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Kelly Ludwig is a graphic designer and educator by trade … photographer, self-taught art collector and road trip fool by passion.
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Kelly Ludwig … uncommon vision


Road Trips
Folk Art
“Graphic designer & educator by trade … photographer, self-taught art collector & road trip fool by passion.”


Travel apps for the iPhone

Best Road Trip Ever! and Road Trip 66!

These location-based travel apps features offbeat attractions, folk art sites, sights, and eateries across the country, or just along Route 66. Where are you? What’s nearby? Easily pinpoint your exact location on the road, check out what’s nearby with thousands of photos and tons of stories. Perfect for anyone who loves to get in the car and explore!


You won’t find the “typical” spots found on most travel apps – no run-of-the-mill fast food joints (unless they have a UFO or giant being on the building). Any app can give you a phonebook listing of what’s in the area, Best Road Trip Ever gives you the hand-picked offbeat attractions that make taking the back roads a lot more fun!

Best Road Trip Ever  Road Trip 66!
Books books books

Detour Art

Kelly Ludwig, author
9.5 x 11 | Hard cover | Published by Kansas City Star Books | May 2007
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Detour Art highlights art and images by visionaries, untrained artists, and folk creators found along the back roads of America.  It honors the creative spirit that is at once traditional and whimsical, spiritual and irreverent, earthy and sublime. This full-color, hard cover book features 99 artists and 40 environments from all over the  country, including many in our own backyard.


Home Court Advantage

Kelly Ludwig, author, photographer
11 x 9.5 | Soft bound | Published by Kansas City Star Books | September 2008

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“I am sure that no man can derive more pleasure from money or power than I do from seeing a pair of basketball goals in some out of the way place—deep in the Wisconsin woods an old barrel hoop nailed to a tree, or a weather-beaten shed on the Mexican border with a rusty iron hoop nailed to one end.”

— Dr. James Naismith



Randy Mason, Mike Murphy, Don Mayburger, Kelly Ludwig
10 x 7 | Soft bound | Published by Kansas City Star Books | March 2009

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Since 1995, Randy Mason, Mike Murphy and Don “The Camera Guy” Mayberger have rolled across America in a minivan, exploring the road less traveled for Public TV. They’ve searched high and low for grassroots artists and offbeat attractions, i.e. “Rare Visions & Roadside Revelations.”

This handy, fit-in-the-glovebox Travel-o-Pedia is a compilation of stories and listings of over 750 of their favorite artists, sights and eateries across the country in one full color, comprehensive compendium.  Perfect for anyone that loves to get in the car and explore!



Miles driven in 2013

Ludwig Design

Over 25 years of graphic goodness


Recognized in many national and international publications and award shows, including: Print Regional Design Annuals, the Rx Club of New York, Print’s Best of Logos and Symbols, Society of Illustrators, as well as Kansas City’s Art Directors and Omnis.

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“Unexpected travel suggestions are dancing lessons from God.”

Detour Art

Creative discoveries along the backroads


Detour art is dedicated to the sheer joy of outsider, folk, visionary, self-taught, vernacular art and environment discoveries found all along the back roads (and side streets) around the world.

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