Working in the world of Charlotte ad agencies for the entirety of my career, sometimes I forget about the other worlds in which designers work. So when I stumbled upon this interview with Annie Atkins, the lead graphic designer behind all of the props of Wes Anderson’s latest film, The Grand Budapest Hotel, I was reminded just how diverse this field can be and how awesome some of the jobs are.
Pulling inspiration from 1930s Eastern Europe, Atkins worked side-by-side with Wes Anderson creating props for the entirely fictional country, the State of Zubrowka, that Wes had written. Atkins was responsible for creating everything from documents, flags, bank notes and postage stamps to the materials in the background that aren’t really for camera, but simply help create the right atmosphere on set.
This type-rich film is truly a feast for the eyes, I highly recommend seeing it!