The West Coast Experience | Vector Paths

This was quite the process for me when designing these stickers. I wanted to create something that would not simply be an icon set but yet would still tell a story with each one. I recognize that each one of these does not quite explain itself which could be considered poor design, but I disagree simply because each one does tell a story however intricate or simple they may be.

I had originally planned out on different things that I could use to describe each place that I was going to be going to this summer. But as I was thinking about it more and sketching out more I began to realize that I didn’t want to make something that looked like a photograph. My instructor, Cory Kerr, taught me that illustration and design should be focused on things that you can’t photograph or thing that you normally wouldn’t see in real life. But I hadn’t hit that point of understanding until after my draft post.

This was my initial start of my stickers. I wanted to have a circle behind each one of them but I received feedback that I shouldn’t trap myself inside circles. Even though I was off to a good start with my vector of the lighthouse, it goes back to that idea of it looking like something I could photograph. I took that to heart what my professor said and I wanted to push myself creatively.

These are my three stickers that after a long and tiring two weeks I was able to refine and design. Each one is a different aspect of my upcoming trip along the west coast. The Space Needle in a Jar is meant to preserve the memories and experiences I will be having there. The purple whale represents the whale watching I will be doing in Newport, Oregon. Lastly, the chocolate trolley represents the Ghirardelli Chocolate I will be eating in San Fransisco. While each one of these varies in shape and color, each one is tied to an exciting adventure that lays before me. I am looking forward to these experiences I will have and I feel that I was able to best convey that though these sticker designs.

Adam Harper

Adam Harper

Website Designer at Soapbox Agency
Majoring in Visual Communication allows me to refine my skill set which includes digital photography, web design, graphic design, and social media marketing.
Adam Harper

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