While at SeaWorld's Deep Blue Creative, I had the chance to work on a new attraction for Busch Gardens Williamsburg called "Battle for Eire". This will be a new virtual reality experience, taking guests on a thrilling ride through the mystical world of dragon and fairies. As a little teaser. I am showing the main logo and marquee that will be hanging over the entrance. The main logo is a dragon with a fairy in the negative space that is holding the light or Eire. For the main signage, this will be on a large golden shield with a Celtic banners hanging from behind it. Below you can see sketches and other early versions of the logo that I came up with before designing the final look.
While at Walt Disney Imagineering a few years ago, me and a few other Imagineers come up with ideas for new Disney inspired Cirque Du Soleil shows. The idea that I came up with was to have a show where Mickey is the orchestra conductor and would take you through the magic of the Disney animated movies with music being the main story thread. I was inspired the Beatles "LOVE" show and felt that the same idea could work here. Some of the main inspiration for the graphic look came from the Silly Symphony short "The Band Concert" from 1935. I wanted to pay homage to all of the Disney animated films and I came up the name "Symphony and Sound" and use a similar logo that again pays tribute to the Silly Symphony logo. Below you will see the graphic look I developed for this idea and some of the inspiration that I used.
It's that time of year where we celebrates by being around the ones we care about... Luke, Leia, Rey and even Kylo. Yes, it's Star Wars time of year! ... and its also Christmas too. To celebrate I did a quick illustration combing two of my favorite characters, the Grinch and Darth Vader. Happy Star Wars Season to everyone!
Over the past few years I have been inspired by mono line designs and the simplicity that they convey. By just using lines, it makes the designer really work on how the lines work with one another, how color will be used and how the design and background interact with one another. I wanted to try this style for myself and thought what better way then design a festival or an event. I have always enjoyed EPCOT's Flower and Garden Festival and thought the images of flowers would work well with this style. Below you will see how EPCOT's Flower and Garden Festival, using this mono line style could look.
I often look to films to inspire for ride ideas, but there are those films that inspire me to design a whole land. When I saw the Angry Birds Movie (which was a fun movie, for those of you who haven't seen it) the characters and environment in which the movie takes place was fun and rich with ideas that i designed a few rides. The rides range from an interactive shooter, like Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin to a Soarin' type of ride called "Mighty Eagles; Mighty Flight to a classic dark ride where you see Red rescue the eggs from King Mudbeard. Maybe one day, I will be able to share Angry Birds Land with everyone.
About 3 months ago, I joined the Deep Blue Creative at SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment as a theme graphic designer. This is great opportunity to work with some amazing artist and designers to help reimagine what the new generation of SeaWorld parks will be!
While at Disney, I was able to design the graphics for the runDisney Marathon Expos. I was able to design for many of the races including the Princess Half Marathon, the Wine and Dine Marathon and my favorite, Walt Disney World Marathon. For the Walt Disney World Marathon, each race was named after one of the big 3; Mickey, Goofy and Donald. Below you can see just a sample of the banners I did for the Walt Disney World Marathon.
While at Thinkwell Group. I worked with Nickelodeon to create a way finding signage system for a family entertainment center that they were developing. The signage system needed to feel modern with a touch of Nickelodeon fun. I came up with a style that uses a layered translucent material with a slime looking texture on top of an aluminum backing panel. This created a layered look and with the drip shapes at the bottom, the signage feels as it is dripping with slime. For the family entertainment center, Nickelodeon wanted a large map sign of the center as well as different directional signage that can be placed throughout. Here you will see concepts drawings, color studies and Sketchup models of this way finding system.
Sometimes the best ideas never see the light of day. While working at Thinkwell, I was part of the design team working on a theme park in China called the Monkey King. The park was themed on the classic stories of the Monkey King fables. In the “Main Street” area of the park, there was going to be an old trailer with a story teller that was going to tell the tale of the Monkey King using elaborate puppets. This trailer was going to be the stage for his puppets to tell these stories. Here you will see sketches, artwork and a 3D model of what the puppet trailer was going to be.
The American Red Cross is celebrating 100 years in Los Angeles. For this centennial celebration, I was asked to design a “100 years” logo and marketing campaign. They wanted the look to be modern and trendy, in other words, they wanted the design to be very “LA”. My concept for the logo was to keep it very clean an simple, but making the "LA" very trendy and iconic. For the marketing, I used a geometric pattern that was developed from the letter “A” and incorporated pictures of the city into the tonal background.
