Something funny happens when you take a passionate traveler and force them to stay more or less tethered to one location for four years: they start to fascinate. Towards the end of my last semester at art school I ran into one of old professors who excitedly asked me “Are you still doing travel design?!” I had never thought of myself as a “travel designer” but as I began to put my portfolio together I realized I did have quite the repertoire of projects that I had steered with my wanderlust.

With graduation behind me and a shiny new Bachelor’s Degree of Fine Arts hanging on my metaphorical wall, I thought I’d share a some of my favorite travel related art I created over my four years at art school.

The first assignment I’m going to post is one I call Sea Snaps. The assignment was to redesign a disposable camera, and with my passion for diving my mind went straight underwater. I bought a disposable underwater camera, pried it apart, and made this, one of my favorite projects of all time:

disposable underwater camera

disposable underwater camera

In addition to my travel motif, I tend to use pattern a lot in my work, and I love this one. My fingers were covered in gold spraypaint and I was itching to go diving, but I remember presenting this in class as one of my proudest critiques.

You can see more of my design work on my portfolio website, or you can stay tuned for the next week as I share a few more of my favorite creations!

  • Dad
    June 5 2011

    Anyone who does not go to your portfolio website is cheating themselves out of a real treat.

    • Alex
      June 6 2011

      Aww, shucks.

  • This is genius! You HAVE to start selling these, you’ll make a fortune! Agree with your Pops!

    • Alex
      June 9 2011

      Thanks dear! Maybe someday when I’m a famous underwater photographer they’ll start producing these with my name on them like the Lady Gaga Polaroid…

  • Liz H
    September 17 2014

    Not sure how I’ve never seen your portfolio website but WOW. City Sweets are so wonderful, as is everything!

    I also love how your name/logo on that site is the same turquoise you’ve chosen for the new AIWL – full circle.

    Great work, sista!

    • Alex
      September 18 2014

      That is such a great point! Never even realized it when we were putting the new site together, ha. I guess I like what I like!

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