John Hench has come to be known as the "guru of Disney design," a title he more than earned during his sixty-year (and counting) career with The Walt Disney Company. His remarkable and unequaled wealth of experience spans from the earliest Disney animated features to the newest theme park attractions. Show, story, character, and color are all key elements in a successful design, whether the medium is architecture, animation, live-action film, theme parks, stage plays, costumes, restaurants, or shops. In Designing Disney, John takes a look at them all, illustrating and explaining what makes a design successful, and why. In this personal journey, John reveals the lessons he has learned working side by side with Walt and with a legion of legendary Disney designers, past and present. His stories and anecdotes are filled with insight and thoughtful observations. Illustrated with more than 200 sketches, paintings, and photographs from the vaults of Walt Disney Imagineering -- many never published before -- Designing Disney is an entertaining and informative behind-the-scenes look at the fascinating world of design.
About the Author
The late John Hench, a true Disney legend, came into his office at Imagineering each day, well into his ninety-fifth year. Although he passed away in 2004, his legacy continues to play an integral role in the design of Disney theme parks and attractions-just as he himself did more than fifty years ago when Walt enlisted him as one of his closest colleagues and confidants.
Table of Contents
|The Art of the Show||1|
|The Art of Visual Storytelling||67|
|The Art of Character||81|
|The Art of Color||103|
|Afterword: Mickey and Me||137|