guest post: Prêt à Voyager.
by my illustrious guest blogger comment


today, we’re taking a wee trip to paris, with Anne S. Ditmeyer — a graphic designer / editor and author of Prêt à Voyager. She’s been a Design*Sponge contributing editor sharing “sneak peeks” since 2008, and her work has been published in Anthology, Dwell, and more. Follow her travels as @pretavoyager on TwitterInstagram and Everplaces.

Have you ever noticed how the best inspiration doesn’t happen when you’re sitting in front of the computer? For me it comes when I’m swimming laps or wandering the streets. Granted, I’m lucky to call Paris home, but anywhere you go there is inspiration around you. I love walking and how a one-way street suddenly becomes two-way. Or the way that the same view can change depending on time of day or weather, or you look up and discover a new detail. This summer one of my addictions has become Instagram. And while taking pictures on your phone isn’t 100% disconnecting, being out and about in the world is a start. So I decided to pull together some of my favorite (and your – I picked the most “liked”) shots from Paris to help challenge you to start to look at where you live in a new way too.

44 responses to “guest post: Prêt à Voyager.”

  1. You all are totally making my day with your sweet comments. I’m so happy I could contribute today while Victoria is off unplugging and traveling a bit :)

    @Call Me Debbie, promise I had the pictures first and then came up with the captions, but subconsciously bet the captions were in my head!

    @Callie, definitely go out and shoot. I love the mundane – the best subject ever.

    @Rebecca, I have another shot I didn’t use, but the sky is the same beige as the buidling facades – the theme can work in so many ways.

    @Christine, thanks for the nice words :)


  2. Thanks, Valerie! My goal is always to help inspire to get people out and DO something, but even more importantly to have fun while doing it. This creative stuff should never feel like a chore :)


  3. @Toni, ah! You’re too sweet. You’ll always be one of my style icons :)

    @Meg, thanks! We’ll have to go a matching sky/facade shoot soon!

    @creativitas, Thanks for visiting both places. You too @Giulia!

    @Megan thanks so much! Nice to feel it’s a bit refreshing for people to see.

    Cheers all!

  4. Such a pretty post! I totally agree with the fact that the place or city changes so much depending on the time of the day! Buenos Aires is so different at night and day! And I love that, because it makes it not original but unique.
    And I can’t download Instagram on my phone :( So sad! I want it so bad!!

  5. @planktonfisher it’s trade gothic, the same font I use in my branding for my portfolio + blog too

    @cony, wouldn’t it be cool to see a comparison of places with these same ideas? … don’t let the phone be a crutch, you can still have fun taking pics

    @will, always the highest compliment coming from you

    @tiffany, I agree. Always love the reminder to look up!

  6. Nice work! I think along these lines just don’t always have the words.. I bet you let the images speak for themselves without having to think too much . That’s how art works! It speaks back. ;-)

  7. @cathy jean – so right. If it doesn’t speak for itself it’s not working. No need to force it.

    @courtney – very happy to hear that. that was my goal :)

    @mimi – thanks so much for the kind words!


  8. Such beautiful pictures, I love the serene and peaceful feel to them.
    Are you able to give a little information regarding how you overlaid the font on the photos?

  9. Thanks, Keeley! No special trick for the font (except I’m used to working with it because I use it in my own branding all the time). I create a new layer in photoshop and then play around with size, and here I wanted a hint of color. White or black can be harsh, but I felt the soft pink worked well with the photos (and Victoria’s site!). Just move the type around until it feels right, and make sure it’s legible. Try GIMP as a free alternative to Photoshop.

    Bon courage!

  10. this is a really, really, really, really dreamy post! i adore these full circle moments that you have created. i find myself coming back to your photos over & over again Anne. and i can tell that you are a kind & generous spirit which makes it all even better! of course it doesn’t hurt that you’re in Paris, but you girl, are truly an inspiration! fantastic, thank you. oxo

  11. Nicole, thank you for the sweetest note ever. I try to do things that are genuine and real, and share the world around me to inspire others. Yes, I live in Paris, but it can happen anywhere. (I loved Baltimore just as much before).

    Mister Sullivan, Paris is always here with open arms.

    The slow pace, travel vicariously through books, music and movies for now! Find your Paris where you live.

    Susan, so sweet as always!


  12. Beautiful Pictures Anne.
    Funny to think that I had to virtually cross the Ocean to see the beautiful pictures of the area actually leave in. It makes me feel like rushing to Café de l’Industrie to see if that matching guy is still there, or go and find this “regarde le ciel” invitation. But instead of that, I guess I’ll work a bit more before going for a fresh beer along the Canal… ready for “reflection”. Paris is a wonderful city, a huge and unique source of inspiration. That’s what I’m trying to convey my guests visiting Paris. But I know that it is not that easy to “capture” in some shots it’s real soul and for sure you made it Anne. Merci