What was the process in creating the Lakeland Landmarks design?The process of this design began with first selecting iconic landmarks in Lakeland that most locals would recognize and appreciate. I also tried to choose icons that represented all that Lakeland has to offer (education, history, entertainment, scenery, etc.). To create each image, I worked in a digital medium, and used reference photos and drew inspiration from each area’s palette to select the splashes of color.
Out of all the local spots in Lakeland, which one was a must add in the design?For me, that was the Frances Langford Promenade, located in the heart of Downtown Lakeland. I feel like it’s the crown of the city. I can’t tell you how many laps I’ve made around Lake Mirror, either having meaningful conversations with friends or just getting lost in my own thoughts. I especially love it at night when the lights of the city reflect on it.
What is one word you would use to describe Lakeland?Flourishing. I moved to Lakeland in 2007 from New England, and in just the span of time I’ve been here, the city has changed so much–and I believe it’s for the better. I know change is hard for some, especially for those who have been here their entire lives and can remember fields of orange groves and pastures. But the reality facing the city is this: you can either grow or stay stagnant; while growth comes with change, stagnancy brings with it the risk of being left behind and forgotten. I think Lakeland has done a great job in maintaining that small-town feel while also considering the future.
What is your favorite local Lakeland spot?This one is so hard to narrow down. Can I just say Downtown? It has a great selection of eateries, shops, bars and entertainment. It also hosts some of my favorite events, including the Downtown Farmers Market, First Friday and the Art Crawl.