“Forbidden Eye” is a replacement for the old “Mara” font. David has cleaned up the vectors, added punctuation, and greatly improved the kerning (the space between letters). It’s such a vast improvement!
This is one elusive font! Ever since the movie came out, I have received queries about the existence of a Lilo & Stitch font. Luckily, Steve created Buka Bird back in 2009, and has shared a link to all of his font creations. If you follow the link, you will also discover Market Deco, the typeface used in the Disney Experience logo.
I just recieved an interesting email from David Occhino, designer of the Mansion 3.0 & Mansion Cryptbats fonts. He noticed that my death certificate is #1001. If you look in the lower-right corner of the certificate, you’ll see that it is numbered ’0-001-001′. It turns out that each certificate has its own unique number.
For the two folks who have lucky numbers 999 (0-000-999) and 1000 (0-001-000), David is offering a FREE copy of his Mansion 3.0 font! To get the free font set (I just bought mine last night), email David a copy of the PDF certificate. You can contact him through his website, David Occhino Design, and the file must be unaltered. No fakes!
Okay, if you’re not a Disney theme park fan, you probably don’t get the title of this post. It’s a joke about the attractions’ Spanish safety spiel telling guests to “remain seated please.” I’m listening to Windows to Sky’s rendition of the Haunted Mansion/Grim Grinning Ghosts as I write this, and that line is in the audio track. It’s funny because it starts off reciting the mansion’s Spanish spiel, jumps to “cinnamon toast and tacos are on the floor,” and finishes in Spanish again. Great stuff!
That brings me to some late great Haunted Mansion finds. During the Halloween week, I am typically focused on nothing other than Doorless Chambers and decorating the front porch. It’s not until later that I find (or re-discover) Internet goodies. This year, I found all-mansion items.
Ray Keim, over at Haunted Dimensions, has a last-minute mini New Orleans Haunted Mansion paper model. Mini versions of his other models are coming within the next year.
Keith LuBrant has a jazzed-up guitar version of Grim Grinning Ghosts. It’s a must-have mp3.
The Mousetalgia team discusses Hallowen Time at the Disneyland Resort and has an exclusive interview with Kat Cressida, the voice of the black widow bride. Listen to episode #52 now!
David Occhino has updated his Mansion font to version 3.0. It features 18 styles and 4 variants, giving a wide array of chilling visual features to the classic Haunted Mansion typeface! His free Mansion Cryptbats (introduced during his participation in the 2009 Doorless Chambers event) is also available.
David’s Mansion Cryptbats have been popular. Not only have they been used in the creation of Louie Mantia’s “Eerie Eyes” wallpaper, but they’ve been used in the creation of a unique death certificate for DoomBuggies.com. Fill out the simple form, and the website spits back a custom-made Haunted Mansion death certificate PDF.
These two free fonts, designed by David Occhino, are just the tip of the iceburg. David has other Disney and movie-inspired fonts on his website. Among his collection is Kingdom, a far more finished and professional take on the Disneyland® logo. My version, Started By a Mouse, was my very first font, and it pales in comparisson to David’s work. Keep going, David!
On a further note, I’d like to mention an email that I believe merits mentioning. Alex wrote:
“I love the site, and all the Cursors and Icons it has to offer. But it only customizes users computers to a limited level. I found WinCustomize thru one of my friends. It offers a number of applications that completely change the look and feel of a computer. WindowBlinds is amazing because the entire interface changes. It’s like working on your very own operating system as opposed to the default look of windows or mac, where you can pretty much only change the colors.
“My point? I think your site should hook up with someone over at WinCustomize who makes these themes, and knows how to customize them, for a couple of Disney themes. There are a couple already, I found a Tigger one. But a nice default Disney theme, based off the “Dreams” scheme or a red/black/gold Mickey theme, a Pirates or Haunted Mansion theme. The list can go on. I think if the users or visitors on your site know about WinCustomize, or even get introduced to it, would LOVE the idea of a complete Disney theme. It takes computer customizing to the next level, and I believe that’s the focus point of your website.
“Sure the full customization thing is for users who are all about their computer, and are obviously using it to the extent. So all the average users see your site as a goldmine. When advanced users like myself, long for more and hope one day [after some good suggestions], that the site will bring nearly everything computer customization can bring. Along with advanced users, their willing to spend on their computer. I’d have no problem buying one of these Disney themes if I liked it. Just an idea… another way to help funds on the site.”
Thanks for the email Alex.
Alex brings up some good points, but I can only stretch myself so far. Remember: I’m the only one who runs this site. I do all of the Web layouts & graphics, I do most of the wallpapers, I design paper models & produce CDs, I’ve dabbled in fonts, I create fun miscellaneous projects, I design icons & mouse cursors, I Blog, I photograph, I even do a little work for other sites (DoomBuggies.com, TellNoTales.com, Magical Memories) on occasions. And that’s just in my free time. I also do Web graphics & layouts for other sites, I design and create business cards, I digitally retouch/repair photos, I draw & paint, and more. I’d love to do a WindowBlinds skin or two, but at this point, I’m afraid my imagination would get the better of me, and I’d become obsessed. And that wouldn’t bode well for the other projects that I’m working on.
WindowBlinds looks like an amazing program, and it certainly needs mention. I’ve known about the program for quite some time, but I’ve never thought it was necessary to mention it, oddly enough. Well, shame on me! For anyone who wants to REALLY customize their computer, give WindowBlinds a look. To see what some people have designed, check out the wonderful WindowBlinds skins at WinCustomize. Maybe some of you will become inspired to create your own Disney skins and submit them to the Fan Board. Better yet, there could be a WindowBlinds skin section waiting to be added to this site in the future.
The Disney Experience isn’t a one-stop, end-all solution to computer customization. It’s a beginning. And if this site is just the beginning, imagine what can REALLY be done. Be inspired!