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Wednesday
May112011

Designing DNA

In the past several weeks I’ve been focused on creating new Line Art for each pavilion of Future World, the inspiration of which came from the original 1983 line-art for distinctive Horizons building Logo. By now you’ve seen Imagination, and Energy, but as of late I’ve been working on the mostly dormant Wonders of Life pavilion and its now extinct icon: the DNA Tower.

Although first used for the Vista Series, the Line Art for each pavilion has a multitude of uses in future projects. That’s why great care and attention has been given to the creation of each successive pavilion. In all cases, I’m looking to create not just a single cool design, but one that fits in the overall picture.

Below is an “Evolution of Design” for the DNA Tower. I design the way most writers write and I write the way most artists paint. (I self edit as I’m writing and I often pull out all the stops on a particular art piece then distil it down to its best elements.) Because of its perfect symmetry, I thought the best way to create the line art for the tower was to recreate the entire thing first and then determine what would make it into the final design.

What you see below is the progression from conception to final design. Because, it will be featured in large and small sizes its must “read” well as both.  The First (Left) is much too busy. The Center a little too flat, and the last one with is spiraling lines is able to create a 3D effect on a flat object through the use of negative space.  And just wait until you see it with the dome!             

Monday
May092011

Wider, Clearer, Better

Although it certainly doesn’t show, there has been a massive amount of working going on behind the scenes for the E82 Project. Whether it be fixing audio, creating new concepts, or developing new art work, a lot of foundational work has been occurring for both E82 as well as my growth into a professional designer. (More on that Later)

After seeing it for myself (just yesterday), I am quite pleased with the recent conversion of Epcot’s Oldest (Unchanged) Attraction. As I am sure most of you are aware, “Impressions de France” was quietly converted to digital projection. The color is amazing, the image stabilization is extremely well done, and the sharpness is astounding. The French Alps scene alone is literally breath-taking! In short “Impressions” is quite Impressive!

It is a testament to the filmmakers that this is the one presentation in all of Epcot that has endured in its original form. From Norman “Buddy” Baker’s lush arrangement of France’s greatest classical music to the artful cinematography the film sets the standard for which all travelogues should be judged. Based on previous reports it was thought that the film was set to be re-shot soon after Canada’s replacement, I am quite relieved that WDI decided to simply update its technology and not it’s content. If it’s not Baroque do not fix it! Canada, China, and yes even Mexico needed their changes (badly), but France’s Fantasia has stood the test of time. No improvements necessary, a simply perfect attraction.

That being said I would change the last 30 seconds of film, to cross-dissolve from the pre-millennial Eiffel Tower to the sparking strobes of the last ten years. (Maybe with some LED’s behind the screen just to make it really pop) But in those two sentences, I probably cost the company at least $50,000 so let’s just save that for next year’s budget!

Impressions de France at Epcot

Speaking of Wide Screen presentations, you may notice that E82 has become a little wider today with additional graphics flanking the sides of the site. (It took for forever to come-up with a repeatable pattern that would fit the site and, as silly as its sounds, its final color design was actually inspired by one of my neckties!)

Stay-tuned later this week as I can clearly see a new Vista “growing” in the distance!

 

Tuesday
Apr262011

Installing... TRON Geosphere

Before continuing my investigation into secrets of Kevin Flynn’s “Second System”, discover the real reasons, motives, and directives of the TRON: Geosphere Project, and why E82 is also “The TRON Legacy”!  

 

Thursday
Apr212011

VISTA SERIES - The Power of the Sun

Witness the Universe of Energy radiating with the power of the Sun. Its deep red hues gradually heating up to a white hot glow feeding the pavilion’s photovoltaic array for your “Ride on Sunshine”.

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Warning: You might need sunglasses to view this edition of the Vista Series!

Designer’s Note: Believe it or not but the most time consuming aspect of making these is also the smallest and most difficult thing to see. The Line Art of each pavilion is (will be) carefully designed to not only capture the essence of the architecture but have the same “weight” for each subject.         

Tuesday
Apr192011

Constructing Tomorrow #3

30 days before opening of the “Newest Wonder of the World,” The EPCOT Center News Briefs provided daily progress reports for the many facets in bringing 21st Century to life in 1982.

 

Click the News Brief to go indepth into the latest installment of Constructing Tomorrow.