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Thursday
Nov142013

Kinetic Mosaic 

Although its narrative is decidedly petroleum centric, the entire Universe of Energy pavilion itself stands in tribute the Sun. Everything from its shape to its position and even its color scheme reinforces the theme of power from the sun.

Perhaps the most impressive and powerful example of Energy’s theme is the magnificent mural that welcomes us into the pavilion. This stunning piece of art is (in many ways) a perfect blending of art, science and technology. Executed in an Old World mosaic style that prophetically foreshadows 8-bit computer image design, the mural is a depiction of our Sun as seen through the lens of thermographic camera. But far from a merely scientific representation this mural subtly illustrates both our scale and relationship to our mother star. For just outside the reach of its deadly rays, the Earth, as represented by the infinitesimally small white dot on the far right, demonstrates its perfectly positioned orbit that simultaneously protects us and allows us to thrive on its power. 

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Designer’s Note: This desktop holds the record for the longest gestation period of any of E82’s projects. Initially began in March of 2010, the mural was completely documented in vector form piece with the aid of over 30 source photos resulting in an over 99% accurate re-creation in digital space. The mural was completed several months later, but due its complexity and narrow aspect ratio the asset sat unused for 2 years afterward.

In no way a definitive depiction its just today’s best efforts to display what is a very wide mural in a (still wide but nevertheless) much more narrow canvas.                        

If anyone is interested in a close-up (Texture Series edition) of this mural please let me know.

Friday
Nov012013

Full Sail - Full Circle

Today has nothing to do with Epcot.
And yet has Everything to do with Epcot’s legacy.

For today: 2 Years, 5 Months, 3 Days, 29 Classes, 126 Sleepless Weekends, & 500 Liters of Highly Caffeinated Tea Later… 

I’m finally graduating with a Bachelors degree in Graphic Design from Full Sail University!

 

I’m also receiving the Advanced Achievement Award for my field, which includes giving a small speech as part of the ceremony.

One of many groups I have to thank for this are my frequent visitors to E82. I have a rather small artistic ego (still do), but it was YOU with your unbiased superlative comments and appreciation for the work I’ve done here that gave me the confidence to make the hard choice to go back to school full time (while still having a full time job). However, that choice also meant something had to give and ironically E82’s evolution has had to take the back seat during my formal education. Posts had to be squeezed between classes and sadly I could not participate in pivotal events (like Horizons’ 30th).

Those days should be behind us soon and I have a tangible list of over 100 projects for The Epcot Legacy including whole new sections, History/Legacy additions and certain projects that extend well beyond the confines of the digital site.

At nearly three years old, we’ve only scratched the surface of what E82 can be, and it just got a lot larger!

Monday
Sep232013

Formatting for the Future 

For several months now I’ve been haunted by a single horrible thought…

What if E82 Visitors were not downloading the highest quality versions of my backgrounds?

Furthermore, how bad is it that users have to click through multiple screens (and websites!) just to get the high-res images? Ever since I converted the ART section last year to a gallery, I’ve been somewhat dissatisfied with the content delivery of my backgrounds. And for months, I’ve been researching the best method of downloading with an appropriately retro-futuristic presentation and here are the results…

 

E82’s Art section now features direct downloads of ALL* past backgrounds, but it doesn’t stop there. In addition to the Full & Wide Screen formats, two NEW ratios have been created that allow you to display The Epcot Legacy on to-go devices with our iPad/tablet & Cellular/iPhone formats.

Finally, while preparing the backgrounds for the migration to on-site hosting I couldn’t help but make a few subtle (and some blatantly obvious) improvements to most desktops and a few custom compositions for the new formats that (I think) surpass the originals!

So head over to the ART section and re-discover the collection in a fresh new way!

How many changes can you see?

*Note: The only background yet to make it on-site is the Lights of Winter Collection. I noticed a few technical errors that will take a little more time to correct.

BTW, to my fellow Cast Members (& Imagineers) this also marks the first time you’ll be able to view/display E82 Desktops on your work computers!

Tuesday
Sep172013

Construction Notification 

Hi Everyone! 

Remember Me???

I’m the guy that’s supposed to be maintaining this site. 

Well, I’m in the midst of the last month and a half of my formal education and (as you can imagine) things are coming quick and fast on all sides, and most absurdly the least of these pressures is coming from my final classes!

However, while assembling my portfolio, building a separate “JLH Omnimedia” site and tending to the life-altering launch of MyMagic+, my thoughts drift back to the plethora of exciting projects yet to come for the Epcot Legacy. Including entirely new sections, columns and some highly-secretive endeavors that will change forever your perception of Epcot, and all theme parks as a whole!

But, before all this work continues, the fruits of Full Sail have provided me with more professional standards of content delivery and (mostly significantly) rules on what NOT to do with a website. Therefore, I’m in process of migrating all of my nearly 30 desktops backgrounds to the site directly with no need to navigate through 5 Clicks just to get to your favorite wallpaper. Once completed you’ll be able to directly download everything in the art section with just one click!

But that’s not all.
(As many of you know) I have a rare artistic disease I call…

“Lucasicitis”: an uncontrollable urge to enhance or perfect one’s past works.

As part of this illness, I’ve also been reassessing some pieces making a couple hundred minor corrections, with the most notable occurring with the Vista Series so that they can be used together (and continue) without any loss of consistency for several projects down the line.

Over the next few weeks,
I’ll be rebuilding the ART gallery for
E82’s Direct Download service,
to include TWO new formats,
and multiple other enhancements. 

Please pardon any formatting inconsistencies,
or dead links during this process. 

Once completed expect a more pleasant visit to E82 — The Epcot Legacy!   

Sunday
Jun302013

Easy Living

“Easy Living… It’s always been just around the corner.”
The future as seen from the 1930’s, this second edition to the Texture Series pays tribute to the fanciful “Art Deco” scene from Future World’s dearly departed Horizons pavilion by focusing on the tableau’s colorful custom created carpets.

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