A hostel where Austin history meets modern design
Brief: Austin is a popular destination filled with many beautiful, yet expensive hotels. The Moonlight Hostel is for those who need an affordable and neat place to stay. I wanted to create a hypothetical brand and atmosphere that is similar in beauty and popularity to the hostels in Europe.
Apart from providing rooms to stay, a cafe called "The Mini Bar" and a living space, The Moonlight also utilizes a quarter of the building for music at night or pop-up shops during the day.
Room mockup created in SketchUp
Problem: Austin is a popular designation, but lacks high-quality, affordable options for accommodation. There are only a few small hostels, but they are not talked about among visitors or locals due to their lack of branding and popularity.
Solution: Created a brand and atmosphere that is modern and reflects back on Austin’s history. With the popularity and beauty of European hostels, Moonlight intends to be a go-to for all visitors looking for an affordable place to stay.
Identity: The name Moonlight references back to the use of moonlight towers (also known as moontowers) to illuminate areas at night. Austin is the only city in the world that is known for still having these towers. In 1894, the towers became a recognized Texas State Landmark.
Door signage repeats the primary typeface, Tostada for the door numbers and linear icons for additional wayfinding.
Paper collateral and signage for the cafe located inside the hostel, named 'The Mini Bar'. The name is a play on the usual mini bar inside hotel rooms but hostels have a more communal feel hence a community mini bar.
Gig posters for the Moonlight venue space.
Room information book.