We drove across the country and asked designers about why they love where they live and work. Keep tabs on us, see who we talked to, hear what we have to say.

long-distance designing
SEA to CLE

We might be separated by about 2,500 miles,
but we're hard at work collaborating on a book chronicling our 28-day design road trip.

stay tuned for updates!
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What's the Story here?

These three goons decided to go on a cross-country road trip.

We went on a 28-day, 16-city journey across the United States. We sat down with designers everywhere to talk about the city they live in, why they love it, and how it inspires their work. We’re compiling this information to put a book together to inspire young designers like ourselves.

Cody, Ryan, and Jon are graduates of Kent State University in Kent, Ohio. Cody and Ryan both have a B.F.A. in Visual Communication Design and Jon is working on his M.Arch and MUD.

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    'Cross-Nation
    jonnagy

    Hey, everybody. We are slowly [but surely] wrapping our brains around the complexity of collaborating on a project cross-country. As our first major independent project, on top of all of our new real-world problems that seem to keep coming out of the woodwork after college, things have certainly bogged down a bit.

    Please forgive us our slowness, but things are steadily on the move again. The website is receiving a re-vamp, the blog is about to become much more active, transcriptions are coming to a close, which means super-special sneak-peeks are on the way! There have also been whispers of Kickstarter campaigns and Twitter feeds. Stay tuned!

    As a personal update: Grad school has been a beautiful thing in the my life over the past several months, although, if you have been, you know the beauty is a tad-bit conflicted. Those of you that haven’t, jump right in and go for it! I started off this second semester with a HUGE design competition project as team-leader and participating designer. We shall see how that turns out. Surprises are welcome.

    For everyone not in Cleveland, Ohio, we envy your warmth!

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    Back at ‘em folks!

    jonnagy
    Back at ‘em folks!
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    Sleepless in Seattle
    jonnagy

    Seattle is probably the opposite.
    I have really been doing nothing but sleeping here. I have been dying to sleep in and wake up to a day where I have nothing planned, believe it or not. I happened to miss the lazy couple of weeks that generally happen after school is over because I jumped into this trip so quickly. It might just be the fact that this trip was exhausting, but Seattle is a very sleepy place.

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    Ryan and I spent the first day here exploring and reading in the Olympic Sculpture Park.


    Cody finally has a place to live! So Ryan and I have been hanging out around town over the past couple of days, mostly coffeeshop/library hopping. There is a very nice Starbucks across the street that has the internet.

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    The super cool Seattle Public Library.

    This morning I am starting to get everything ready for my flight home tomorrow. Ryan and I have what may or may not be the last interview this afternoon, and then the great task of organizing all of this information starts. I am very excited to start going back through all of the people we have met and remembering what they said. And their names! We have met so many fantastic people over the past month that it seems hard to believe. I feel very privileged to have happened to be part of this project. Everyone has taught me so much and given me more inspiration than I ever could have hoped for. I never planned on being so thrilled to start school again so I can start testing all of my new ideas.

    The blog is not over for me because of all of the posts from our interviews, but I do want to take time at the end of the trip to thank everybody that has been involved and say that I can’t wait to continue to be in touch on this book journey!

    As a side note - this trip has not so much taught me, but proved me right, that designers and architects should collaborate much more frequently. We can learn so much from each other and give each other a much more exciting perspective on the world of design. If you take anything from my posts, make friends with people who don’t work in your same field. It will make all of us better people!

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    The Wild West Coast
    rsprowl

    Okay, so our drive up the west coast to Portland wasn’t too wild. It was actually pretty peaceful. We camped at the Humboldt State Park Lagoon for a night on our drive from San Francisco to Portland. Our camp site was just a few yards from the lagoon and we could smell the salty air coming off the water as we sat around the campfire. 

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    Our view from the campground at the Humboldt Lagoon State Park. 

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    Sunset at the lagoon. 

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    Some boats on the beach of the lagoon the next morning before we headed to Portland.

    We drove along the coast for a while and weaved in and out of groves of giant Redwoods. Some of the views along our route were so beautiful they didn’t seem real. We pulled over at a tiny strip of black-sand beach where the waves were crashing over rocks at the edge of the water. 

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    We went climbing on some of the rocks and almost got stuck as the tide came in and filled the space between us and the beach. 

    Another stop was a river with crystal-clear water and rocks of all different shapes, sizes, and colors that was lined with Redwoods and pine trees. It was one of the most peaceful places we’ve been on the entire trip. 

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    We probably spent about an hour just sitting on rocks at the water’s edge taking in the fresh air and dipping our feet in the water. 

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