The project titled “Perspectives” will cover 22 pillars of the underpass with bright, colorful brush strokes and icons that symbolize the rich history of Houston’s Third Ward, Eastwood, EaDo and the University of Houston. Since Cullen and I-45 is a busy intersection, students were not allowed to use typography, an important element in graphic design. Instead, Gonzo encouraged them to step out of their comfort zones and rely solely on patterns and color that are big, bold and readable.
“We avoided any details that were too small to read,” said graphic design student Tamila Amanzholova, who brought the large brush strokes into the design. “We also added little icons for pedestrians to see and hopefully get interested in learning more about the history of the communities.”