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  • Prototyping: Adobe XD
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  • Design Tools: Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Lightroom, Adobe Photoshop, Nikon D750
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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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The Awesoos proprietary hardware builds comprised of a 7x4 foot mirror (left) and a smaller height adjusting build (right).
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Creating Enriching 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

I have collaborated with more than 40+ U.S. destinations since 2018 through my tenure at Simpleview, the leading software solution for Destination Marketing Organizations (DMOs). Creating high-fidelity DMO prototypes has brought personally enlightening experiences as I continue to explore the distinctive features of each location. I enjoy offering my creative insights and storytelling skills to enhance tourism efforts and I invite you 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 opening the newspaper every weekend to see my infographics and illustrations published for a circulation of 250,000 on Sundays.

As the incredible opportunities of the internet began to unravel, I decided to leave the southern comforts of the East Coast and continued a westward web design journey to Tucson, Arizona — my career hub for nearly 25 years.

Beyond web design, I still enjoy my illustrative roots when I can flex that part of my brain. You can 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.