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E82 U

Wow, this maybe the longest stretch without any new material to date! But, most assuredly it hasn’t been because I have haven’t been working. For the past month, I’ve been gearing-up for a return to school. Apparently, there are several people out there that believe that I just might be artistically inclined. As such, I’ve chosen (what I believe to be) the best college in the field. Full Sail University has an amazing Online Education program and an even better track record in creating multi-award winning creative professionals. I’m currently pursuing a Bachelors of Science Degree in Graphic Design. And (if all goes well) I should be done in 29 months.

But what does all this mean for E82?

Well, I believe that this (very young) website has the potential to become something truly special and maybe, just maybe, influence a change in the way we not only treat Epcot, the park but also help eliminate the Retro in Retro Futurism. There is still a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow… YES even in Today’s technology inundated era. Among other things, I believe the challenge of Tomorrow is no longer technological, if the last 30 years have proved anything it’s that “We Can Do It.” But now that we’re super-connected with mini-computers in palm of hand what do we do now? Well I think the biggest frontier of this century will be moving from Information and Data to one of Wisdom, Maturity, and Responsibility. These are all lesions I have learned from EPCOT Center, and insights I hope to continue to share with you for a long, long time. In short, E82 is also My Legacy.

After completing my first week’s assignments in two days and with an extra day off for classes each week, I feel quite positive that E82 will continue at a fair pace. So it is my hope that as I continue my intellectual evolution, E82 will continue its evolution as well.


Coming Next Week

The completion of GATHER, STORE, RE-COMBINE with our Epic Length Final Chapter: “Returns, Tributes, and Beyond”!                  



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!             

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