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Designer’s Sabbatical: A Visual Tour, Part 1

After eleven years at Chronicle Books, I was fortunate enough to enjoy a three-month sabbatical. My hiatus led me to travel far and away. Germany, Spain, Morocco, Gibraltar, and England were my points of interest. Though I was removed from my day-to-day design responsibilities, the designer in me could not avoid embracing the beautiful design and whimsical typography inherent in these amazing countries. Feast your eyes on the first of a two-part series, starting in Berlin, with pictures that inspire and keep me smiling. Hope they do the same for you.

BERLIN: A humble city teeming with creative and quirky energy. Artists, writers, and designers are thriving in this eclectic, experimental, and tolerant urban haven.

In Berlin, I spent some time with a friend and author, Malin Elmlid, of The Bread Exchange. Here you can see pages from her beautiful, soon-to be released (FALL ’14) cookbook.
page layouts

Café and street typography
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An old natatorium converted into a gallery/club space.
natatorium

City streets and eats
Berlin streets
Berlin streets
Berlin streets
Berlin eats
Berlin eats

MADRID / BARCELONA / SEVILLA: Always laid-back, relaxing, and a culinary haven—Spain is a traveler’s dream. Bring on the tapas!

Typography around the streets of Barcelona and Madrid
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Best food market in Madrid
street typography in Barcelona and Madrid

Mosaic from Park Güell
mosaic from Park Güell

Playing cards at the Museo del Prado
playing cards at the Museo del Prado

Sketch of Gaudí at the Casa Museu Gaudí
sketch of Gaudi at the Casa Museu Gaudi

Tapas . . . of course!
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Relive the experience at home with two authentic cookbooks on Spanish cuisine. . .

Spain by Jeff Koehler Tapas by Joyce Goldstein

And stay tuned for part two of my travels—Morocco, Gibraltar, and England—next week.

Vanessa Dina
Design Director

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