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Tuesday
Jul152014

Logo Series - Sea Base Alpha

In tribute to Paul Gerber’s austerely beautiful “The Sea”, this background depicts the final climatic frames of the film that served as the overture to The Living Seas pavilion. A film in which the last scene speculatively illustrates a futuristic underwater base with a proto-computer-generated model that builds to this image that dramatically transitions into the real “Hydrolators” that transport guests to Sea Base Alpha.
An updated logo of Sea Base Alpha hallmarks the lower portion of the background, which portrays one of the more deeply transcendent objectives of The Living ­­­Seas — interspecies understanding and cooperation.

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Designer Notes:

This is actually the culmination of two separate projects. The first, a recreation of the original 1986 CG “wireframe” ending of “The Sea, and the second, a vectorization and (an E82 style) modernization of Sea Base Alpha’s official logo.

The “Wireframe” was reconstructed in vector format using several aligned frames from a low-res source demo of the film. In order to maintain blueprint-like accuracy (and my own sanity) the various elements (doors, railings, rockwork, etc.) were originally color-coded before receiving its final monochromatic treatment.

The SBA Logo was first painstaking vector-traced from a source prop originally used in the attraction, including the original 1986 color scheme. Then was re-colored and “dimensionalized” utilizing only gradients that (in most cases) contain color swatches from the original.            

Thursday
Jul032014

SeaSet

Symbolizing the dynamic and interconnected relationship between the ocean, sky, and our mother star, The Living Seas Entry Mural, designed by Tim Delaney, was a modern masterpiece of multi-dimensional design.
“Seaset” depicts the mural as seen through the prism of its dramatic nighttime lighting scheme featuring deep blue rim lighting and a single amber spotlight highlighting the mural’s focal point.

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Wednesday
Jun182014

Try to Imagine ... The Living Seas

Wednesday
May212014

SeaRise

Symbolizing the dynamic and interconnected relationship between the ocean, sky, and our mother star, The Living Seas Entry Mural, designed by Tim Delaney, was a modern masterpiece of multi-dimensional design. With its colorful currents and dramatic seascape refracting the sunlight, the mural not only emphases the pavilion’s theme but also accurately depicts the ratio of a planet that should have been named Sea not Earth as its surface is mostly covered by water.

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Designer’s Note:
Just as with Energy’s Mural, I was dealing with the same problem of a very wide subject matter on a comparatively narrow screen. This time it was determined to have the focal point occupy more than 50% of the desktop image. In order to accomplish this I wanted to (vertically) extend the mural well beyond the confines of the original pavilion entry. Also, I had to concede that the mural could not be exhibited fully and approximately 30% of its length would have to be cropped. 

Several test later, and to spite its uniquely multi-layered presentation, the desktop background was completely lacking in depth. Fast-forward a few months, and I finally hit upon a solution of multiple “backlit” Art Deco-influenced layers that would both increase depth and would maintain focus on Tim's original masterpiece.

Point of Interest:
The waveforms below the mural are exact replicas of wavy railings that originally encircled the pavilion’s marquee. 

Friday
Apr252014

Building Better Logos

The JLH Omnimedia section returns from an 18-month hiatus with a behind the scenes look into the creation of a special collection of assets for The E82 Project...

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