Designing Disney: Imagineering and the Art of the Show



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Designing Disney sets into history and puts into context 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 reveals the magic behind John's great discoveries and documents his groundbreaking in several key areas: "Design Philosophy" examines the values, attitudes, aesthetics, and logic that went into the original concepts for Disney theme parks. In "The Art of the Show" and "The Art of Color," Hench reveals the essence of what makes the parks work so well. And in "The Art of Character," he lets the reader in on the how and why of the Disney characters' inherent popularity -- their timeless human traits, archetypal shape and gestures that suggest these qualities graphically, and their emotional resonance in our lives.

John Hench began his career with Disney in 1939, worked in animated and live-action films, then transferred to theme park design. Foreword by Martin A. Sklar.


John Hench

Condition & Attributes

Near Fine in Near Fine dustjacket (lower corners very lightly bumped, light shelfwear to dustjacket)



Publishing Information

New York

Physical Description

11 inches
9.25 inches
viii, 152 pages
over 200 color and black & white illustrations