Graphic USA

Graphic USA is a guide book with a different.  Rather than being put together by journalists and researchers, the suggestions of where to go and what to see in each of the 25 cities are covered in the book. Each city has a chapter which was created but an image maker who lives there.

The book has been designed by Joana Niemeyer at design studio April and edited by Ziggy Hanaor at Cicada. “The concept behind [the book] is that people who work in the graphic arts, and who have an offbeat aesthetic to their work will often seek out the unexpected and inspirational elements in their environments that one wouldn’t find in most travel guides,” explains Hanaor in her introduction. “The recommendations in this book are the personal favourites of the individual contributors… For the most part they do not include the bucket list recommendations that most tourists feel they have to tick off. They tend to reflect the alternative, independent culture that is bubbling underneath the city, feeding into its public persona, but not immediately apparent to the visiting outsider. Not all the suggestions may be your cup of tea, but hopefully for those who are part of analternative scene themselves, they will tap into a common urban approach and will open up a different view of the city that you can dip in and out of as you desire. It’s kind of like a friend writing down their hot tips for each place.”

The chapter on Denver, Colorado is by illustrator and designer Gwenda Kaczor

Daniel Blackman‘s chapter on Chicago, Illinois is illustrated with a series of graphic illustrations

Ramzy Masri (illustrations and text) and Morgan Ashley Allen (text) tackle Kansas City, Missouri

Ramzy Masri (illustrations and text) and Morgan Ashley Allen (text) tackle Kansas City, Missouri

Rachel Newborn is the guide to St. Louis, Missouri

Rachel Newborn is the guide to St. Louis, Missouri



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