There comes a point in every designer's life when he sets out in search of inspiration beyond what his everyday life can provide. Sometimes this inspiration comes from talking to a mentor; sometimes this inspiration comes from a walk down a street never taken; and sometimes this inspiration can only come at the end of a great adventure into the unknown.
I'm at that point in my life when I need adventure and inspiration of my own. Only two days ago I graduated from college and for the first time in my life I can honestly say that I have no five-year plan. Over the next few weeks, before I pack my bags and move down to Brooklyn, I will fulfill a lifelong dream: to do the great American road trip.
I've grown up watching movies like Into the Wild, The Motorcycle Diaries, or even It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World and wondering, when can I have my own adventure? Well, my time has finally come. But this will no ordinary road trip—I will be doing this road trip Core77-style. In every city that my cadre of road trip adventurers and I visit, we will bring you the latest and greatest in design and innovation to come out of that destination. As young designers, this will be the next step in our education.
Our itinerary includes 25 states we'll be stopping in at least as many cities along the way, including:
» Boston, MA
» Philadelphia, PA
» Washington, DC
» Richmond, VA
» Charlotte, NC
» Atlanta, GA
» New Orleans, LA
» Austin, TX
» Las Vegas, NV
» Los Angeles, CA
» San Francisco, CA
» Portland, OR
» Seattle, WA
» Boise, ID
» Salt Lake City, UT
» Denver, CO
» Omaha, NE
» Madison, WI
» Chicago, IL
» Detroit, MI
» Pittsburgh, PA
Do you live in one of these cities? Do you know of any designers or innovators that we should check out? Want to meet up? Drop me a line at: core77dave [at] gmail [dot] com.
Also follow our adventures on Twitter with the hashtag #route77.
See you on the road!
Notes from the Road: Route 77 Travelogue
» Digital Storytellers (Philadelphia, PA; Washington DC; Richmond, VA)
» Defining the Future of Design in Charlotte, NC & Atlanta, GA
» Shaping Communities through Design in New Orleans, LA & Austin, TX
» The Future of Cars (Phoenix, AZ & Los Angeles, CA)
» Artefact and Astro Studios (San Francisco, CA)
» Ziba and Pensole (Portland, OR)
» Red Camper and Matter (Denver, CO & Boise, ID)
» The Midwest Doesn't Suck (Chicago, IL, Omaha, NE & Madison, WI)
» Why I Love Detroit
» Cop Cars and Sideshow Performers (Connersville, IN & Pittsburgh, PA)