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The Design Behind Pixar

Over the weekend I went to NYC to visit some art museums. I was told about the Cooper Hewitt Museum which looking it up seemed to be something I was interested in. When I walked in I found the exhibit, “Pixar: The Design of Story.” I was instantly fascinated because I had always loved the movies that Pixar created and could feel my inner child wanting to poke around at what it was all about when I walked into the room.

In there was a multitude of concept art behind the making of different movies such as Brave, Wall-E, UP, The Incredibles, Inside Out, and Toy Story. Looking at all of what went into these movies was the best part because not only did I love these movies when I was younger, as a designer I can now relate to how much work went behind it.


Concept art from Inside Out


  1. nvenable wrote:

    PiXAR is the best and Inside Out was amazing. My dream was to become an animator and work for Walt Disney when I was younger. Seeing how animation has come so far is really spectacular.

    Monday, October 26, 2015 at 1:51 pm | Permalink
  2. sstjohn3 wrote:

    I really like this word “simplexity”. I think it’s something that designers can take into consideration. Being able to start with the simple shapes, simple typography and simple concepts and then build it up into something more complex really gives your design a foundation. This foundation could make your design or animation a lot stronger just by building up from simple concepts.

    Wednesday, October 28, 2015 at 9:41 am | Permalink
  3. Skye wrote:

    Animation is not only for children but definitely also for adults. Those charters look simple but it took a long time to design them as the way they are now. Pixar is one of the best animation making company, it would be interesting to see how they produce animation.

    Friday, November 13, 2015 at 10:59 am | Permalink