World Traveller | Jess Smith for Gestalten

last updated 01 November 2018

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Combining elements of both simplicity and playfulness, but with a carefully considered touch, Jessica Smith’s illustrations seemed the perfect fit for a guide to design hostels of the world for the adventuring classes!



Renowned for its focus on the aesthetic and a graphic-design-led approach to its catalogue, Netherlands publisher Gestalten commissioned Jess to create a series of exciting map artwork to complement The Grand Hostels guide by travel writer and blogger, BudgetTraveller.


The artist’s personality-filled illustrations and bright, clean palette, coupled with her unique hand-lettered annotations, lend a familiar, journal-like dimension to this guide, designed for travellers on a budget but with a thirst for the authentic, local and exciting!


Jess Smith interiors Interior details from The Grand Hostels: Luxury Hostels of the World by BudgetTraveller, published by Gestalten (October 2018).


View Jessica Smith’s full portfolio online, or contact Freya Clark for further information about commissioning.

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