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Kelly Ludwig
Works at Detour Art
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2 of my favorite road trip apps are on this list! Best Road Trip Ever and Roadtrippers!
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Biker bar, BBQ and bras – everything at the Elbow Inn on 66 - Yep, this bar and BBQ joint is chockfull of atmosphere. Formerly the 1929 Munger-Moss Sandwich Shop, and now a popular spot for bikers and bar-b-que.
- Best Road Trip Ever! - http://bestroadtripever.com/biker-bar-bbq-and-bras-everything-at-the-elbow-inn-on-66/
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Kelly u r a very interesting woman sorry u didn't like me very much. P's. I still love that woman and I probably always will
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Road trip trip around Kansas (from June 14, 2014)
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Rock Island Pony Bridge – a "Grapes of Wrath" film location - The west end was a location in “Grapes of Wrath” starring Henry Fonda, where Grandpa dies and is buried. (The bridge had been there only six years at that time.)
- Best Road Trip Ever! - http://bestroadtripever.com/rock-island-pony-bridge-a-grapes-of-wrath-film-location/
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Bright shiny objects in the Route 66 desert – Elmer Long's Bottle Ranch - Even though Elmer’s teeming forest of bottle trees stands alongside one of those desolate stretches of old Route 66 between Barstow and San Bernadino, he says it doesn’t have much to do with the famous roadway.
- Best Road Trip Ever! - http://bestroadtripever.com/bright-shiny-objects-in-the-route-66-desert-elmer-longs-bottle-ranch/
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Big Blue Whale – landlocked and great on Route 66 - Built by Hugh Davis in the 70s as a surprise (?!) anniversary gift for his wife Zelda, who collected whale figurines. It is one of the best known landmarks on Route 66. The big whale speaks to a simpler time, when a swimming hole didn’t need all kinds of fancy wave machines and gadgetry.
- Best Road Trip Ever! - http://bestroadtripever.com/big-blue-whale-landlocked-and-great-on-route-66/
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Catoosa, OK, near Tulsa
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Road Trip 66 gets a shout out in Hot Rod Magazine. https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/road-trip-66/id415478066?mt=8
Whether you’re going to go the whole of Route 66, which in total takes 37 hours of driving, or just a segment, here's a guide for first timers.
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What about a trip to Iowa? Butter cows and giant bulls await!
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Andy Griffith Museum – it's a little piece of Mayberry in NC - Howdy! Few can forget the beloved Sheriff of Mayberry. That’s especially true for the citizens of Mt. Airy, the boyhood hometown of Andy Griffith, whose streets and hometown characters bear a striking resemblance to the fictional Mayberry.
- Best Road Trip Ever! - http://bestroadtripever.com/andy-griffith-museum/
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Giant head of Abraham Lincoln looms large over I-80 - Talk about a head of state. Once upon a time, Ol’ Abe stood watch at Sherman Summit, the highest point on his namesake coast-to-coast highway, Lincoln Highway.
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A mighty fancy men's room at the Madonna Inn - It’s a sprawling pink and white motel complex on the edge of town, with pictures and paintings of the Madonna family that owns it (and big stars who knew them) liberally sprinkled around the lobby.
- Best Road Trip Ever! - http://bestroadtripever.com/a-mighty-fancy-mens-room-at-the-madonna-inn/
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Skip the traditional motel – Shady Dell Trailer Court - What a great idea! Travel trailers as motel rooms. Those aluminum marvels from postwar America that embodied the notion of “let’s hit the road.”
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designer, educator, photographer, explorer
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  • Detour Art
    Owner, author, designer, developer, 2005 - present
    Detour Art is a web resource designed to inform and celebrate outsider, folk, visionary, self-taught, vernacular art and environment discoveries found along the back roads around the world. Through my personal collection of art and photographs, I began the research and development of the database, which has served as the launchpad for the website, book, and traveling exhibit. In 2009, Belger Art Center mounted a major exhibit of outsider art “Rare Visions—Detour Art” which featured much of my personal collection, gathered from across the country. The exhibit continued to travel the country for the next few years.
  • Kansas City Art Institute
    Assistant professor, 2011 - present
    I have promoted a positive creative and learning environment by supporting colleagues and students as the department undergoes the challenges of significant transition. As program head, I organize curriculum, manage daily operations, promote the department both internally and externally. I developed and present classes at the sophomore, junior and senior levels as well as elective courses open campus-wide, including Human-centered Design, Online Presence and Professional Practice. Emphasizing our strong curriculum, I lead the initiative to strengthen our recruiting efforts, resulting in an increase in enrollment. Extensive community outreach is a particular passion, connecting theory and professional practice. These initiatives have resulted in a significant increase of the program’s visibility and a strong internship program.
  • Ludwig Design
    owner, designer, developer, autho, 1987 - present
    Almost 30 years of experience creating award-winning designs and managing a small design studio specializing in marketing strategies, brand identity and development. I provide creative direction to a wide variety of clients and design consultation to advertising agencies, design studios and broadcast producers, including pharmaceutical. I move quickly between the tactical and strategic roles, depending on the needs of my clients. Facing the challenges of a lengthy FDA approval process, I helped establish a client of 16 years as the expert in aseptic skin prep solutions through educating the marketplace. By supporting the sales force with a repository of clinical information segmented by practice, they are able to educate floor nurses, infection control practitioners and surgeons. Web content was designed to increase search engine compatibility and break up the text-heavy nature of the clinical content. The results were improved sales/marketing support, added scalability for company growth, increased traffic by 100%, and expanded clinical content. At the other end of the spectrum, I have designed and developed two travel apps for the iOS platform. They combine my love of design, (graphic, UI/UX), travel, photography and databases (yes, I love databases.) Today, I specialize in design for website management systems (WordPress and Squarespace), UX/UI design, identity programs, book design and production, marketing and promotional materials, web design and consultation, and trade show exhibits.
  • Propaganda3
    Director of mobile products, 2010 - 2012
    Combining my love of visual design and brand experience with the latest strategies in information architecture for both mobile and desktop design. While at Propaganda3, I streamlined and standardized the bidding and production processes (website and mobile development) to maximize efficiency. Well-versed in Apple’s iOS mobile platform, I have successfully created and implemented mobile apps, working with producers and developers to navigate the mobile technologies, and strategies. I am adept at: UI/UX design Site maps, wire framing and prototyping Use case scenarios
  • RiseUp Publications
    Vice president of marketing and production management, 2008 - 2008
    Part of the launch team for a weekly tabloid-style magazine on race and ethnicity. Distributed through national newspapers, including the Washington Post, I developed the marketing and sales materials, strategy as well as production scheduling and management of the teams.
  • Minturn Advertising
    Art director, 1984 - 1987
    I oversaw art direction and production management for a small advertising agency specializing in consumer food products. Duties ranged from art direction to traffic management for print advertising, package design and fleet graphics.
  • JR Navarro & Associates
    Art director, 1983 - 1984
    Starting as an entry level production person, I quickly evolved to production and traffic management as well as art direction.
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Kansas City
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Los Angeles
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Kelly Ludwig can be found wandering the backroads, collecting folk art, shooting too many photos, creating travel apps... in search of the best road trip ever!
Introduction

Kelly Ludwig is a graphic designer by trade, a collector of self-taught art, an instructor at the Kansas City Art Institute and road trip fool by passion … 

She has blended her love of photography, design and travel experiences with the latest technology, and created two travel apps for the iPhone, “Best Road Trip Ever” and “Road Trip 66.” Her photographs have been exhibited in a number of museums.

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  • KU
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