Alexa Kazun
Travel Planning Card Set

The Travel Playing Card set is a way to escape from the prisoned walls of people’s homes and escape the reality of the pandemic. The initiative approach of the card set is based on accepting the life of COVID and to take into account that travelling is a learning experience. While people sit at home, the card set is a way to learn more about adventures of travelling and connect with your family through the game (additionally provided with a digital version).

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In the set of cards, there are personal experiences from my study abroad trips that have shaped me into an independent person. The design incorporates insights on the cultural standpoint of the countries visited and possible new spot destinations on someone’s travel bucket list. It's an opportunity to connect with other cultures being so far away and having the chance to learn more about the world. Not only do the cards highlight the importance of traditions in other countries but show the way COVID has shaped the world of travelling before and during the pandemic. Some of the cards are resourceful, highlighting the growth of travelling, especially for those who haven’t even left their hometowns. It’s a medium to inform about the importance of being able to see the world from a different perspective, correlating to the fun of the game of travel (and can even be carried with you during your own adventures!).

The cards highlight ten different countries that I have visited between the year 2019 through 2020. The journey of three different study abroad destinations (through DePaul University) in specific cities are highlighted in a timeline down below:

(* - countries that she has touched upon for personal development and not associated with Study Abroad)

(* - countries that she has touched upon for personal development and not associated with Study Abroad)

June – July Advertising Study Abroad Trip 2019:
1.         Cannes, France
2.         Monte Carlo, Monaco *
3.         Amsterdam, Netherlands
4.         Barcelona, Spain

July – August Trip 2019:
5.         London, England
6.         Wroclaw, Poland**
a.         Torun*
b.         Gdansk*
c.         Oswiecim*
d.         Serock*

August – December Fall Quarter Study Abroad Trip:
7.         Rome, Italy
a.         Milano*
b.         Venice*
c.         Florence*
d.         Pompeii*
e.         Trento*
f.          Sorento*
8.         Lisbon, Portugal*

December – February Trip 2019-2020:
9.         Taipei, Taiwan*

February – March Winter/Spring Quarter Study Abroad Trip:
10.      Melbourne, AUS

The last trip in Australia was abruptly ended due to the COVID pandemic. The features of the card set are meant to highlight the beauty between countries and cultures, from my own personal experiences with the essence of countries undergone. The cards show delicate illustrated designs to capture the beauty within aspects of food, architecture, language, and facts. Also, portraying cards highlighting growth and COVID. Playing cards one through ten are associated with the countries that I visited. While Jack, Queen and King portray COVID restrictions, hardships and growth. And of course, the joker card is the beast itself, COVID-19. The deck overall is a unique way to motivate people to get out of their heads and connect with the world at the touch of our fingertips, but also in representation and memory of the impact of COVID in our lives.

Alexa Kazun
My name is Alexa Kazun and I’m a Graphic Designer finishing my final year at DePaul University. Coming from a foreign background, I thought I had seen or even figured out most of the world. I have citizenship for the U.S. and Poland, but I live in the states. As a kid, I would spend my summers in Poland with my extended family and travel here and there around Europe. But it was not until my 2019-2020 journey abroad that has really shifted my perspective about the world. There are so many influences of different countries, cultures, and people that I have seen that have been impactful in my life, especially travelling in the midst of the pandemic. So I thought, how could I express the beauty in travel, that travelling is a key knowledge of culture- a game! It’s a perfect way to have fun but to learn at the same time without actually being exhausted from manually researching on the internet. With this mindset, I dedicated my time to create unique cards and craft meaningful strategies. My drive of creativity for this card set was motivated by my experiences and captured through my passion working across multiple digital platforms.

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Graphic Design Capstone Showcase 2020 and 2021
Advisors: Shiro Akiyoshi, Nathan  Matteson, and Heather Snyder Quinn