Subscription gift box that give fans one of kind merchandise have become very popular over the last 3 years. Companies like Loot Crate, Kawaii Box and My Geek Box have become very popular with subscription gift boxes. Larger companies have now started to play with this idea. Marvel has launched“Marvel Collector Corp” and Warner Bros have launched the “The Wizarding World Crate”. Nickelodeon also wants to join in with the subscription box service and I worked on a concept with their brand called “Nick Nacks”. This box plays with there brand and famous characters. I used their main green color that Nickelodeon has made famous from their slime and did a tonal green version of all the cartoon characters. For the edges and for the main logo, I used the official orange color and the “splat” icon that they made famous with their brand since the early 90’s. With all these different elements and styles, it all came together very nicely. And who doesn’t like to have “Nick Nacks”.
While working at Disney Theme Park Merchandise, I was able to design the Halloween graphics that were used at Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resort. The graphics were themed around pumpkin Mickey and Jack Skellington from Nightmare Before Christmas. These graphics were used at all the major stores, from the Emporium on Main Street to World of Disney.
Run Disney has grown in popularity in the past 10 years. They have added races such as the Super Heroes Half Marathon that is based around Marvel’s Avengers and the Star Wars Half Marathon (they have a light side marathon and a dark side marathon) to go with their already popular marathons such as the Disneyland Half Marathon and the Walt Disney World Marathon. All the major franchise are represented from Lucas to Marvel to Disney…except one. And that is Pixar. So I designed a marathon based around the Incredibles. The reason I chose the incredibles over other themes like, Toy Story or Monsters Inc. was that the Run Disney Marathons are about families and they have races for all ages, from a baby crawl to a race for kids to the full marathon for adults. I thought what better theme then a family of super hero’s to have a marathon for a family of runners. You will see my concept design for this idea, that I call the Incredible Marathon.
Run Disney has grown in popularity over the past 10 years. With the massive growth of the events, both at Disneyland and Walt Disney World, more and more people are signing up for the different marathon events. I felt that run Disney and the participates could benefit from a running app. I designed a run Disney app that helps runners train for the marathons that they are running by keeping progress of there running workout. This app would allow people to register for the marathons through the app with a “one touch” register. It would allow you access to coaching help, nutrition advice and even allow you to buy the newest run Disney apparel and much more. I am hoping, one day, that this app will be part of the run Disney experience.
What better to celebrate 2016, then New Years at Disney's Pleasure Island. Every night at midnight, "New Year's Eve" was celebrated with a fireworks show. This tradition lasted from 1990 through New Year's Eve 2005. I designed a couple shirts featuring Jessica Rabbit that was inspired by the large sign of her welcoming you to Pleasure Island. The shirt colors and type were inspired by Pleasure Island logo with a vintage touch.
I was able to work merchandise based around famous quotes from Walt Disney. These are probably two of the most famous quotes Disney said and are quotes that can be found in Disneyland. I didn't want to have any images that would take away from the quotes, but by using different fonts, make the quotes a graphic in itself.
I worked with Mickey’s of Glendale to create merchandise for the D23 Expo. I was inspired by art that was on an old Disneyland bag from the 1980’s. I recreated the art and gave it a fresh update. The new Disneyland icon art was used on many products from T-shirts to pins and much more.
On this day 60 years ago, Disneyland opened. Throughout Disneyland 60 years, old rides have closed to make room for new thrill rides, but even with all these modern updates, you can still image Walt walking down Main Street, looking at the details of his park. There is something special when you walk into Disneyland. Many parks (including other Disney parks) have tried to capture this special feeling, but have been unsuccessful. Disneyland is truly a special place. To commemorate the 60th anniversary, I designed a logo based on a Disneyland graphic from the early 80’s. I did one logo in vintage colors and one in the blue colors that is part of the “Diamond Celebration”.
I wanted to do a Disney design to celebrate the 4th of July… and of course make it feel vintage. I didn’t have to look to long to find some great art that was created for America’s Bicentennial celebration in 1976. Disney created the “America on Parade” that ran from summer of 1975 and to run through 1977, to commemorate the United States Bicentennial. Disney created a character logo to along with the parade that features Mickey, Donald and Goofy dressed in revolutionary costumes. This art is so well done that I wanted to bring it back to celebrate the 4th of July, but keep it as untouched as possible. I digitally traced the original and cleaned it up, before making it look like a screen printed vintage graphic.
I love designs from the 1950’s and 60’s with the great type and fun stylized characters. A great example of this are the Disneyland ads “Funable”, Friendlyable” and “Date Night”. These ads were to promote Disneyland and the design of the ads shows off that stylized feel. These ads fit in with vintage Disney look that everyone enjoys. I traced these ads and cleaned them to only make them look vintage again. And what better way to show these vintage designs off then on a vintage looking T-shirt.