Designing Disney: Imagineering and the Art of the Show

Designing Disney: Imagineering and the Art of the Show




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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786854066
Publisher: Disney Editions
Publication date: 10/01/2003
Series: A Walt Disney Imagineering Book Series
Pages: 160
Product dimensions: 9.37(w) x 11.12(h) x 0.62(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

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 Show1
The Art of Visual Storytelling67
The Art of Character81
The Art of Color103
Afterword: Mickey and Me137

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