Has the “Word of Tomorrow” become a thing of the past?
Earlier this month, ExpoMuseum.com’s Urso Chappell had the opportunity to talk with Time Magazine on the occasion of the 50th and 75th anniversaries of the 1964-1965 and 1939-1940 New York World’s Fairs.
Philadelphia’s 1876 Centennial Exposition as it looked in February 2014. Shown here is the former Art Gallery (now Memorial Hall, which is home to the Please Touch Museum) and the Ohio Pavilion (now the Ohio House Restaurant).
Expo 2015 has unveiled it’s mascots for the world’s fair in Milan. They don’t have names yet. They’re asking for input from the public. Presumably, the characters will be more full developed with different personalities and will combine to make one big mega-mascot.
I’m not sure if these characters will really appeal to kids, however. For me, they recall the characters from Epcot’s now-defunct Food Rocks attraction which never seemed very appealing. I mean, who wants to eat anthropomorphic food? But, then again, folks DID like the California Raisins.
Exciting news! The winning bid for Expo2020 was announced today — and it goes to Dubai! So proud and excited to have contributed to this successful bid with my Thinkwell team. Learn more at: http://tinyurl.com/thinkwelldubaiexpo (at Thinkwell Group)
We’ve added a new page to ExpoMuseum.com about the intersection between world’s fairs and Walt Disney. It’s a work in progress as we still need to find out more information whether Walt Disney visited 1935 Brussels, 1935 San Diego, 1937 Paris, or 1958 Brussels. At least two or three of those seem likely.
Also, I’ve heard that both 1984 New Orleans’ Seymour D. Fair and 1988 Brisbane’s Expo Ernie were designed by Disney animators. I haven’t been able to confirm either of those.
Walt Disney was responsible for helping create exhibits for four pavilions at the 1964-1965 New York World’s Fair: the General Electric Progressland Pavilion, the Pepsi/UNICEP “it’s a small world” Pavilion, the State of Illinois Pavilion, and the Ford Motor Company Pavilion.
So far, Expo 2015’s confirmed participants represent 86% of the world’s population. I put this map together tonight to show the countries that haven’t confirmed yet. The ones with percentages are countries who represent more than 0.5% of the world’s population:
- United States, 4.46% - Philippines, 1.38% - United Kingdom, 0.89% - South Africa, 0.75% - Ukraine, 0.64% - Poland, 0.54% - Canada, 0.50%
Expo 2015 opens in 652 days. I hope we don’t have a repeat of Expo 2010’s United States Pavilion, which was put together at the last minute… or worse, a repeat of Expo 2000’s United States Pavilion which was canceled.
We need to find a way to do this better here in the United States. We need an ongoing organization dedicated specifically to fund and authorize our participation in world’s fairs.
We’re working on a little graphic design project this week. It would seem pretty simple: a map of the world showing the locations of world’s fairs from 1851 to 2017.
It’s never that simple, though. It’s hard to say what qualifies as a “world's fair,” particularly in the 19th Century. I'm pondering breaking it down into a series of maps representing different eras. That would also have the effect of emphasizing the lack of world's fairs in North America since 1986.
It’s interesting to think that, in November, we’ll be able to definitively add the location of Expo 2020 and that it will likely be in one of the big empty areas on the map!
Once completed, I plan on making this available as a poster (or as multiple posters) available for sale.
I was rather fond of the existing Expo 2017 bid logo, but apparently there are plans to use a different logo for the world’s fair itself. They’ve narrowed down the designs to seven. They’re asking folks to vote.
My personal favorite is the fifth one, a stylized “A.”
The first one, to me, is a little too “on the nose” for an energy theme and seems to limit the theme to a narrower definition of “energy.”
The second and fourth ones are pleasant, but I could see both used for lots of uses. They seems very generic. Is it a world’s fair? A software company? A shipping company?
The third one is just too obvious and relies too much on an overdone typographic trick.
The sixth one is a bit too simple for my tastes… and also looks very much like Aichi, Japan’s Expo 2005 logo.
The seventh one is nice, too, but again, I think it seems to narrow the theme too much a specific definition of “energy.” It would make an excellent solar power company logo, however.