class, but I’ve added annotations and loads of new resources.

To join you need to sign up for my Map Making class (the membership will let you take as many Skillshare classes as your heart desires), and also sign up for the session. I’ll also be giving away two awesome prizes to one lucky participant: a copy of the Herb Lester Paris Small Shops city guide I wrote, as well as a copy of the book The Art of Illustrated Maps by John Roman. Hope to see you there!!


Links to my other Skillshare classes: The Art of Travel Posters, Map Making, Basic InDesign, InDesign in 30 Minutes and Redesign Your Résumé.

After the Attacks, Paris Resilience

pretavoyager-paris-ruedelasolidariteThere are too many days in history where one minute changes everything. In a city where I always feel so safe (with the exception of a higher risk of pickpockets), the Nov 13th Paris attacks were, and still are, incredibly surreal. The majority of the attacks were in the 11th arrondissement – my neighborhood! – and nearby 10th. Much has been written since about these neighborhoods, and the fact that they are multi-cultural and welcoming places. The locations targeted still feel so arbitrary to me, and I very well could have been at any of them. I have friends who had plans to be at the cafes and restaurants, but plans changed for one reason or another that night.

I feel incredibly fortunate, that in a small city, where I know hundreds of people, I did not know any victims. However, I am only one person removed in several cases. I’ve found myself donating to people and families I’ve never met, but it’s part of the healing process. The first week was the hardest, the longest. Every day starts to feel a bit more normal, but you still ask a friend “How are you?” and the response is still mixed. You feel strange going on like nothing happened, but at the same time life is way too short to live in fear.

And as terrifying as terrorism is, the way I see it, we’re still more likely to be victims of a car accident from crossing the street by looking at our phones instead of paying attention to where we are going. To be honest what is scarier to me now is some of the anti-refugee and religious rhetoric that I’ve seen come out of the U.S. When everything was unfolding, I once again was very appreciative of European news coverage – particularly watching the France24 livestream on Youtube – that is balanced, smart, straight reporting, not speculative or fear inducing.

Throughout everything, Paris has proved its resilience. And that’s what makes this city so amazing. The images below are all part of my own healing process.

pretavoyager-paris-peace-berlin2I was in Berlin when the news of the attacks happened, set to catch a 6am flight the next morning. For the first time ever, I intentionally missed my flight (thankfully the airline was incredibly understanding and rescheduled). Everything had taken place in my neighborhood, at places I pass on a regular basis. I was up until 4:30am following the developments and there were still so many unanswered questions. Instead, I stayed in Berlin for an extra two days. On Saturday a German friend took me to Brandenburg Tor where the French Embassy in Berlin is, and where crowds were paying their respects.

pretavoyager-paris-peace-berlinpretavoyager-paris-cafedelapaixWhen I returned to Paris on Monday there was a chill in the air, with the grey skies and quiet streets. Tourists were out, but their heads were in maps so they probably didn’t notice the lack of people on the streets. I walked by Café de la Paix near Opera to see the tables and chairs stacked and the terrace closed. I felt like I processed a lot while I was away, but that day felt far more overwhelming than I expected.

pretavoyager-paris-peace3Fluctuat Nec Mergitur is the Latin phrase that appears on the Paris coat of arms and translates to “tossed but not sunk.” I didn’t expect to pass two attack site memorials in my neighborhood on my way to this wall (I was on autopilot- a typical route I take). I hadn’t made the connection from news reports, and then I saw flowers. It still feels unimaginable. Many people were there paying respects as the city works to heal.

pretavoyager-paris-peace2Notre meilleure arme le sourire. Our best weapon is a smile. Spotted in the 10th arrondissement.

pretavoyager-paris-bleublancrouge-eiffeltowerLike many monuments around the world, the Eiffel Tower turned bleu, blanc et rouge.

pretavoyager-paris-peace4Même pas peur. Don’t be afraid. ❤️ Touching respects at Place de la République. As people lit candles and left notes, there were sounds of sniffles (the healing kind) and in the background a gospel choir sang while multiple people carried signs that said “calins gratuits” (free hugs).

pretavoyager-paris-peaceA moment of peace at Place de la République.

Read more expat essays responding to the Nov 13th attacks on The New York Times.

Many of these images already appeared on my Instagram feed, where I often tell stories and share my impressions when I don’t have time to blog. I shared thoughts on Twitter as well.

