Our Changing Lands

Project Type: Graphic & Web Design


Our Changing Lands is a graphic design project that explores the question: “How can we create more equitable outdoor spaces while still protecting our public lands?” Broken into three different parts the project raises awareness to people where they are and where they are going through print, dimensional, and digital interventions. The exploration was done during the Fall of 2023 as an independent speculative graphic design project to imagine how we can improve our relationship to the outdoors.

The project is an awareness campaign whose focus is on our future. A potential future where we've become better stewards of our Earth protecting it for generations to come while making it accessible to all.


Focusing on young adults, primarily college students, to nudge the behavior of the people who will be in future positions of power. The goal is not to change people's behavior drastically, but simply to provide a perspective to make people have more consideration for our world.


The campaign works in two spaces. First in the physical world through posters encouraging anyone passing by to think outside their doorstep to be better stewards of the outdoors, and a physical trash bin to be put at the entrance of trailheads encouraging hikers to keep trail clean. Second in the digital world by invisioning the website of a design studio focused on sustainability and conservation.


By conducting primary research within the Northeastern University Huskiers and Outing Club and reading secondary research by the National Forest Service provided a baseline on how the outdoors were viewed, and how we might be able to give more respect to our natural world.

“Land uses are driven by the blurred nature of much tourism and recreational activities, the changing mix of domestic and international activities, and the balance between inbound and outbound tourism.”

Future Play: Tourism, Recreation and Land Use

Cover photo for Our Changing lands.

Print Series:
Cover photo for Our Changing lands.
Cover photo for Our Changing lands.
Cover photo for Our Changing lands.

The goal of the print series is to meet people where they are: at home. Through focusing on photography the series intends to remind people to think about the natural world beyond their doorstep.

Dimensional Series:

Many trailheads lack waste bins where hikers have to pack out any trash they create, and discourage people from picking up trash they might find on trail. Placing wildlife safe waste bins can incentivize hikers, who usually already support conservation, to make an effort to keep trails clean.

Due to little 3D modeling experience, the dimensional series served as a conceptual exploration into what a intervention may look like to bridge the solutions from the 2D world of print & digital into the physical.

The bins follow the visual aesthetic and language from the poster series and applies it to a physical product. When seen from a trailhead, the bins would stand out and give hikers an opportunity to get rid of any of their own (or found) trash. This portion of the project focused one simple task all hikers can do while on trail: Pick up trash keeping our natural lands clean.

Digital Series:

The final part of the project is imagining a research-based design studio working through partnerships and standalone projects focused on outdoor sustainability. What would a sustainable design studio look like? Especially one partnering with outdoor brands while conducting in-house design reseach.

Prototyped in Figma, the purpose of the last portion of the project was focused on the speculative. By combining the unique visual language used throughout the project and applying to the medium of a website it created a strong and powerful brand image.

All project content can be found within the PDF of the process book for the project, including iterations on the print, dimensional, and digital pieces


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Williams, Allan M., and Gareth Shaw. “Future Play: Tourism, Recreation and Land Use.” Land Use Policy, vol. 26, Dec. 2009, pp. S326–S335, https://doi.org/10.1016/j. landusepol.2009.10.003.

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