Sunday, February 19, 2012

Magic Kingdom Badge Shirt Design

The 40th anniversary of the Magic Kingdom last October was an understated and nostalgic event. One of the big things the park had to offer on October 1st was the variety of limited edition 40th anniversary merchandise. Special pins, purses, shirts, journals, and just about anything else you can imagine could be sold to commemorate the occasion. One thing that really stood out to me was a series of retro-looking badge designs for each of the four parks. These graphics were combined with old park logos and photos to create a pattern that was applied on a variety of merchandise. I thought it would be fun to take a closer look at the Magic Kingdom emblem:

The fireworks and stylized rendering of the castle really capture the magic of the park in the 1970s. I re-designed the badge to make vector-based design, altered the colors and parts of the text, and added a distressed look to make it look good on a shirt.

Surely the Magic Kingdom will continue to be the capitol of vacations for another 40 years! Happy Anniversary, Magic Kingdom!