If you’ve been reading my Tweets, you already knew something new was coming. Well, here it is! The Art Corner will be posts that feature website artwork, including old site designs, Flash animations, sketches, and things never seen before.
Sometimes the updates will be big, and sometimes they’ll be small. This is a big one, so let’s get started.
We’ll start with one of the more popular site designs: the Tomorrowland theme. It didn’t last very long due to how the color scheme made me feel seasick. There were also a few design features that didn’t work out as well as I had hoped.
With Disneyland’s 50th anniversary still going on strong, I switched to red-yellow-blue scheme that celebrated the park.
Here are two sketches fleshing out the overall design and the Flash-animated menu system. I even toyed with the idea of creating an alien alphabet.
Toying with the menu, I created a second, unpublished version. The new menu had a hidden menu. To reach it, guests would have to first access the security interface and enter an access code. Once there, guests could download a special . . . something.
For the first time, you can interact with the previously unpublished menu. Click on the image to load the Flash movie. In the middle of the orange menu buttons are four empty spaces. Clicking on these spaces will show/hide silver buttons. Play around with them to figure out the right combination that will bring up the security interface.
In the security interface, enter code ‘07.17.55’ to gain access.
One unique fact about this design: it had the most number of animated splash pages. Three in total, to be exact. This one was an attempt to represent the launch tunnel from Disneyland’s relaunched Space Mountain. One person even called me on my choice of music, which is a selected portion from the Buzz Lightyear’s Astro Blasters attraction. I chose it for its spacey, retro feel. Click the launch button to be jettisoned into a swirling quasar.
This one was an abstract design. It did have authentic Space Mountain sounds, though.
Again, the design was switched back to honor Space Mountain’s relaunch. Ships fly by, launch, and dock with the station.
One of the coolest and most favored by guests was the animated site header. I love the retro look, and the rockets shooting past gives it an air of kinetic excitement.