An Update on Book #3, and a trip to the World

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I’m making steady (if sometimes slow) progress on book #3 of The Imagineering Toolbox series. I still have a few chapters left to write (I think I’m at about 80-85% complete), but have enough done that I plan to do some proofreading and editing on the plane.

Where am I flying to? Well, the Most Magical Place on Earth, of course!

Later this week we’re heading to Walt Disney World!

We’ll be there 6 days (including arrival and departure days), and will be hitting all four parks at least once. I’m hoping that the combination of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opening at the end of the summer and the recent opening of Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure over at Universal will keep the crowd levels down while we’re there. We’ll see.

I plan on doing some research and fact-checking while I’m there (the new book is written from the POV of being inside the Magic Kingdom). I may also try to get some pics of The Imagineering Pyramid and The Imagineering Process in the parks.

 

Take Care!

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Spectrum 2019 Presentations

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Last month I attended STC Rochester’s Spectrum conference. I delivered two sessions, both based on The Imagineering Toolbox:

  • Disneyland Then, Now, and Forever: What Disney Parks Can Teach Us About Technical Communication
  • The Imagineering Toolbox: Using Disney Theme Park Design Principles to Develop and Enhance Your Technical Communication Projects

The first session was a presentation in which I shared an overview of The Imagineering Pyramid and The Imagineering Process with an eyes towards applying them to technical communication.

The second session was a half-day workshop where we looked at specifically how to apply the principles of The Imagineering Pyramid and The Imagineering Process to a specific project.

I enjoyed the conference and met a lot of new folks.

Both of my sessions went really well.

You can find PDF versions of these presentations using the links below:

  • Disneyland Then, Now, and Forever: What Disney Parks Can Teach Us About Technical Communication
  • The Imagineering Toolbox: Using Disney Theme Park Design Principles to Develop and Enhance Your Technical Communication Projects

 

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Heading to Spectrum 2019

As I mentioned in my last post, I will be presenting the STC Rochester Spectrum 2019 conference on Monday and Tuesday.

You can find the conference schedule here.

On Monday I’ll be delivering a presentation and Tuesday I’ll be facilitating a workshop, both about how to apply The Imagineering Pyramid and The Imagineering Process to technical communication.

Not sure how many people who read this work in that field or would be going to that conference, but if that’s you, I look forward to meeting you!

 

Thanks!

Spectrum Conference in March

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I will be attending the Spectrum conference hosted by the Rochester chapter of the Society of Technical Communication in March.

I will be presenting two sessions at the conference, both based on The Imagineering Toolbox.

The first is a presentation entitled “Disneyland Then, Now, and Forever: What Disney Parks Can Teach Us About Technical Communication” which provides an overview of some of the practices, principles, and processes used by Walt Disney Imagineering in the design and construction of Disney parks and attractions, and how those practices, principles, and processes can be applied to technical communication and information development to help us create effective and engaging experiences for our audiences.

The second session is a workshop entitled “The Imagineering Toolbox: Using Disney Theme Park Design Principles to Develop and Enhance Your Technical Communication Projects” which is an interactive session that includes group and team discussions and activities where we apply Imagineering principles, practices, and processes to example projects offered by attendees. Come prepared to participate and share your ideas.

Hope to see some of you there!

Thanks!

InterChange 2018 Presentations

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Last week I attended STC New England’s InterChange conference. As I mentioned in my last post, I delivered two presentations:

I enjoyed the conference, met a lot of new folks, and reconnected with some people I hadn’t seen in quite a while.

Both of my sessions went really well (though I ended up running over time on both). The feedback I received was great overall, and I may have arranged for opportunities to present at future conferences and events.

You can find PDF versions of these presentations using the links below:

 

Thanks!

The Imagineering Toolbox at InterChange 2018

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On Saturday October 27, I will be delivering two presentations at InterChange 2018, a conference organized by the New England chapter of the Society for Technical Communication.

The first presentation is based on The Imagineering Pyramid, and the second based on The Imagineering Process.

Session 1: Imagineering and Technical Communication: A Match Made in Disneyland

Walt Disney Imagineering is the division of The Walt Disney Company responsible for designing and building Disney theme parks—engineering the magic that millions of experience each year at Disneyland, Walt Disney World, and other Disney parks around the world. This presentation explores an “Imagineering Pyramid” of 15 theme park design principles, and how those principles can be applied to technical communication and information development to help us create effective and engaging experiences for our audiences.

Session 2: Designing Your Experience the Walt Disney World Way

From the moment you enter a Disney park—whether it’s at Walt Disney World, Disneyland, or other Disney resorts around the world—you are immersed in an experience specifically designed to transport you to another world. In the words of Walt Disney, “Here you leave today and enter the world of yesterday, tomorrow, and fantasy.” But how does Disney create such incredible experiences? Through a process called Imagineering—”the blending of creative imagination and technical know-how.”

This presentation explores the process Disney’s Imagineers use to design and build Disney parks and attractions, and how technical communicators can apply that same process when designing engaging and effective user experiences for our audiences. This session will also include an interactive workshop where we apply the Imagineering Process to an example experience offered by one of the attendees, so come prepared to participate and share your ideas.

 

I’m looking forward to these sessions as they provide an opportunity to talk about how to apply the ideas in the Imagineering Toolbox to a new field.

 

Thanks!

 

Imagineering Broadway – Recap

A couple of weeks ago I posted a series of Imagineering Broadway posts, based on content that was cut from the final published version of The Imagineering Process. This post recaps the series, and provides links to all eights posts.

Imagineering Broadway looks at the process by which Broadway musicals are conceived, developed, and produced through the lens of the Imagineering Process, and how the stages of the Imagineering Process align with the development of two popular Broadway shows:  Wicked and Hamilton: An American Musical.

The Imagineering Broadway series includes:

Introduction – an introduction to the series

Part Two: Prologue – the Need behind each show, and how each show got its start

Part Three: Blue Sky – where the initial vision for each show was developed

Part Four: Concept Development – where the shows’ creative teams flesh out and develop the shows’ story, characters, songs, and other details

Part Five: Design – where various show designers begin their work of designing the stage and sets, costumes, makeup, sound, lighting, effects, and other aspects of the shows

Part Six: Construction – where all of the pieces of the shows are brought together so they can be staged and the shows can (eventually) open

Part Seven: Models – where we look at how models of different types are used during the development of a musical

Part Eight: Epilogue – when the shows opened for audiences

 

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