Making your Mark

Graphic designer Inger Deede has Soldotna roots. So there was a nice bit of symmetry in having her on the design team tasked with creating a logo for the City of Soldotna this year. Deede splits her time between Soldotna, where she grew up and remains involved with...

Alaska 2117

Summer 2015. Southcentral Alaska. The road north passes through familiar scenery: hay flats near Palmer, lakes by Wasilla, scattered homes and businesses and forest in between. Then somewhere around Willow, the landscape changed. Greenery gave way to black. We were...

Reclaimed

Kodiak Island is hard on buildings. Wood rots. Metal rusts. Rain finds the leaks. Freight is expensive. People here reuse for economy and practicality, like the shipping containers repurposed as storage sheds and offices around town. Sometimes the act of adapting...

An Afterlife for the Church of Love?

Spenard Road has always attracted an off-kilter attitude to match its meandering path. In the city grid, Spenard stands out. Now, thanks to a $3 million grant from ArtPlace America, the area has grown even more colorful. Just check out the Church of Love marquee for...

Q+A with Alex France

From web designer to coder to exhibition designer, Alex France is a shapeshifter. Texas-born and raised, she moves between digital and physical realities as the graphic and digital media designer for the Anchorage Museum. An average day can consist of hovering 12 feet...

Creating Reality

Ben Ellis has always loved to design clothes. He’s been designing them all his life—he just didn’t know it. His earliest recollections involve fashion. He remembers pulling out a fresh sheet of paper and crayons, drawing his favorite superheroes and adorning their...