Photo Kathmandu

the photographers who love Nepal as I do, the incredible work that was shot here and shown in Nepal for the first time - all of these factors made this an incredibly unique and meaningful experience. I truly believe there will never be another as special as this year's Photo Kathmandu. 

For the past 5 months I've been (graphic) designing Kathmandu's first international photography festival, Photo Kathmandu. Design and professional work aside, I cannot adequately explain the impact this festival has had on me. The recent tragic earthquake, the past 13 years of my life coming and going to Nepal, the locations chosen for this festival,

On a professional level I learned so much. I designed print materials, 8 x 12 feet large for sides of buildings and temples. It was an incredible challenge and one I'm so glad I took on, so thankful I was asked to be a part of. I'll try to keep my post to a minimum but the amount of work produced was massive.

The first thing I was commissioned to make was branding. You can read about that experience here, but I'll skip past the branding for now.

First thing I want to show off is Photo Kathmandu's physical dropped pins. Each pin corresponded to either an exhibition or a slideshow location on the map I designed.

Kathmandu and especially Patan, where the festival took place, is a massive, intricate maze. Alleys and gullies for miles upon miles make this city's unique web the most confusing and wonderful place to navigate. PKTM (Photo Kathmandu) became an exhibition treasure hunt. With over 18 exhibitions and 7 slideshows held in alley ways, parks within gullies, hidden temples and private homes, we needed a way to show foreigners how to get to each exhibition. Dropped pins became clues and the map a key for the exhibition hunt. By far, my favorite part of the festival was hunting down these exhibitions and seeing exhibitions in their local habitat. Some of the locations were spectacularly nestled in gardens, within clusters of homes, inaccessible by car or motorcycle. 

The most important and challenging design was the fold out map/schedule. I had high expectations for this and I expected it to be fabulous. I wanted it to be useful, clean, simple but also elegant and eye-catching. Locals were to read it as well as festival-goers so it had to appeal to everyone who picked it up. It should fit in a pocket and not be a burden to open and carry around. It should be easy to read and each fold or unfold should take you down a new design path. I had so much fun designing this. 


Over the past four months there were so many designs needed. Flyers, posters, mail outs, venue branding, intro panels for all the exhibitions, dropped pins, standies, captions, merchandise (mugs, journals, pins, even RS MOTO camera straps), letter head, 2 websites, an app, public maps and so much more I'm probably not thinking of. Here are a few of my photos showcasing my designs and local Nepali people interacting with them. 

As part of the festival's desire to stay local, we worked with local artisans and artists to produce most of our merchandise. Bhav Products produced our journals, Project Chhap produced our tote bags, Fuzion Art produced our t-shirts and pins and Shraddha illustrated the saddhus we used on our tees and totes. Even RS CHALA sold camera straps!