Anish Kapoor at Versailles

pretavoyager-anishkapoor-versailles-2Every summer the gardens of Versailles are transformed with art installations, and often a bit of controversy. This year six contemporary pieces by English artist Anish Kapoor‘s changed the landscape. The large scale works which have been up since June will be on display until November 1st.

I had a chance to visit earlier this fall when my friends Ashley and Cydney were in town. Ironically the threat of rain that day led to dramatic skies, and even more beautiful installations in a magical place.

pretavoyager-anishkapoor-versailles-5Sky Mirror


pretavoyager-anishkapoor-versailles-1Ashley, Cydney and I are reflected here! (Hint: my phone is bright pink.)

pretavoyager-anishkapoor-versailles-7Sectional Body preparing for Monadic Singularity

pretavoyager-anishkapoor-versailles-6pretavoyager-anishkapoor-versailles-8Dirty Corner covered in vandalism. The piece was controversial from the beginning as it disrupted the sight line down the gardens. After the graffiti, initially it was a conscious decision not to remove it (although it was condoned), but the controversy was heightening and has been since painted over.


#Descension. Mesmerizing piece by #AnishKapoor at @ChateauVersailles. #Versailles

A video posted by Anne Ditmeyer / Prêt à Voyager (@pretavoyager) on

Descension: press play!

pretavoyager-anishkapoor-versailles-11Map. Presentation of exhibition. The exhibition. Biography of the artist.

Versailles is easily accessible from Paris on the RER C (Versailles – Rive Gauche) and the L train from Saint Lazare. The main gardens of Versailles are free on week days.

Secrets of Instagram to Plan Your Next Trip

Screen Shot 2015-10-19 at 00.28.09For so long Instagram has allowed us to travel vicariously. Now more than ever it’s a tool to help make the most of your trip.

Despite being known as a traveler (prêt à voyager translates to “ready to travel,” after all) I do surprisingly little to prepare for a trip. I spend more energy packing than planning my trip, but even that doesn’t get much attention. Over the past year I’ve figured out how to unlock Instagram as my best travel friend that allows me to go a bit deeper in the city, uncover some unlikely sites, and, most importantly, help me travel the way I want to travel (aka avoid the tourists). It’s also the perfect visual archive to share highlights of my travels, especially when I don’t have time to blog––like that time I went to Japan

Read my latest article on Medium, where I share my five favorite tips for making the most of Instagram to plan your next trip!

Follow me @pretavoyager on Instagram + Twitter + Medium! I teach MAPS, Travel Posters, InDesign, and Redesign Your Résumé on Skillshare, and give Paris tours through Vayable! Don’t miss my new Paris Posters Tumblr!

Flash Invaders: Invader Was Here

pretavoyager-flashinvaders-appInvader is a French street artist who has been “invading” the streets of Paris – and the world – since the late 90s. In 2014 Invader launched Flash Invaders app that is a retro modern interactive scavenger hunt battling against human competitors around the world as you wander the streets hunting for Space Invaders.

Life goals come in many forms. For me it recently was getting to the Top 200 of the Flash Invaders app. Between my Fitbit step count fixation and tours of Paris that keep me exploring, flashing Invaders became second nature to me (and I’ve gotten several friends hooked too).  I realized I was getting closer to 200th place a couple months ago and it seemed like a good goal. It took much longer than expected to reach it, as I constantly was battling out other competitors. It was a big weekend of Invaders for me. I was so close, I sought out the blue Invader that took me over the top. Now it’s anything but “game over”.

pretavoyager-flashinvaders-app-screenBest App Ever! Download the Flash Invaders app from the App Store. Take a photo of the Invader – aka “Flash It” from the app and let it process. It works with GPS [zoom in to get the target] and images have to be taken through the app, so there’s no cheating. Make sure you have the sound on, because the app not only looks like a retro video game, it sounds like one too! Each Invader is assigned a point value and you are scored. Your ranking can go up and down as you play against others around the world on the app.

pretavoyager-flashinvader-app-198Ta-da! I did it! Not only did I get past 200, but I made it to 198! And I managed to do so with fewer Invaders than those around me (168 to be exact for a total of 6030 points). I’d been actively chasing Invaders in recent weeks, but turns out there are some very serious competitors as a routinely hovered around 207th place despite flashing another dozen Invaders. My glory of 198th place won’t last for long, but I still achieved my goal!

