Anne Stark Ditmeyer is a communications designer + editor with a focus the intersection of design and travel, who believes that travel is not about where you go, but how you see the world. Her goal is to help connect creatives across continents. With a background in anthropology, art history, graphic design and global communications, her work is that of a graphic designer, researcher, educator, editor, writer, blogger, tour guide, community manager and consultant. With a multi-disciplinary and cross-cultural approach in mind, Anne founded Prêt à Voyager (translation: “ready to travel”) on Bastille Day 2007 to explore the creative ways people travel. Most recently, Anne was named a Top Paris Instagram Account to follow by Condé Nast Traveler and one of the most inspirational women travel bloggers to follow by Jetset Times.
Anne currently consults and collaborates with various brands and businesses on storytelling and social media strategy; teaches Map Making, The Art of the Travel Posters, Basic InDesign (+ InDesign in 30 Minutes), and Redesign Your Résumé on Skillshare; offers unique Paris travel experiences through her site Navigate Paris, and is the author of the Herb Lester Paris Small Shops guide. Additionally, Studio/Practice: a curated library of tips + tools for creative business, is a side project with Lauren O’Neill, a work in progress since 2012.
Anne’s writing has appeared in print in Anthology magazine’s “Going Global” issue, Dwell, EasyJet, Kinfolk, and online on Design Sponge (where she worked as a longtime contributing editor) – including 24 Hours in Paris, Fast Co.Design, Kate Spade x Fathom’s Monaco guide, and she worked as co-art director for the pilot issue of Wayfare magazine, an online magazine celebrating the art of the journey. You can find her thoughts on the importance of study abroad and swimming against the Internet stream on Medium.
For more on Anne’s creative path, read Creating Your Own Path interview with Jennifer Snyder, and listen to her conversation with Grace Bonney on ‘After the Jump’ about making global connections. Anne talked about value and making it as a creative during the conference Blogtacular. Anne is an avid swimmer whose best ideas come while in the water; she has visited all the public pools in Paris. 🏊
Condé Nast Traveler: 13 Paris Instagrammers You Should Be Following; Creating Your Own Path: Anne Ditmeyer; After the Jump: Global Connections (listen here); Fathom’s Best Travel Blogs 2014; Inside Paris with an Urban Explorer in Huffington Post; For the Love of Art (Vayable feature) in Epicure (Singapore); Boarding Pass; The France Project; Fathom Away’s Hometown Debrief: Paris; No Country for Young Women; Apartment Therapy’s The Kitchn; The Dream Life on Love in the City of Lights; Franco File Friday on Lost in Cheeseland; Why France? on Le Fableux Destin de Brenna; National Geographic‘s I Heart My City; Budget Travel blogger travel tips.
Anne has had the chance to collaborate with brands both big and small, but due to a heavy work load only takes on a very limited number of opportunities each year.
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