One of my favourite Pretty Things posts on here is still my blog on the gorgeous travel posters by Brazilian illustrator, Fernando Volken Togni – the colour, the detail, the style, everything! (And I updated it to feature his most recent additions to the series so do check it out!)
Inspired by these, and also the somewhat similar Scandinavian postcards I featured from Ikea, I wanted to share with you these lovely pictorial maps by Canadian artist, Marisa Seguin that I discovered via Design Work Life – and just as I wanted Togni’s work on my walls, I want Seguin’s right up there with it!
What sets these apart for me are the strict but stunning colour palettes she has used for each piece. Again, it’s hard to pick a favourite – the icy cool blues and purples of Vancouver, the strikingly vibrant pinks and turquoise of Venice, the dreamy romantic pastels of Paris, the vivid riot of brights that makes up San Francisco or the dusty sepia tones of Seguin’s current base, Milwaukee.
I also love the level of detail that’s gone into illustrating each of the landmarks; sadly, I haven’t visited any of the cities in question (apart from Paris, which I honestly think looks far more charming here than it does in real life!) but if I do, I’ll be toting one of these and navigating my way in style!
Hope you enjoy these as much as I did – and you can check out more of Seguin’s work on her website or buy these as prints from her Etsy shop.
And I loved the Jellyfish one so much, I couldn’t resist sticking it on here too!
The Daily What is always good for a wander and just occasionally, it throws up something really rather spectacular. These gorgeous colour-soaked travel posters are the really rather spectacular that I’m thinking of.
Designed by Brazilian illustrator Fernando Volken Togni for Oryx Magazine (Qatar Airline’s in-flight read), they encapsulate ‘24 Hours In…’ various cities around the world. Bold, vibrant and bursting with energy, they’re like groovier Where’s Wally pictures – look closer and there’s all sorts of cute details hiding away. So there’s a Swiss Army knife in Zurich, a skyscraper-sized hamburger in New York and a panda poking out the trees in Shanghai.
It’s almost like Pick n’ Mix at your local sweet shop – impossible to pick a favourite, you just want to feast on them all! On the one hand, I love the ones that work with a particular colour palette – the lucky reds of Shanghai, the cool blues of Moscow, the faded vintage hues of Doha, the tricolour of Paris and the sun-soaked oranges of Madrid. But on the other, I also adore the vivid brights of New York and Barcelona, whilst there’s something about Casablanca’s colour scheme that feels so irresistibly Moroccan without me being able to quite put my finger on it. Wasn’t able to spot Humphrey Bogart lurking in any corners though!
Eagle-eyed viewers may spot a slight similarity with some other travel posters I went similarly goo-goo eyed for (from Ikea, of all places). Togni’s style is a little cuter and a lot more action-packed, but I still love them both. You can check out plenty more of his candy-coated artwork, all fabulous incidentally, on his website, which is where all the pictures are from (don’t forget to click for enlargements). He promises they will be for sale soon, leaving just one problem: which one to buy?!
Next stop… Hong Kong, please!