pretavoyager-flashinvader-strategyNow that I’m far enough along in “the game” (& my goal of making it to the top 200) I’ve been known to do some extra research. In addition to @invaderwashere (the official account on Instagram), players often tag their images #FlashInvaders. This feed pulls from Invaders all over the world, but there is still a large centralization in Paris (and I clearly need to go back to Tokyo, with a different mission in mind). The example above involved me staring at the Instagram post on the left and trying desperately to figure out the names on the blurry street signs (on the Invader account they often blur street names to make it harder to find). I used my typography skills to pick out a few key letter forms before breaking out my Plan de Paris map book. A quick cross check on Google Street View and booyah! I found it. True Story. I’ve also been known to stare at shop signs in images and Google all the locations until I find one on Google Street View with a wall that mimics a recent invasion. Don’t worry, it’s a healthy habit and gets me exercise!

pretavoyager-invader-aliceThe way it works is the larger the Invader, the higher the point value. (I know, it feels like it should be the opposite because the smaller ones are often much harder to find). Alice here was +100 points. A lot of times I’ll figure out which neighborhood an Invader is in, so it’s a perfect excuse to walk for hours, as was the case here.

pretavoyager-invader-3pacmanInvaders come in many shapes and forms, but most are inspired by video games.

pretavoyager-invader-soupeOver time, sometimes Invaders lose tiles (or they are intentionally defaced). Tip: go ahead and flash them even if they’re in bad shape, you’ll likely still get the points. Also, sometimes old Invaders are repaired and reactivated.

pretavoyager-invader-ruemartelAfter spotting this one online with the street sign, I may have taken a 40 minute detour last week in order to get the points. I’ve been flashing Invaders for over a year, but still have snapshots in my head of ones I need to go back and find again for the points.

pretavoyager-invader-blackThere are many copycat Invaders in the world. The app ensures you’re finding the real ones. (This is a real Invader).

pretavoyager-invader-yellowfolderStreet corners are the best place to keep your eye out for Invaders. But I’ve also found one in a swimming pool and another in a bookstore. I’m still keeping my eyes out for the one in the Pizza shop!

pretavoyager-invader-costWith the app, sometimes you forget that you’ve already gotten the points for a particular Invader. Don’t worry, the app has a sense of humor and will remind you you’ve lost your memory.

pretavoyager-invader-perelachaiseSometimes the Invaders may have a theme related to their environment. (Père Lachaise cemetery pictured in the background here). I also love that I walk Paris so much that I can see a tile wall, an shop awning or a small clue in the background and easily identify where it is.

pretavoyager-invader-paradisIn a world where our phones keep us looking down, Invaders keep others looking up!

pretavoyager-invader-flowerpowerSometimes you’ve walked a street a million times, and then one day an Invader appears. Perhaps you’ve never truly opened your eyes, you finally walked the other way down a street, or maybe there was a new Invasion.

Download the Flash Invaders app, and learn more about French street artist, Invader, and more of his rad projects. Many are well documented online (see Paris Summer Invasion) and at @invaderwashere on Instagram. Long before the app, Invader has carefully documented each Invasion, which are compiled into beautiful books (complete with maps with point values in the back).

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Nuit Blanche Paris 2015

pretavoyager-nuitblanche-juliuspoppFor years Nuit Blanche has been my favorite night of the year. The “white night” or “sleepless night” is a night of art installations where the city becomes a giant, free gallery. In Paris, Nuit Blanche is always the first Saturday in October, and each year there is a different ‘parcours‘ (route) to explore different areas of the city. Installations this year were in churches, firehouses, on bridges, in front of a train station, in schools, in museums, and inside abandoned rail tunnels. Most installations opened at 7pm and went until 7am (personally I only made it to 4am). This year’s theme was climate change in honor of the upcoming #COP21 talks that will be in Paris in December.

pretavoyager-nuitblanche-juliuspopp2Julius Popp Bit.Fall raining words on bridge Rue de l’Aqueduc in the 18th. The outdoor installations that can be seen from multiple locations are always a favorite because they don’t involve waiting in line! (A reality of the popular night). The raincoats were a nice touch, however, I’m not sure how sustainable they were, especially when they were thrown on the ground…

pretavoyager-nuitblanche-minimummonument1#MinimumMonument by Néle Azevedo was a highlight for me. Waiting in line for another installation, I took a peek at the #NuitBlanche hashtag on Instagram and saw that these ice men were melting quickly, so I was happy to catch them before they disappeared. The installation was supposed to go until 1am, but we were there around 10:40pm, and the ice figures on the top steps were long gone – talk about climate change at work!

