A 2017 goal of mine is to visit more national parks, so when I heard that Type Hike was honoring the National Park Service’s centennial anniversary through a series of 60 typographic posters, I was excited to check it out. Sixty designers participated to create unique typographic posters that celebrate the parks, and each designer focused on just one of their favorites.

Since I’ve only been to a handful of the destinations on display, it was interesting to see the different approaches designers took to represent their chosen park. Some chose to focus on the details of the environment with maps and topography, while other designers showed a park’s personality through bold colors and hand type treatments. I really enjoyed the process of deciphering the connection between the type styles being used and the parks distinct characteristics.


The exhibit was a mix of powerful and playful typography treatments from talented designers across the country, and it definitely inspired me to get to even more of America’s beautiful parks. Here are a few of my favorites:











Keep close to Nature’s heart… and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean. – John Muir



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