Sunday, August 12, 2012

New Orleans Mint Julep


Greetings folks! Welcome back to another edition of our Retro '55 apparel line.

This week’s concept is based on the fan favorite, the Mint Julep. The idea for a Mint Julep t-shirt has been in the works since I was designing the original Tiki Pineapple Whip tee here at Designerland. I hadn't tried this delicious drink until last year while at the Disneyland Resort and I instantly fell in love. I believe I had about 15 of them over the span of a week, and when I came home, I set to work trying to pinpoint the recipe. 

The Mint Julep Bar is located in New Orleans Square and is one offering that I feel helps sell the story of that particular land. I hear that Walt Disney World offers the same jaunty brew over at Port Orleans, but there's just something about New Orleans Square and the Mint Julep that go hand in hand.




Instead of designing some fun character holding the beverage or turning the plastic cup itself into a cute character, I decided to create a shirt that had more of a vintage label look to it, as if the Mint Julep was actually manufactured at a nearby plantation and exported as a fine southern beverage. The design itself has the New Orleans Square logo above the Blue Bayou, which was recreated by scanning one of the original New Orleans Square souvenir bags. Typeset below that is the beverage title set in the same font seen in the parks, along with some added storytelling copy that helps complete the look of the label. I also put the established date when New Orleans Square opened at Disneyland, flanked by an art nouveau whiplash curl.



Well that does it for this week’s concept—hope you all have a swell week. Thanks for stopping by.


9 comments:

  1. Hi Richard. I've just stumbled across your blog (researching Space Mountain) and found myself hooked.

    I've read through from start to finish and have to say, you're a very talented designer. It's a rare thing indeed to find someone paying such well-deserved attention to the typefaces of the Disney parks. It's a fascinating subject.

    I hope to read more of your posts in the future.

    Sincerely,

    Matt Thomas, UK

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    1. I'm glad you happened across Designerland and you like various segments of the blog. Not too many people care about fonts and typography but through the magic of Disney I hope they appreciate them a bit more!

      Thanks for stopping by and come back often, there's always something new!

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  2. Very nice work! Did you draw "New Orleans" in it entirety, modify a font or copy from something existing? Either way, that text is particularly well-executed. I especially like the New N and Orleans E ligature, if you want to call it that. My only quibble would be that the yellow line where it wraps around the light gray line gives more of a "Ramone's Hood pinstripe" feel than a New Orleans feel, but that's being entirely nit-picky. I've never been to Disneyland before, so it may be a misinformed opinion, because if I put myself in a more of a Haunted Mansion frame of mind, it works perfectly. ;-)

    Have you seen this yet? Heard about it on WDW Kingdomcast. I liked the lettering for this would-be WDW competitor. http://www.abandonedfl.com/?p=2879#

    Keep up the great work, it's been quite inspiring to me.

    Dave

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    1. Thanks Dave! I had to redraw the existing Disneyland New Orleans Square logo from a scanned park map. I like to challenge my self as a designer and trying to recreate what other AMAZING Disney designers have done in the past is one way to sharpen my skills. If only there was a site of stock Disneyland/WDW vector graphics. LOL!

      I can totally see how it could be mistaken as a "pinstripe" but it was actually taken from a Mucha painting and redone in illustrator. Whiplash curls and pinstripes look a lot a like but you can trust that the inspiration was indeed derived from Art Nouveau.

      I had never heard of this Little England but am totally interested. The logo is pretty amazing, custom calligraphy from the late 70's and early 80's always looks neat. A lot of roller coaster names at various theme parks used this sort of technique which I enjoy.

      Thanks again for your comments and visiting Designerland.

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  3. Cool, I just wasn't sure if that was your creation or an existing work. I'm a designer as well, so I know that either way it took great patience and time to put it together, so both you and the original artist deserve credit. Can that mark still be found in the park? I meant to write this earlier, but I was impressed with the decision to omit an image of the drink itself. It's the kind of thing that marketing managers almost always don't think will work until they try it. ;-)

    I love playing with type and wish I had more opportunities to do more with it like this. Usually my ideas are much grander than my abilities, though. I'm not an naturally-talented illustrator, but I do what I can. Lately my mind has been running to ways to renovate/refurb stuff like Imagination pavilion and what they could have done with the Lion King wing of AoA resort. I mean, it's so fun and easy to second guess imagineers with no real-world barriers, right? I have worlds of respect for what they do.

    I'm particularly envious that your designs are actually in the park! Have you ever seen Michael Doret's River Country logo? He's one of my idols as a designer. I did a phone interview with him that was supposed to just be a 1/2 hour but turned into over 2 hours. So anyway, keep chipping away at the imagineer thing, you've got a great start and keep doing anything Casey Jones says! Can't wait to see his new Park Starz vinyl. I have an idea for a Bob-along Boat one that would be awesome to see made, even if it was just a mickey template one. Anyway, I'm rambling. Take care!

    Dave

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    1. Yeah the typeset logo is all Disney but the crest/badge and other font work is mine, the inside Bayou illustration was recreated by me which took a bit of fussing to get look right. There are other mint julep shirts out there that take the drink to a cartoon level which I think is cool but I also thought of it as a label from a bottle instead.

      Thanks, yeah it's humbling and surreal to have my design work in the parks. There's a lot more coming up/out so stay tunned.

      I'm familiar with alphabet soup and the work of Michael Doret. He's nailed down the look of 30s and 40s to a T.

      Thanks for the email and by all means, ramble as much as you want, I enjoy talking with other designers and idea men (and women).

      P.S. If you don't think there's already a Bob-a-long boat concept in the wings of designerland, you're mistaken. hahahaha! It's been done for about a month but I'm waiting to release it. I actually have a series of t-shirts of all the boating activities one could do on the Seven Seas Lagoon. I just love the lagoon!!!!

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  4. I love this design. As a matter of fact I love nearly all of your designs. I see pictures on here of people wearing these shirts, but I don't see a link or an option on here to actually buy them myself. Can someone point me in the right direction?

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    1. Thanks! The only shirt I have sold is my tribute to the dole whip shirt, "the tropical pineapple whip tee".

      I'm not selling them anymore, it was a limited run, but who knows, the holidays are coming up, maybe a new limited edition? Stay tuned into the blog for more information.

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    2. So you're just teasing us... Tsk tsk... ;-)

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