In animated movies, hundreds, sometimes thousands, of pieces of illustrative and typographic design are generated to create a believable and rich world. The graphic designers’ main role is to support and advance the storytelling, while adding beauty, humor, texture, and a sense of time and place. Collectively, designers Laura Meyer, Paul Conrad, and Craig Foster have contributed to just about every Pixar feature film, short, and ancillary project. In this talk, they’ll share design work, discuss their process, and show what it takes to bring a film world to life through graphics.
Paul Conrad started at Pixar in 2007, serving as Graphic Designer on Up, Coco, Incredibles 2, and most recently as the Graphics Art Director on Onward. Prior to Pixar, Conrad worked as a graphic designer for apparel and for Walt Disney World parks. He currently resides in Walnut Creek, CA.
Craig Foster has designed graphics for feature films including The Incredibles, Wall•E, Inside Out, and Coco since joining Pixar in 2004. He most recently served as Graphics Art Director for Toy Story 4. In 2019, Foster was inducted to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in the Designers Branch. He holds a BFA from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, and resides in the wilds of Fairfax, CA., with his wife, Adrienne.
Laura Meyer has designed graphics for feature-length and short films since joining Pixar in 2008. She has produced title graphics and end credits for almost every recent Pixar project, most recently serving as Graphic and Title Designer for Soul, which releases November 20, 2020. She holds a BFA from Academy of Art and lives in Windsor, CA., with her husband and dogs, Max and Jasper.
Pixar Animation Studios, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is an Academy Award®-winning film studio with world-renowned technical, creative and production capabilities in the art of computer animation. The Northern California studio has created some of the most successful and beloved animated films of all time, including Toy Story, Monsters, Inc., Cars, The Incredibles, Ratatouille, WALL•E, Up, Toy Story 3, Brave, Inside Out, and Coco. Its movies have won 37 Academy Awards® and have grossed more than $14 billion at the worldwide box office. Soul, Pixar's 23rd feature, opens in theaters on November 20, 2020.
Pixar's objective is to combine groundbreaking technology and world-class creative talent to develop computer-animated feature films with memorable characters and heartwarming stories that appeal to audiences of all ages.