Why did we create these books? Or as we like to say our ‘raison d’être’…

Exploration & Creativity.

That’s what drives us to do what we do and be what we want to be.

We began with our first book, ‘Colorful Seattle – Explore & Color’ out of a need to show friends around the world the true colors of this fantastic city. I would say that a troll lived only a few blocks away and no one believed me. Mention the amazing water adventures to be had by kayak, canoe or SUP, only to be met with polite snickers of “Doesn’t it always rain there?” Not true!  We have a Central Library designed by Rem Koolhaas, deep native American roots as seen in the totem poles of Pioneer Square and a salt-water pool with breathtaking views of neighboring islands at a city park that one needs to hike to! Ahem, just to name a few hidden gems…

That’s how it started and then we liked what we saw and heard. Parents told us they used the book to map out weekend adventures to places they’d never visited before in their OWN city. Brilliant! Just proves you don’t have to go far to explore. So, we decided to explore more cities and create more books – colored pencils and our over-stickered Moleskine always in tow.

With a camera and a mission to eat the best yaki-saba (grilled mackerel), off we went to create Colorful Tokyo. As huge explorers of food and all things fun and funky, Colorful Portland was our latest stop.  And yes, we might just be on to other cities as you read this post…

With a penchant for modern design and clean lines we’ve captured the unique essence of our favorite places in Seattle, Tokyo and Portland and hopefully created illustrations that allows for your reckless coloring.

Whether you’re an arm-chair explorer or have your bag in a constant state of being packed – our Explore & ColorTM books can take you deep into cities and let you color along the way. We create the lines and you create the art!

Where will you explore today?

– Laura Lahm, Chief Explorer