Saturday, January 1, 2011

Retro 71



So when I'm not tracking down fonts or studying graphic design used in the Disney Theme Parks, I tend to focus on theme park merchandise and Disney Consumer Products. I've had the opportunity to work with (not for) Disney Consumer Products in the past and enjoyed it a lot. . . especially studying all those fabulous style and packaging guides. Now seeing how apparel design is what I do for my day job I decided to combine my love for Disney Theme Parks and apparel design in one.

So far I've created 12 concepts for apparel all based on retro Disney. What can I say, I'm a sucker for retro?!?! My first design was based on an annual passholder logo that depicted the Disneyland logo, The Epcot Center logo and the Walt Disney World logo. 




I love getting into Illustrator and recreating these logos, not only to build my Illustrator/Creative Suite skills but also to challenge myself to see how close I can come to the original. 

In order to really capture the retro feel I was going for I decided to distress the logo with a vintage texture. Now I'm not BIG on distressing and grunge texture seeing how it's overused in today's design world and I look at it as a crutch for some designers. Just cause you throw a grunge font or a distressed texture on something doesn't mean its a good design nor is it trendy or current. But seeing how I wanted this shirt to look like it was made, purchased and worn in the mid 70's then discarded to a random thrift store, then ends up back into the hands of a true Disney fan...I figured the original design would show some wear and tear. 

Not only through the distressed texture, but with the use of water based inks (inks that are soft to the touch) and no underlays (the colors would blend into the main color of the t-shirt) the design would really come off as vintage.



The colors of this concept were chosen to reflect a Floridian evening sky, the sun setting in the west and those amazing color spots beginning to shine upon Spaceship Earth. Some of those color combinations are simply amazing!!!! Well that will pretty much do it for today.

Tune in this upcoming Friday for the next installment of the font case study posters where I'll look at another amazing Disney attraction. See you real soon!

9 comments:

  1. Just stumbled across your site via Imaginerding.com.

    Great stuff! Look forward to visiting more often.

    MB

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  2. Thanks for the comments and for visiting. Lots more crazy ideas and fun posts in store. Stay tuned!

    Richard

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  3. I would buy the three park logo design shirt in a heartbeat! Cant wait to see what else you have created.

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  4. Glad you like it...it's one of my favorites. I've had a fair people say the enjoy it and would buy it outright. Thanks for commenting and coming to my blog. Hope to see you back in the future!

    Richard

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  5. You are officially my new favorite blog on the web! I have just spent the last hour drooling over your wonderful designs (I too, am a sucker for all things Disney and retro!). Is there anyplace to buy these shirts? If not, is there a plan to sell them in the future? I'd buy two of everything- one to wear and one to frame!
    Your work is amazing and I'm bookmarking this site to come back often. Keep up the great work!

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  6. I'm glad to hear you like my blog and my designs. Due to copyright and the like these shirts aren't for sale.... yet.

    My goal would be to actually get in touch with Disney Consumer Products and or Disney Theme Park Merchandise with my ideas for the Retro 71 apparel line. Alas, I don't have any connections in the theme park merchandising area. You don't know anyone down in Orlando by any chance? LOL!

    The Retro 71 Line actually is more than just apparel. I have product line lists that focus on social stationery and other fun products using some of the art that's seen on my shirts.

    Every Sunday evening there's a new Retro 71 concept. The one for this week is pretty cool so stay tuned and thanks for the kind words.

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  7. Unfortunately, I don't know anyone down in Orlando (if I did- I'd be down there working for them too!). I really hope you are able to take this further- your work is so much better than what is currently for sale in the park!

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  8. I found all your t-shirt designs on pinterest and they are amazing! I didn't even think twice about going to the original source and ordering a few. Then I found out they are just designs and not actually being manufactured... WHY!?! I would pretty much buy one of each! They are the perfect mix of fresh design and disney magic. Plus my husband would look gorgeous in these! I will keep an eye on your blog, never giving up hope that you will start selling ;) You are talented!

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  9. Thanks! Yeah my blog is basically a living portfolio of ideas I have, in order to try to show the good folks in the mouse house that I am a designer and I have what it takes to work for them...my dream since I was 11. Anyway thanks for the compliments and the kind words!

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