America's National Parks by Annie Riker


Design By:
Annie Riker

Annie Riker is the art director for the National Parks Conservation Association. She has considered herself an artist and designer ever since she was old enough to hold a paintbrush. In Annie's spare time, you'll find her outside, exploring, sketching, and taking pictures.

 

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Design By:
Annie Riker

Annie Riker is the art director for the National Parks Conservation Association. She has considered herself an artist and designer ever since she was old enough to hold a paintbrush. In Annie's spare time, you'll find her outside, exploring, sketching, and taking pictures.

 

Each poster is hand-printed and handled, to make sure that only the highest quality is offered and sent out. The matte paper and high quality of inks make for a vibrant image which looks great both framed, and au-naturel. Printed in Los Angeles, CA, on Epson Enhanced Matte Paper, heavyweight stock, high color gamut, using Epson UltraChrome HDR ink-jet technology. Framed posters offer the same, museum-quality printed poster, but wrapped in a protective black frame. The frame is lightweight and includes a shatter-resistant acrylite front protector, so it won't break in the mail. International orders may be subject to customs duties & taxes.

Proceeds Support:
Sunrise Movement
Proceeds support Sunrise Movement, a growing army of young people dedicate to making climate change an urgent priority across America, ending the corrupting influence of fossil fuel executives on our politics, and electing leaders who stand up for the health and well-being of all people.

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Artist Statement

The 'America's National Parks' poster design is based off of a special centennial cover illustration I originally created for the National Parks Conservation Association. As the former creative director of NPCA, I've thought a lot about the great variety of places the National Park System preserves, including sprawling landscape parks, urban parks, historic and cultural sites, seashores, battlefields, rivers and trails. When I brainstormed about what made sense to depict NPCA's 100th year, I started to envision an illustrated page filled with hand-drawn stickers (or patches) that highlight past NPCA campaigns and park sites across the country. The idea allowed me to highlight NPCA's work in a fun way. Also, so many park visitors pick up stickers, magnets, buttons, pins or badges, which they stick on water bottles or hang in their offices when they return from trips. I figured representing these sorts of collectibles - and the memories and feelings of nostalgia they evoke - would resonate with any national park supporter. And it was a way of showing the breadth of the parks NPCA has helped protect, which is hard to do with a single image. Each patch was individually designed the way I'd design a logo or a sticker. Once I decided on a park, I dove into research in order to uncover the essence of the place. I then came up with some strong visual elements that would capture this, such as a recognizable landscape feature or representative animal. I chose redwood trees, for example, for Muir Woods, and Delicate Arch for Arches National Park. When the whole magazine cover piece came together, I received a lot of great feedback, along with several requests for it to be turned into wall art. For this poster, I made some new patches, and edited some of the original patches to be less specific to NPCA campaigns - so that it could appeal to a broader national park-loving audience. Looking back at the colors and designs of all of the individual pieces still makes me smile - and I hope it makes you smile as well! If you're interested in reading more of my process for developing the art, you can check it out on NPCA's online magazine: https://www.npca.org/articles/2123-behind-the-cover - Annie Riker