The Best Disney Books for Graphic Design Inspiration

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For those of you that dabble in graphic design, scrapbook, or just like Disney then looking at the art of Disney is always inspirational.

When I am designing a scrapbook kit or page I love to look at some of the Vintage Disney work and use bits of it in my creations.  Let me share with you some of my favorites…

MAGIC, COLOR, FLAIR: The World of Mary Blair

MAGIC, COLOR, FLAIR: The World of Mary BlairOne of the most well know artists from Disney’s past is Mary Blair.   She introduce a modernist style to Walt Disney and his studio, and for nearly 30 years, you saw her work in Disney films and in the theme parks.

Her most famous contributions are It’s a Small World and the mural on the 4th floor of Disney’s Contemporary Resort.   Some of her work is currently on exhibit through September at the Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco.

As part of this exhibit they release MAGIC, COLOR, FLAIR: The World of Mary Blair, a catalog of her work  including her precocious early paintings, concept art from her Disney days, and the wildly wonderful artistic innovations of her later life.

 MAGIC, COLOR, FLAIR: The World of Mary Blair

Designing Disney – Imagineering and the Art of the Show

Designing Disney Book - Imagineering and the Art of the ShowAnother wonderful place to look for inspiration is with the Imagineers themselves.  The concept artwork they create show not only what might be possible in our imaginations.

Designing Disney – Imagineering and the Art of the Show focuses on the extraordinary contributions of the late John Hench, who, at the age of 94, still came into his office at Imagineering each day.

His principles of theme park design, character design, and use of color made him a legendary figure, not only for Disney fans but also for students and aficionados of architecture, engineering, and design.


Designing Disney – Imagineering and the Art of the Show

Tomorrowland by John Hench

Designing Disney – Imagineering and the Art of the Show

Tomorrowland by John Hench

 Poster Art of the Disney Parks 

Poster Art of the Disney Parks Something that always brings back the Magic of the Disney Parks are those vintage posters created for teh guests by Imagineering.  You can see many of them still hanging along the entrance to the Magic Kingdom.

 Poster Art of the Disney Parks is a tribute to those posters that go back to when Disneyland was displaying them in 1956. Not only are they eye-catching pieces of artwork that adorn the Parks with flair and style, they are also displayed to build excitement and disseminate information about the newest additions to the Disney landscape.

Even today they still create these works of art.  In 2012 at Disney California Adventure, a poster announced the grand opening of Cars Land-the newest thrill-filled destination at the Disneyland Resort. Both of those posters are reproduced within this book, along with posters from every decade in between.

Poster Art of the Disney Parks - Tiki Room Poster Art of the Disney Parks - Space Mountain

In addition to books I do want to point out a couple of interesting sites for getting inspiration.

Tom Whalen Illustrations

 Tom Whalen creates posters much in the style of the old Disney Imagineers.  He does not just focus on Disney but when he does it is amazing.  You can find his work on his blog – StongStuff :Tom Whalen Illustration + Design

   Mondo Gallery - Finding Nemo     Tom Walen - The Mad Doctor


I have been following Richard and his blog forever.  He created one of kid tee-shirt designs and delved into the study of font usage in the Disney parks.  Richard has a dream to work for as a Disney Imagineer designing r-shirts.

And he did it!  His Dole Whip shirt got picked up and now he is officially relocating to Disney to fulfill his dream.

I hope he does not take down his blog because DesignerLand is still full of great graphic and font inspiration.

DesignerLand Tiki Room Shirt   DesignerLand Living Seas Case Study

I hope this gave you some inspiration for your next next creation or just gave you a fill of Vintage Disney for the day.

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