The piece entitled “There’s A Great, Big, Beautiful Tomorrow” is an exploration of historical visions and predictions of the future. Strongly founded in the optimistic views of the post WWII nuclear era, this report touches on futuristic visions in the media, art and architecture. The title of the piece derives from the theme song of Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress, which was featured at the 1964 New York World’s Fair.
To tie in this extensive report along with a visual layout, I created an eighteen-page booklet that illustrates visual examples while not distracting away from the content. The choice in layout is straight forward and the iconic images that pull together the spreads work confidently with the text. Throughout the book, radiating lines flow from futuristic icons such as The Skylark of Space and the observation towers from the 1964 New York World’s Fair. These radiating lines represent the ideas that spread from our imaginations, striving to reach the impossible.
The overall aesthetic of the book conjures up nostalgic imagery and provides an in depth look into the history of our future. As an individual who is intrigued by history and the capabilities of the human imagination, this book has offered a chance for my research-based design to flourish.
Designer: Michael Dibblee
http://design.yorku.ca/Course Director: Paul Sych
© 2008 Michael Dibblee