All this year, we’ve been celebrating the National Park Service.
The program’s 100-year anniversary (which officially happened back in August) has inspired all sorts of projects this year, from a documentary by Ken Burns to our selection of books for parks enthusiasts. But rarely have any of those tributes been as well-designed as Type Hike.
To celebrate the national parks, 60 graphic designers teamed up to create work celebrating the NPS. In total, 59 different national parks are represented in the project (plus one more design wishing the parks a happy centennial).
The designs represent a variety of styles and lands. Some, like that for Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, are reminiscent of vintage postcards while others, for example Lake Clark, are thoroughly modern prints.
There are still eight designs left to be revealed, but once they have debuted, all 60 prints will be available for purchase as a pin, postcard or poster. According to the founders, 100% of proceeds will be directly donated to the National Park’s Centennial Campaign. The NPS will use money from the campaign for conservation and preservation of lands and to promote outreach to all Americans.
"Type Hike is, admittedly, a showcase for beautiful type,” the designers told Fast Co Design. “But more importantly it's an outlet for design to be used as a positive counter to the negative mood swing our country is currently experiencing. Looking forward with optimism to another great century for the NPS is one of the main goals of the project.”