The National Park Service: Telling Her Story


  • Design and build a system for National Park Service rangers to create posters that feature historical women that have significantly impacted the National Parks

  • Research and select three to five women to use in example posters



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2020 marks the centennial anniversary of the 19th amendment of the US constitution. To celebrate the monumental piece of history, the National Park Service aimed to create a template that park rangers could use to highlight historical women who have impacted their parks. The task of this project was to design the system and templates the park rangers would use.


Originally, the templates were going to be designed for rangers to place an image and add text. However, the Work Projects Administration (WPA) Poster Collection inspired the illustrative qualities of the final design. A paper doll-like system was developed so rangers could use simple, flat, vector shapes to build any woman whose history they wanted to share.

The final doll template includes nearly 400 elements in a variety of colors. Twenty-four women were created, and three posters were designed as examples for the park rangers. The advantage of this solution is its versatility. The National Park Service employees are able to customize and add to it over time. Maybe in the future, this paper doll system can be used in projects other than the "Telling Her Story" poster series.

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