Boarding Pass – Shayna Kulik

Shayna Kulik is an art director & brand strategist specializing in design, social media and trend forecasting, and I officially want her job! As founder of Pattern Pulp she’s constantly collecting cool ideas and emerging concepts. She regulars awesome events and travels the world in search of good ideas, and clearly has a lot of fun doing it. She’s a woman after my own heart only traveling with a carry-on bag, and searches for the local scene everywhere she goes. Enjoy a slice of Shayna’s style! Thanks, Shayna!

{Melbourne: Helengory Gallery}

last trip taken:
Australia, followed by Salt Lake City for the Alt Summit Conference.

next trip on deck:
Austin for SXSW Interactive

one place you would go back to again and again:


place you’d most likely recommend a friend go visit:

preferred method of transportation:
flying, then biking

{type in London}

place you’ve never been but dying to go:

place you’d never go back:
Phnom Penh

{Cambodia + Thailand}

most memorable trip in 2 sentences or less:
My trip to Iceland for the Airwaves festival in 2005. I had pepper spray on my keychain and it exploded while on the flight. Needless to say, everything soft disintegrated in my bag, including the return tickets home.

{food faces}

how do you prepare for a trip?
If it doesn’t fit on my carry-on, it’s not coming. I usually stick to a black and white color scheme with a few colorful accessories. I’ll usually try to find a flat to rent before I’ll book a hotel. I also make every effort to meet with colleagues and friends living locally, makes a huge difference in terms of how you experience a new place.


how do you record your travels when you’re traveling?
It’s a combination of photo taking, business card collection + personal cataloging in my journal.

what is your favorite thing to photograph in a new place?
Store windows & interesting textures.


on an average, how many pictures to you take on a trip?
between 300-400
what’s in your “designer travel kit” ?
mac powerbook always comes, so does my Canon SLR + my sneaky palm sized camera + my blackberry.

what do you do after a trip? how long after a trip does this happen?
I have somewhat of a photographic memory so going into iphoto’s not that daunting after I’ve uploaded everything. I do try to catalogue each image for future reference though, as I’m often asked to give trend presentations on design + technology from my travels. I’ve just started using Pinterest and I have to say it making the sorting process a lot easier.

{mood board}

favorite souvenir/thing to bring back?
A small piece of local art – I’ve brought home everything from wall decals and books to masks and jewelry- anything that can be packed in my suitcase or worn home.

on flickr
on House Beautiful
on Pop Gadget
on 10Answers
twitter: @patternpulp + @shayna121

BOARDING PASS is a weekly column exploring the creative ways people travel.


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