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  • Services: Website Redesign
  • Prototyping: Adobe XD
  • Design Tools: Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Lightroom, Adobe Photoshop
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Surf City USA, Huntington Beach, CA
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  • Services: Website Redesign, Interactive Thematic Map
  • Prototyping: Webflow
  • Design Tools: Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Lightroom, Adobe Photoshop, Nikon D750
  • Internet Advertising Competition: Outstanding Website, WebAward Competition: Outstanding Website, Communicator Award: Award of Excellence, dotCOMM Awards: Gold, Hermes Creative Award: Gold, Davey Awards: Gold, AVA Digital Award: Gold
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Screenwriting TruthScreenwriting Truth
Paul Guyot during his first local author event at Stacks Book Club in Oro Valley, AZ.
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Paul Guyot presenting at Stacks Book Club in Oro Valley, AZ in December 2023.
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Kill The Dog — Book Cover Illustration & Design By Desi Aragon
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  • Services: Book Cover Design, Brand Identity, Creative Direction, Photography, Website (CMS, Design & Development, E-commerce, Printful, Mailchimp)
  • Website Platform: Webflow
  • Design Tools: Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Lightroom, Adobe Photoshop, Nikon D750
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Awesoos: The Photo Wranglers
Video — Awesoos: The Photo Wranglers debuts at The Arizona Taco Festival 2012
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Video — The Slow Motion Booth by Awesoos: The Photo Wranglers
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The Awesoos floor plan included three stations comprised of an area for props, photos, and prints.
Awesoos 7ft x 4ft mirrored productAwesoos Mini Adjustable Height Rig
The Awesoos proprietary hardware builds comprised of a 7x4 foot mirror (left) and a smaller height adjusting build (right).
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  • Design Tools: Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Lightroom, Adobe Photoshop, Nikon Cameras
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One-eyed fish creature in a bucket of water and a tentacled creature in a boxSons of Anarchy 3rd season conceptual designShepard Fairy inspired illustration of Carl Sagan"That's What Sushi Said" Food truck branding"NERDS 4r3 53xy" apparel design for Pink Visual
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A fantastic view down of the early afternoon fall landscape from the ski lift at Jay Peak Resort, Vermont.
A fantastic view down of the early afternoon fall landscape from the ski lift at Jay Peak Resort, Vermont.
A lone mushroom nestled in its friendly neighborhood moss was captured during a hike up the Jay Peak mountain.
A single mushroom nestled among the friendly neighborhood moss was captured during a hike up Jay Peak Mountain.
The enthusiastic warm-up at the Tough Mudder USA event in Phoenix, AZ.
The enthusiastic warm-up at the Tough Mudder USA event in Phoenix, AZ.
Down the pipes and into the bog is one of the obstacle courses at the Tough Mudder USA event in Phoenix, AZ.
Down the pipes and into the bog at one of the many obstacle courses at the Tough Mudder event in Phoenix, AZ.
The moment framed within a heart shape before the official kiss to their right of marriage.
The moment framed within a heart shape before the official kiss to their right of marriage.
A boy and his dad near the Huntington Beach Pier in California.
A boy and his dad near the Huntington Beach Pier in California.
Gourmet Hawaiian-themed chocolates at a local dessert venue in Huntington Beach, California.
Gourmet Hawaiian-themed chocolates at a local dessert venue in Huntington Beach, California.
Roasting marshmallows on the fire pit near the Huntington Beach Pier during a purplish sunset.
Roasting marshmallows on the fire pit near the Huntington Beach Pier during a purplish sunset.
The third night of theblazing Santa Catalina Mountains was set off by a single lightning bolt.
The third night of the blazing Santa Catalina Mountains that was set off by a single lightning bolt.
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  • Design Tools: Adobe Lightroom, Adobe Photoshop, Nikon D750, Nikon 24-70mm 2.8, Nikon 70-200mm 2.8

Creating Visual Storytelling Experiences For Destinations Around The Country

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Desi Aragon

The lobby of the Kimpton Shorebreak Huntington Beach Resort by the Pacific Hideaway Restaurant — Photograph by Desi Aragon

Introduction

Desi Aragon at Pier 7 Vista point in San Francisco, CA.

Travel & Tourism

Since 2018, through my tenure at Simpleview, the leading software solution for Destination Marketing Organizations (DMOs), with over 40+ (and counting) memorable collaborations with U.S. destinations stretching from Honolulu to the eastern shores of Georgia. I continue to offer my creative insights and visual storytelling crafting to enhance each DMO's tourism efforts and their distinctive personalities. Please take a moment to review some of my most recent and award-winning projects.

Professional Experience

After graduating from SCAD in '93, I started my career as an Editorial Graphics Artist at The Florida Times-Union in Jacksonville, Florida

I cherished unfolding the sections of newsprint every weekend to unravel my featured infographics and illustrations. It brought me joy knowing my family and friends were also sharing the experience.

Meanwhile, as the incredible opportunities of the internet began to unravel in the late 1990's, I decided to leave the southern comforts of the East Coast and pursue a westward web design journey to Tucson, Arizona — my career hub for nearly 25 years and counting.

Beyond web design, I continue to utilize my illustration skills in various projects and have also developed a passion for documentary-style photography.
Enjoy a few of these memorable photos by clicking here.  View a few of my illustrative works by clicking here.
Photo by Nicholas Bartos - Unsplash

Journey

  

Aside from designing for travel destinations, I also work on other storytelling projects to fuel my creativity. These have been some of my most memorable and rewarding experiences in the recent years.