A Designer in New York City

I visited New York City (Manhattan) for the first time in my life last week. It was absolutely incredible in so many ways, and I was astounded by how many amazingly well-branded and well-designed places I saw, from restaurants to store fronts to... skyskrapers! It was truly a designer's dream vacation.

Here are some of my favorite photos that I took while exploring the city :)

I used my iPhone 7 Plus to take all these photos. Pretty stoked with the camera on that phone if you are considering it!

 Times Square

Times Square

 We stayed in the beautiful Greenwich Village neighborhood of Manhattan, right on the corner of Washington Square Park. 

We stayed in the beautiful Greenwich Village neighborhood of Manhattan, right on the corner of Washington Square Park. 

 I loved how cute these dogs were waiting outside for their owners. Love the color of this building, and I love the simple and elegant  Juice Generation  logo & signage of course...

I loved how cute these dogs were waiting outside for their owners. Love the color of this building, and I love the simple and elegant Juice Generation logo & signage of course...

 This gem, the  Washington Square Hotel  was just a block from our Air BNB in Greenwich village. I'm a sucker for gold doors. (Well gold anything for that matter.)

This gem, the Washington Square Hotel was just a block from our Air BNB in Greenwich village. I'm a sucker for gold doors. (Well gold anything for that matter.)

 This amazing ballerina balloon titled 'Seated Ballerina' by super famous contemporary artist  Jeff Koons  is as huge as she looks! She sits outside Rockefeller Center. 

This amazing ballerina balloon titled 'Seated Ballerina' by super famous contemporary artist Jeff Koons is as huge as she looks! She sits outside Rockefeller Center. 

 #JeffKoons

#JeffKoons

 I feel you too, Manhattan! #thenewallen

I feel you too, Manhattan! #thenewallen

 A trip to New York wouldn't be complete without a visit to Carrie Bradshaw's apartment at 66 Perry Street. My Mom and I also did the Sex & The City bus tour; I'm a die hard fan. 

A trip to New York wouldn't be complete without a visit to Carrie Bradshaw's apartment at 66 Perry Street. My Mom and I also did the Sex & The City bus tour; I'm a die hard fan. 

 The view from the rooftop bar at the  Hudson Hotel  was to die for. It was about 90 degrees but with no humidity it felt absolutely perfect at sunset. 

The view from the rooftop bar at the Hudson Hotel was to die for. It was about 90 degrees but with no humidity it felt absolutely perfect at sunset. 

 Awesome wall graphics by  JoJo's Philosophy  in Greenwich Village

Awesome wall graphics by JoJo's Philosophy in Greenwich Village

 We went to stand up comedy 3 nights!  The Comedy Cellar  in Greenwich Village is famous for hosting comedians such as Seinfeld, Chris Rock & Louis C.K. just to name a few.

We went to stand up comedy 3 nights! The Comedy Cellar in Greenwich Village is famous for hosting comedians such as Seinfeld, Chris Rock & Louis C.K. just to name a few.

  Tacombi  was awesome all around. My Dad and I grabbed a beer and a street taco here one afternoon. Obsessed with the branding, all the graphic design and also the interior design & decor! 

Tacombi was awesome all around. My Dad and I grabbed a beer and a street taco here one afternoon. Obsessed with the branding, all the graphic design and also the interior design & decor! 

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 I love the way the buildings reflect rainbow colors off of each other at sunset. 

I love the way the buildings reflect rainbow colors off of each other at sunset. 

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 We had a beer at The White Horse Tavern, allegedly the second oldest bar in New York City. 

We had a beer at The White Horse Tavern, allegedly the second oldest bar in New York City. 

 I am BEYOND obsessed with  The Happiest Hour 's branding and really bummed I didn't get a chance to actually go inside. (We walked by it on a walking tour and I fell in love with their window signage.) I did get a chance to snoop their Instagram though and I will for sure be going back for some tiki drinks on my next trip to New York! 

I am BEYOND obsessed with The Happiest Hour's branding and really bummed I didn't get a chance to actually go inside. (We walked by it on a walking tour and I fell in love with their window signage.) I did get a chance to snoop their Instagram though and I will for sure be going back for some tiki drinks on my next trip to New York! 

 I LOVE the logo and signage for  Suprema Provisions , I saw a few of these throughout the city.

I LOVE the logo and signage for Suprema Provisions, I saw a few of these throughout the city.

 It was pretty gray the last day we were in The Village. Such a magical neighborhood!

It was pretty gray the last day we were in The Village. Such a magical neighborhood!

 I never got a chance to eat at  By Chloe , but the place sure is adorable! And BUSY every time I walked by. 

I never got a chance to eat at By Chloe, but the place sure is adorable! And BUSY every time I walked by. 

 I want this in my house. Nice work  Goa Taco .

I want this in my house. Nice work Goa Taco.

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I'm Gretchen Kamp.

I'm a graphic designer turned business owner who lives in yoga pants and is fueled by pizza and red wine. I am a soon-to-be fiancé to a handsome nerd, and a mom to a goofy snaggle-tooth rescue pup. I love traveling the world and teaching other female entrepreneurs everything I've learned in the last three years of full-time self-employment. When I'm not in my design studio, you can find me at Cyclebar or galavanting in San Diego with my semi-insane girlfriends.



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