pretavoyager-nuitblanche-minimummonumentThroughout the night there were mediators. My enthusiasm for this exhibition was met by a mediator telling me that these 3,000 ice figures took 20 volunteers 10 days to create. Earlier in the evening the public placed them one by one on the steps.

pretavoyager-nuitblanche-leandroerlichIn front of Gare du Nord was Leandro Erlich‘s ‘Maison Fond’ (melting house). With the crowds it was hard to see the bottom of the house, which was the most telling part of the untraditional house.

pretavoyager-nuitblanche-casernechateaulandonBesides Bal des Pompiers, it’s fun to see an art installation in a [former] firehouse: Caserne Louis Blanc. Seeing the still images of Zimoun’s ‘1.8km Rope’ doesn’t truly do it justice as the wooden poles danced, tied to mechanisms installed on the ceiling. The sound was loud and echoed in the space. The line to get in however, was unnecessarily inefficient.

pretavoyager-nuitblanche-zimoun2I like to go for the spaces as much as for the works!

pretavoyager-nuitblanche-eglisestmerriOne of the challenges of the night is avoiding the masses, but also being aware of the hours. From peeking on Instagram, Saint-Eustache looked cool, but arrived right after it closed at midnight. Thankfully Eglise [church] St. Merri was nearby with Djeff et Monsieur Moo.

pretavoyager-nuitblanche-djeffetmonsieurmooThere’s something extra surreal seeing the inside of church transformed. In addition to the boat and broken glass installed in the choir and apse of the church, the lighting changed as if to reflect the state of the world.

pretavoyager-nuitblanche-petiteceintureThe section of the Petite Ceinture in the north of Paris is typically closed to the public (although I did have the chance to walk it this summer for Danse sur les Rails). For Nuit Blanche they opened a 1,5km section to walk.

pretavoyager-nuitblanche-stephanericordelStéphane Ricordel’s ‘Nuage’ (cloud) was overhead and snowed from time to time. Throughout the night there were performances which involved the artist, but unfortunately around 2am I didn’t catch any of that. Instead we continued forward through the long tunnel.

pretavoyager-nuitblanche-michelblazy2Inside the tunnel there were sound installations, but also Michel Blazy’s textured paintings at the far end. However, the thing most striking to me was how much cleaner the tunnel was from when we walked it this summer!

pretavoyager-nuitblanche-104Despite the fact that Nuit Blanche is one night early, the good news is that not all of the installations are over. Inside 104 (Centquatre) contemporary art center, Follia Continua is on until November 22nd, with many noteworthy artists on show, including Anish Kapoor.

pretavoyager-nuitblanche-anishkappor-104Part of Follia Continua, Anish’s Kapoor’s ‘Ascension’ is an impressive piece to witness (as well as his installations at Versailles) where the moisture comes from the floor boards and is sucked into the tunnel above. The way you enter the room is also memorable.

pretavoyager-nuitblancheparis-posterQUICK TIPS FOR NUIT BLANCHE

  • Pick up a paper program at Hotel de Ville about a week before the event. (There’s typically a PDF map on the website to download too). The printed programs and maps are also available the evening of Nuit Blanche at the key venues, but sometimes are a bit harder to track down.
  • Download the free app.
  • Make sure you bring extra battery charge for the night – it’s a photogenic night!
  • Realize that the more central you are, the more crowds there will be. Also, the more certain pieces get press, the more people will go to those places.
  • Don’t try to see it all – decide which interests you the most and start in that area. It’s also a fun excuse to visit parts of the city you’ve never explored before.
  • Use social media (Twitter and Instagram) to search the #NuitBlanche hashtag — it’s a great way to scout, just be warned, some other cities around the world may get mixed in as well.
  • There are a lot of unofficial installations which can be just as fun. Many restaurants and bars stay open all night. In recent years, food trucks have been integrated into the routes.
  • Wear comfy shoes! You had to wear close-toed shoes to access the Petite Ceinture. I also ended up walking home from across the city because I didn’t want to wait for the bus.
  • Depending on which areas of the city are featured each year, certain sections of the metro are open all night and free after 2am. (The map in the printed program is super handy for this information).
  • Mark your calendars for the first Saturday in October for next year!
Follow me @pretavoyager on Instagram + Twitter + Medium! I teach MAPS, Travel Posters, InDesign, and Redesign Your Résumé on Skillshare, and give Paris tours through Vayable! Don’t miss my new Paris Posters Tumblr! … I also have a new 2 week Résumé Redesign Session kicking off this week!

