Monday, June 27, 2011

Retro '71

This week’s Retro '71 shirt concept is based on the Lake Buena Vista Shopping Village, which opened in 1975 and changed its name to the Walt Disney World Village in 1977. Serving as a shopping district for Disney World vacationers, the area was much more intimate and relaxed than what you would find today. As a child, I only remember visiting the area maybe twice as it appealed more to an older adult demographic.

I recreated the logo and added an outer stroke in a color that is brighter than the shirt then a second stroke in a muted green to make it pop. I tried to keep the colors very simplistic in tones of creams and browns. Finishing the design is a simple crackle texture.

Well that does it for this week’s Retro '71 concept. I've had quite a week and sadly have to push off the typography case study until next week, with the new soundboard app to follow soon. Stick with me folks, they are coming, I promise. Until next time, thanks for visiting and see ya soon.


  1. The Retro '71 Designs are absolutely beautiful/incredible/really, really cool. Miles ahead of anything I've seen at Disneyland in a long time. I hope they take notice and give you a chance to bring your ideas to the public. I'd love to be able to get a few more shirts (already ordered Dole Whip for me and my son).

    Great job on the attraction type case studies, too!

  2. Well thanks for the kind words. The fan response has been amazing, not a week goes by without a few people asking about them. Maybe one day. Thanks again for the compliments.

  3. awesome ... amazing ... artistically brilliant!

    Richard love your work. Missed out on the Pineapple Whip ... I'm gutted! I'll be following your blog very closely for more shirts (prints?? Pineapple Whips?) and goodies in the future!

    I've featured you on my Tiki Blog -

    ... hope you don't mind! It won't make you a millionaire but might bring in a few more visitors to Designerland.

  4. I have fond memories of the Village-- it was so quiet, relaxed, and charming compared to the hustle of the parks. That was before it became the defacto bus transportation hub, West Side, etc etc....

    Lovely shirt, well done!

  5. I would buy this in a second! So many great memories at The Village as a kid!