you guys know i love to create travel guides, i find it super satisfying to explore new places and try to hunt down the cutest shops and restaurants while on vacation. gid’s not as into that challenge as i am, but he’s very patient.
you may also know i’m equally passionate about my own city, so i came up with a super fun idea to make a print version of my LA guide for out of town visitors. it’s a perfect little gift for special visitors, or perfect nightstand reading material for your own guest room (or even your airbnb).
i used blurb to create the book, and it was so easy. i decided the easiest way to setup the book would be to separate each section of the city into separate pages, and then categorize by category. i created the whole thing within the blurb website, but they also have tools to do it in lightroom or indesign.
i really liked the simple template i used, the design of the guide feels modern and hip and kind of like a fancy $19 zine i’d buy at a bookstore. which is what i was going for, of course.
it’s pretty fun to be a tourist in your own city, so in order to get some photos i just had to have for the guide, i took a few weekends to go eat my favorite foods just to get a good photo. any chance i get to eat lobster rolls… (those ones above are from knuckle & claw… they’re my faveeee)
i used all iphone photos and i’m super happy with the quality! basically it was easy and affordable and i love it so i now think that everyone should just make one to have around their house. it’s also easier than having to come up with suggestions every time someone comes to visit.