Homage to History

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Disney Imaginations is an annual design competition that is meant to find college students who are qualified to be a Walt Disney Imagineer. I joined through the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA@ UCSD) to meet more HCI majors and learn more about the design process.

This year’s challenge was to create an iconic installation in your city or university that would honor the past and be a vision of the future. This exhibit  had to be mindful to honor the environment, history, codes and local ordinances as well.


Image Credit: Myself!

My team and I first started to look up all the historical sites and art exhibits in San Diego city but quickly found ourselves  discouraged by the very generic ‘surf and sun’  theme. This caused us to narrow our scope to UCSD and find the history of our university’s research culture that originated at Scripps Institute of Oceanography (SIO), the first part of UCSD

Our final design became an art exhibit that tells history and current events of SIO through the use of giant lenticular images along the cement sea wall in front of Scripps.

Our project ended up being a semi finalist! Our judges' main critique was the disconnect from our imagery and the concept, which has motivated me to start developing my visual design skills more. Overall this project was very exciting and it inspired me to keep a sense of Disney-esque excitement in my projects.