Sunday, April 1, 2012

Retro '71

 

Welcome back to another edition of our vintage vacation wear with a retro flair. For this weeks shirt I had the idea of honoring one of the unsung heroes of the Walt Disney World Resort; The Seven Seas Lagoon. I come from a time when I can remember spending ours playing on the sandy white beaches and taking a quick dip in the Lagoon to cool off from those humid Orlando afternoons. What better way to pay homage than with it's very own Retro '71 shirt.

I wanted to design a more masculine concept that played upon the notion of a fictitious activity guests partook in while vacationing at the resort while also bordering on tongue in cheek humor. I came up with the idea of using a scuba diving team. . .basically for a slight play on alliteration. I can image the daily activity being one of the Polynesian Village perks and guests diving down into the clean, crystal depths of the Lagoon to discover sunken Spanish Galleons (designed by WED Enterprises) and various undersea life.




Since we all know what today's Seven Seas Lagoon is like, I wanted to also spark the imagination of people who don't remember it in all its glory of what it might have been. The typography palette plays upon display fonts that were used heavily in the 70's along side a retro illustration of a diver. Finishing the design is our worn out, distressed texture. 


What do you guys think? Wait to you see what I have in the vaults for Bay Lake! Well that does it for this edition of Retro '71. I'm happy to report that next Sunday will by our first in a series of three Main Street USA typography case studies. I also have a new, exciting and special segment I'm currently working on for Designerland that I think you will love. Check back soon for more updates and thanks for stopping by. Have a swell week and see ya soon!



7 comments:

  1. Just found your site and I love your work! Silly question, can I actually buy some of these designs? Are they available at the parks? Thanks!

    -Eric

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    1. Eric, thanks for the nice words. Yes, I currently have a few jaunty designs within the parks and more on the way. Most of the stuff on my blog however is just concepts an ideas. Stay tuned into designerland for updates and news and thanks again!

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  2. I do hope this design is released for sale someday! My husband would flip... He loves all things Disney. He used to work at WDW in the early 70's. He also scuba dives. I love it!


    I have to compliment you on your wonderful designs, Richard. Every single design you share here is something I can see purchasing. You have a real talent.

    Best Wishes in the future!

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    1. Thanks for the nice words. Yeah, when I designed this one I could see it being popular with the guys. It's funny, retro and just enough Disney to get the memories running. I have such great memories of how busy the lakes use to be in the past. Thanks again for the kind words and support.

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  3. Brilliant. Every time I come back to visit your site I find more wonderful designs. I'd buy them all if I could. Thanks.

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  4. Found your blog after picking up a rainbow shirt today at WDW! We also admired the glee club one not knowing it was the same artist! Well done.

    My partner would be in love with this shirt. One more set of fingers crossed for production.

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    1. Glad you found my blog and you enjoy some of the designs I've done with the disney design group and here on my blog. Thanks for the support and nice comments.

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