Pixar: The Design of Story

Lou Romano, Colorscript (four of multiple panels), The Incredibles, 2004.

Lou Romano, Colorscript (four of multiple panels), The Incredibles, 2004.

About Pixar: The Design of Story

On view October 8, 2015 through August 7, 2016

A capsule examination of the collaborative design process behind Pixar Animation Studios. On view in the Process Lab, the installation features original artwork–including rarely seen hand-drawn sketches, paintings, and sculptures from over 25 years of Pixar filmmaking–and creative exercises inspired by the Pixar design process.

Concept art from Toy Story, Wall-E, Brave, The Incredibles, and Cars, among other films reveal how the visual design process and story development work hand in hand at Pixar. From a film’s earliest stages, Pixar designers use the design processes of iteration, collaboration, and research to create appealing characters and believable environments that ultimately contribute to the success of the film’s story.

In addition, over 650 Pixar artworks are on view on the touchscreen tables in the Process Lab and the Great Hall, and are tagged to link the Pixar works to thousands of Cooper Hewitt-related collection objects.

John Lasseter on Cooper Hewitt

“We are so honored to have Pixar’s work recognized by Cooper Hewitt, the nation’s design museum. Design touches every part of our lives, and Cooper Hewitt is doing fantastic work chronicling that influence in creative and inspiring ways. Cooper Hewitt’s pen is expanding the museum experience by sharing surprising connections between objects and providing a way for visitors to keep exploring at home.”— John Lasseter, Chief Creative Officer, Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios

Designing with pixar

Cover of Designing With Pixar activity book

Designing with Pixar: 45 Activities to Create Your Own Characters, Worlds, and Stories encourages artists and fans to explore their own imaginations through Pixar’s characters and scenes. Order now.


Design by Hand DESIGN TALK With Pixar’s JOHN LASSETER