I am a designer who writes & travels. With an interest in cross-cultural design & communication, I collaborate with creatives & companies around the world. Let's talk.

I believe DESIGN – and REdesign – is a powerful tool for communication.

I first was inspired to become a designer after a trip to Paris in high school. I saw decorated windows that caught my eye, and posters in the metro that were not only beautiful, but smart and clever too. These days I share poster inspiration on pretavoyager.tumblr.com.

My work has spanned that of graphic designer and art director, and I think about experience design all the time, however, I most often consider myself to be a Communications Designer. While I incorporate design into my daily life and am more likely to teach others basic design skills than to take on design projects myself. However, from time to time I'll work on a day-rate basis depending on the project and the timing.

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/ONLINE CLASSES/

Skillshare: InDesign in 30 Min, Basic InDesign, Designing Professional Documents (Résumé Redesign), Map Making, Travel Posters

/SELECTED CLIENTS/

American University of Paris (50th anniversary logo)

Cho Benn Holback + Associates [architects]
* Smithsonian (wayfinding)
* Baltimore School for the Arts (signage)

As a WRITER I find stories that allow people to travel vicariously with me.

I founded Prêt à Voyager (translation: ready to travel) in 2007 as a way to explore the intersection of travel and design with the motto: travel is not about where you go but how you see the world. Over the years I've shared over 1500 posts which are best archived as Visit Paris, Life in France, and {Un}Glamorous Paris. From 2008-2013 I worked as a Contributing Editor for Design*Sponge.

I share short thoughts on Twitter (@pretavoyager). I also share bigger ideas on Medium. and have a regularly TinyLetter newsletter about swimming pools + bureaucracy. 🏊

 

/IN PRINT/

Eurostar Creative Director (FastCoDesign)

(EasyJet Traveller)

Pierre Jancou (Kinfolk)

Passive Progressive (Dwell)

Rachel Khoo Party (Anthology)

Fifi Mandirac (Anthology)

TRAVEL is not about where you go, but how you see the world.

I've been sharing my travels on Prêt à Voyager since 2007, and more recently through Instagram (@pretavoyager). In 2015 I was named a Top Paris Instagram Account to follow by Condé Nast Traveler and one of the most inspirational women travel bloggers to follow by Jetset Times. I offer bespoke Paris experiences through Vayable as the top Paris guide.

My MA Thesis was entitled CHANGING LANDSCAPES: Tourism & New Media in Morocco and I have an ongoing interest in place branding.

Places Anne has Traveled:
US (47 of 50 states) / Canada / UK / Bahamas / France / Spain / Czech Republic / Hungary / Italy / Switzerland / Cuba / Brazil / South Africa / Mauritius / India / Singapore / Vietnam / Hong Kong/ China / Japan / Egypt / Cameroon / The Netherlands / Germany / Cyprus / Iceland / Cambodia / Thailand / Panama / Morocco / Denmark / Belgium / Norway

 

The reason I love TEACHING is that I love learning.

My work as an educator wavers between online and offline worlds, traditional and non-traditional, large groups and one-on-one consultations. I like being a bridge between different worlds, particularly teaching design to non-designers, or storytelling to those who have never blogged before. I teach in a way that skills can be applied beyond the project at hand, and become life skills. I also love sharing resources.

Studio/Practice is a side project with Lauren O'Neill which is a curated library of tips + tools for creative biz aka #thingsiwishilearnedinschool.
 

EDUCATION:
Anthropology & Art History, BA: University of Virginia '03
Wells College Program for the Arts in Paris, study abroad fall '01
Semester at Sea, 10-country study abroad spring '02
Publications Design, MA: University of Baltimore '06
Continuing Education: MICA, '07/08
Global Communications, MA: American University of Paris '11
Design Thinking Academy Facilitator Training '16 (FORTHCOMING March 2016)

 

/EXPERIENCE/

Skillshare (online classes)

Parsons Paris (Designer/Entrepreneur semester class)

Parsons Paris (social media workshops)

American University of Paris (Digital Toolkit for Communication 3-day module)

Simplon (CV workshops)

Guest lecturer: Maryland Institute College of Art, American University of Paris

I see myself more as a CREATIVE COACH than a consultant.

Whether you're a brand or an individual I listen to your needs to help you get where you need to be. I love working with clients who are ready to invest in the time to make changes that will have a lasting impact.

Areas of expertise: blogging, social media (Instagram, Twitter, Facebook), brand/blog collaborations, graphic design, place branding, design thinking, freelancing, small business, Paris, travel consulting, surviving French bureaucracy.

 

 

/SELECTED CLIENTS/

Louis Vuitton (storytelling workshop + coach)

Parsons Paris (Communications Manager)

Leah Rosenberg (artist)

IDEO (Paris local expert)

Havas Worldwide Paris

130+ custom Paris experiences

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Anne Stark Ditmeyer is an American design and communications consultant based in Paris, France. She founded Prêt à Voyager (translation: ready to travel) in 2007 to explore the intersection of travel and design with the mantra "travel is not about where you go, but how you see the world." Anne has never been one to take the traditional path, and enjoys collaborating with a range of clients in the realms of travel, design, and education.

Photo by Ashley Ludaescher. (More photos here).

[The above paragraph was written in 3rd person for when someone needs my bio.]

Random facts about me: I was a coxswain on the men's crew team at UVA (I'm a very tall coxswain), I also know how to row (both sides), I've traveled around the world on a ship, I've visited a country for every year I've been alive, I've visited all the public swimming pools in Paris, swimming keeps me sane (even if Parisian swimmers drive me insane), I love maps, I was able to stay in France because I started my own business, I make a cameo in episode 6 of Rachel Khoo's 'The Little Paris Kitchen,' but I was cut as an extra in the Pierce Brosnan/Emma Thompson movie 'The Love Punch'.

Contact: pretavoyager@gmail.com

 

 

/PROFILES/

Design*Sponge 'After the Jump' on the importance of global connections

Creating Your Own Path: Anne Ditmeyer

LinkedIn

CV

/SPEAKING/

Making It (Blogtacular, London 2014)

The Hive Berlin 2013