Breaking the Fourth Wall…Underground

Posted on August 11, 2016

Deep underground, on the edge of San Francisco’s Little Italy and Chinatown, a Speakeasy is coming back to life. Boxcar Theatre’s immersive production The Speakeasy ran for 8 months in ...

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Design Client Handbook: Trust Management

Posted on June 3, 2016

Over the last decade or so, the entertainment design industry has grown into developing countries and new markets at an astounding pace. As more entertainment design work goes overseas, we ...

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You Have Our Permission: Putting A Little Soul into Experience Design

Posted on November 11, 2015

On the lake, a group of grown ups chant “Om” while balancing on stand-up paddleboards. Outside the dining hall, another group is making dream catchers. Nearby, joyful shouts and giggles ...

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There’s a Great, Big, Beautiful Tomorrow – Perhaps

Posted on August 25, 2015

As Walt famously sang alongside the Sherman brothers in 1964, “There’s a great, big, beautiful tomorrow, shining at the end of every day.” This was the theme song for the ...

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The Sound of Theming: Creating the Soundtracks to Visitor Experiences

Posted on July 6, 2015

After a visit to a Disney theme park, chances are that the soundtrack in your head goes something like this: “Yo ho, yo ho…Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah…iiiit’s a Smaall World aafter all.” It’s ...

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Why San Francisco Matters to Themed Entertainment

Posted on May 28, 2015

When it comes to entertainment design on the west coast, Los Angeles is the obvious hub. Decades of talent has lived and flourished there since Disneyland first opened its doors in the ...

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The Next Big Thing Is More “Real” Than We Realize

Posted on February 20, 2015

The entertainment design industry loves to muse about the future. Typically, this means focusing on how technology will continue to enhance visitor experiences: we analyze trends with mobile devices and ...

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Play and Hands-On Fun…In a Hospital?

Posted on February 19, 2015

This month the UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital San Francisco opened to reveal 16 Exploratorium-designed exhibits and interactive experiences throughout the hospital. [caption id="attachment_18777" align="aligncenter" width="560"] Build a sculpture from everyday objects, then ...

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7 Secrets to Becoming a Professional Artist

Posted on February 18, 2015

We’re not going to lie to you — becoming a professional illustrator in the entertainment industry is not easy. We sat down with concept artist Marc Gabbana, whose credits include ...

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Shining a Light on Dark Rides

Posted on February 9, 2015

It starts with a height test. If you can’t pass it, you’re forced to slink away as others glide gleefully past. When you’re finally tall enough, you walk proudly past ...

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