The Graphic Designer Behind The Grand Budapest Hotel

Designer Annie Atkins made flags, banknotes, passports, street signs and more to bring Alpine Empire of Zubrowka to life.

By Published on February 24, 2015

If you follow the paper trail in Wes Anderson’s astutely visualized The Grand Budapest Hotel, the path will lead to Annie Atkins.

Atkins is the film’s lead graphic designer responsible for making all the graphic props to vivify the fictitious Alpine state called the Empire of Zubrowka.

A fictitious country needs all kinds of graphics: flags, banknotes, passports, street signs,” she told Quartz. “It’s impossible to imagine graphics like these. You have to do your research and you’ll find treasures that you couldn’t even have begun to sit down and draw until you saw them in front of your eyes.”

Read the article “The Graphic Designer Behind The Grand Budapest Hotel on qz.com.

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