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I was the lead creative designer for the 2013 D23 Parks and Resorts pavilion, designing both the exterior and interior of the pavilion, as well as all major signage and graphics.

Exterior concept, designed to evoke Walt Disney Imagineering’s headquarters at 1401 Flower Street (click to enlarge):

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Interior world map, depicting Disney parks around the world. This was ultimately rendered at a size of approximately 20 feet high and 60 feet across:

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A concept for an interior kinetic sculpture, approximately 12 feet tall, a throwback to the mid-century “oil fountain” used in the Disney attraction Adventure Thru Inner Space:

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The logo for the Parks & Resorts pavilion:

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…and the poster:

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I designed the logo for the Imagineering Pavilion at Disney’s D23 Expo. The theme was “Carousel of Projects”, a play on the old “Carousel of Progress” attraction that used to be at Disneyland back in the 1960s. The theme of the whole thing was retro 60s, which I tried to incorporate into this logo.

Here is a video of the logo “in action” (which I didn’t create.)

Launched on August 24, 2009, Wishing Stars is a GPS-based game for Disney Park visitors. Guests search for hidden (virtual) treasure by following clues awarded by the game. I created the game concept, the iPhone app, and all related graphics.

For more details, visit the Wishing Stars web site.

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For my personal portfolio, a Space Mountain attraction poster in the style of ’60s-era Disney posters.

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Want a copy? Visit here and download.

Disney hired me to create a series of illustrations to be used in the attraction poster for Hong Kong Disneyland’s upcoming “It’s A Small World” attraction, opening in 2008 (click to enlarge):

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An Imagineer I met at Disney mentioned that his first assignment at the company was to design a popcorn cart. He shared this in an effort to make the work sound not-at-all-glamorous (it didn’t work), and it occurred to me that if I wanted to get into the theme park business, designing a popcorn cart was probably a more typical task than, say, designing an entire park or attraction.

With that in mind, here’s the popcorn cart I created, themed toward Tokyo DisneySea’s steampunk-inspired Mysterious Island. What you see here was not created for Disney, but instead done for my own portfolio.

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I like how it turned out, though my one critique is a fundamental one: it looks a little too much like “a popcorn cart themed to Mysterious Island.” A stronger approach would have made it look like some other piece of hardware that’s been converted into a popcorn cart. My approach almost implies that Captain Nemo (Mysterious Island’s “creator”) spent his spare time designing popcorn carts…unlikely. Far more likely that someone else take one of his creations and turn it into something “trivial.”

I was commissioned by Walt Disney Imagineering to illustrate the front and back of a 24-foot billboard used in Hong Kong Disneyland’s Autopia attraction. The basic design had already been decided by Imagineering and Honda, the attraction’s sponsor, but it was up to me to create the finished work.

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Ever read the dedication plaque at Disneyland? I hadn’t in quite a while, and a quick review of it revealed something surprising. I wrote about it in this blog post entitled The Meaning of Disneyland that has gotten a lot of attention across the web.

I was hired to create two sheets of stamps commemorating the opening of Hong Kong Disneyland on September 15, 2005. Both sheets were issued by the Hong Kong Post Office in various presentation formats, including the “nighttime” one with Mickey in a gold leaf sorcerer’s coat.

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Based on some faux-Disney attraction posters that I had created on my own, I was hired to create a set of seven posters for the Hong Kong Disneyland park opening on September 15, 2005. The producer that hired me wanted to preserve the silk-screened look of the original 1950s-era attraction posters, and though we had to make a few concessions I think we came pretty close to succeeding.Actual size of the posters is 30 by 45 inches. (Attraction posters are a long-standing tradition at Disney theme parks: they’re placed in the entry way to the park to promote the exciting things to see and do. They also decorate the occasional blank wall within the park.)

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It never occurred to me that I’d have the occasion to draw fried chicken, but I found the opportunity when Disney asked me to create five outdoor menus for restaurants at Hong Kong Disneyland. Three of them consisted mainly of laying out already-illustrated food items, but the two shown here were created entirely by me.

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A Disney-inspired attraction poster that I created on my own. Posting this online led to me getting a job with Disney to do these “for real.”

Swan Boat Poster

Tomorrowland Poster  If You Had Wings Poster

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