Top FRENCH Paris Instagram Accounts

pretavoyager-faveFrenchInstagrammersI was recently honored by being named one of the top Paris Instagram accounts to follow by Conde Nast Traveler (I even got listed 1st! YAYYY!). I’m in good company and lucky to know several others who made it on the list as well. Something that caught my eye, however, is that there were only one or two FRENCH Instagrammers, and three men on the list of thirteen.

Anyone who has read my Medium article on Swimming Against the Internet Stream knows that one of my recent pet peeves is how so much of the internet looks the same, so I wanted to create this post to help round out the original list. I also think the expat and local perspective are a bit different, so it’s important to share both sides of the story. These French accounts (in no particular order) also happen to be some of my favorite people to follow regardless of where they’re from, so I hope you’ll take the time to check them out. You’ll also discover some amazing places to visit – in Paris, and beyond!

instagram-linstantparisien@linstantparisien has a magical way of capturing the creative and hidden side of Paris through a wonderful photographic eye, and captions that enrich their discoveries. Laurent and Fabrice are behind the camera and have an incredible series of features on their website, L’Instant Parisien, with beautiful cinemagraphs that come to life (click into the archives – noteworthy are my pals Kali and Print Van Paris!). Word on the street is they have a magazine in French and English coming soon! {Check out the original post for the cool story behind this space}


instagram-marieannebruschi@marieannebruschi is a French journalist I discovered while researching a hashtag online. Her photos caught my eye from the first glance. She has a way of capturing new/special events and places in a truly genuine way. {Click here for original image to learn more about this space.}

//instagram-usofparis2@usofparis (Alexandre) and I first connected at Hotel de Ville when the city was running a blogger event. Years later he’s still on the tip of what’s happening in the city. Even if he goes to places that are closed to the public, he makes you feel like you were there. {Click here for the original image and more on this expo.}


instagram-elodierambaud@elodierambaud is a Parisian food and lifestyle stylist. Her book Shopping Insolite à Paris was recently translated into English under the title, Paris Style Guide (I like the UK cover better than the US one). I find Elodie’s account refreshing because although she is a professional stylist, her account doesn’t feel overly styled or forced. Elodie is also a good friend of mine from when we connected when I was working for Design*Sponge when I first moved to Paris. {Click here for more on the original image.}


instagram-parisvsnyc@parisvsnyc (aka Vahram Muratyan) is best known for his illustrative series juxtaposes Paris and New York that started as a blog and morphed into much, much more. Vaharam may be traveling the world more than staying put in Paris at the moment, but he has a great eye and way of sharing things, so even the clichés don’t seem so cliché. {Click here to read the entertaining caption that goes with this image.}


instagram-rueamandine@rueamandine uncovers the latest openings and events in Paris that are open to anyone (especially families). Behind the scenes Amandine and Isabel run Rue Amandine, a fantastic Paris apartment rental and concierge company for a personal, local touch during your next trip to Paris. I particularly love their “road book” custom itineraries. {Click here to learn more about the original image!}

instagram-papiertigram@papiertigram (aka Papier Tigre) is spearheaded by three French designers: Maxime, Julien and Agathe, who not only know how to collaborate together, but every few months they release a new collaboration with an outside brand such as Marlette, Diptych, Mama Shelter and more. Every year the they push their line of paper projects further (including onto dresses and ceramic plates in Tokyo – both of which I’m proud to say I own). Of course their Instagram account gives you a sneak peek into what’s coming next… {Click here for the original image.}


instagram-benjaminmillipied@benjaminmillepied is a ballet dancer, choreographer, and Director of the Opera of Paris ballet (FYI they just launched an very cool digital platform; @operadeparis is another Instagram account to follow). Let’s face it, Benjamin is not taking all of these photos himself, but his account is a beautiful look inside the world of dance, and pulled me in from first glance. It doesn’t hurt that the Opéra Garnier is a gorgeous building. Trivia: he’s also married to Natalie Portman, who he met while choreographing the film Black Swan. {Click here for the original image to learn more about the dancer.}


instagram-invaderwashere@invaderwashere is a French street artist who has invading the world since the late 90s. Fact: he graduated from Les Beaux-Arts in Paris and La Sorbonne. I need to write a separate post about my adoration/obsession with his Flash Invader app (I’m currently ranked 212 in the world, but last week I was 207). While Invader keeps invading all over the world, it’s clear Paris has a place close to his heart. {Click here to see the original image. I need to go hunting this one, I could use the 50 points!}

Who are your favorite French Instagram accounts??

