|I'm delighted to have the opportunity to present 3 new designs to honor Disneyland's 60 Anniversary!|
You would be hard pressed to find a child or adult who, if they haven't visited the park, has at least dreamed of doing so. Well I'm one of the millions of lucky kids (of all ages) who dreamed of going to Disneyland and subsequently realized that magical dream coming true, well it came true frequently in fact. And I have to admit, I never get tired of visiting the magic kingdom, especially with folks who are first time or infrequent visitors whereas I can enjoy it again through their eyes. I also just plain enjoy watching people as they enjoy themselves at the "happiest place on Earth!"
|Blocking in "Retro Retlaw"|
|One of my riotous "retro ads" for the event|
|First ticket sold!|
|Another playful parody ad for the celebration|
With Walt in charge, the Walt Disney Company was always on the cutting edge with regard to design, and the commercial art side of things from the earliest days of Disneyland's conception was certainly no exception. That contemporary style carried through into maps, tickets, signage, and print advertisement during the first decade of the park. I am a big fan of that now vintage look and in fact used it back in the early 1970s when I was a commercial artist working for an advertising firm not unlike a smaller version of that on the series MAD MEN. We operated out of a tiny two story building so the falling man title sequence from Mad Men opening just wouldn't have had the same impact. These new retro pieces honoring Disneyland's 60th will be unveiled as prints along with the originals at the Anaheim Convention Center during this years D23 EXPO.
|The Monsanto House of the Future|
|Using Herb's desk, hoping some of his magic will channel through|
|Remember the Sky Buckets?|
For those of you who may not know who Herbie is, well he was a long time artist in the company, and a stunning talent valued by Walt Disney himself. In 1952, Walt had set up an independent company that would concentrate on bringing his dreams of a new kind of amusement park to life. To get a full head of steam with visuals, Walt Disney spoke to Herb Ryman on Spetember 23, 1953 a Wednesday morning and implored him to come to the studio right away for something important.
|Herb Ryman's iconic original concept design for Disneyland|
|Patty and Whatshisname|
|One of the signings at the Disney Dream Store|
The results were enjoyed as my somewhat over the top outfit brought a smile to everyone we met. In fact though there were many wonderful exhibits throughout the