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New class: InDesign in 30 minutes

InDesign-in30minutes-Skillshare-ASDInDesign in 30 Minutes is an easily digestable class that can be taken on your lunch break to help build InDesign skills and it’s my latest Skillshare class that is now online. All Skillshare classes are project based, and in this class you’ll recreate your favorite magazine spread. There are even some helpful PDF cheat sheets I’ve created that you can download in the class resources. Sign up here + if you have friends who may be interested, share this link: http://skl.sh/1Kf8vk9.

UPDATE: Starting October 6th I’m offering at 2-week Résumé Redesign “Session” on Skillshare where I’ll be sending regular updates, new Discussions, giving feedback, and sharing a bonus 10-Year Plan activity. Don’t worry if you get a late start. Sign up for Skillshare using the link above, and then join the Session here.

For those looking for other InDesign options, I also teach a Basic InDesign class (which is a longer form version where I walk through a few other features), as well as a Redesign Your Résumé (or any professional document to make it less boring) class. For something a bit more “fun” there’s Map Making and Travel Posters.

Jean Jullien, Petit Appétit

Collaboration is one of those words that has come to be overused, or used in the wrong way (particularly when you’re a blogger and get asked to do a million things for nothing). But when it’s done right, it can be awesome. Case in point, French illustrator Jean Jullien‘s latest collaboration with Fricote Magazine, a French urban food magazine published in French and English, and Colette, the long running Paris concept store in the 1st. Jean’s latest work, Petit Appétit, a playful look at food, was for a double show at Colette, and l’Imprimerie with a handful of other delectable collaborations embedded in it. If you’re in town, definitely stop by l’Imprimerie (16 rue Saint Merri 75004, near Centre Pompidou) while the show is still up for the next two weeks. And if you’re not in Paris, I put together this post to give you a taste of Petit Appétit!

jeanjullien-petitappetit-3Now open

jeanjullien-petitappetit-4Full house


jeanjullien-petitappetit-5jeanjullien-petitappetit-6jeanjullien-petitappetit-8DJ booth with cool changing screen in the downstairs “cave”.

jeanjullien-petitappetit-9Posters for sale.

jeanjullien-petitappetit-910Jean Jullien x Abois

jeanjullien-petitappetit-10Jean Jullien x À la mère de Famille chocolate shop


jeanjullien-petitappetit-1Jean Jullien x Olow

jeanjullien-petitappetit-12Fricote Magazine spread showcasing Jean’s latest show. The magazine will be on newsstands in Paris next week. (Look for the cover with the cherry eyes and pea smile).

jeanjullien-petitappetit-coletteColette’s basement water bar.

jeanjullien-petitappetit-ralf2Jean signing a copy of his book Ralf for me at the Colette opening. French illustrators are seriously the most creative book signers!

Bon Petit Appétit!

For more of Jean Jullien’s work check out his website and shop, Handsome Frank (UK agent), and follow @jean_jullien on Instagram!


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Paris Poster Tumblr

parispostersMy theme for 2015 is EXECUTE as a way to encourage myself to actually do all these projects I’ve talked about for years. A couple months ago on a Sunday afternoon, I decided to sit down and finally create a Tumblr (pretavoyager.tumblr.com) as a way to showcase many of my favorite posters I’ve documented over the years. Putting something like this together is something I’d been pondering far too long.

Yes, I not only love public transportation for getting from place to place, but I’m constantly inspired by the posters around me, and love how everyone is exposed to art even if you never make it to the museum. I’ve long cited my first trip to Paris when I was in high school, and seeing that design could be smart from the posters on the halls of the metro, as one of the first hints that I wanted to become a designer. Now I not only photograph my favorites, but I’m the person that goes to the bottom right corner and also tries to document the name of the illustrator whenever possible. I’ve hashtagged all the posters by general theme, specific venue/event, and illustrator – it’s fun to see them adapt over time. Also, they tend to serve as a good reminder of places I want to go or shows I want to see.

In terms of hobbies it all feels a bit Amélie to me in the way that Nino used to collect footprints and laughs before starting his albums of discarded photobooth photos, but it brings me joy and a way to share my inspiration. I’m always adding more posters to the collection (which is more impressive on desktop than mobile, FYI). Click here to view the full collection!

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