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World class theme park.

Teamwork did make the dreamwork as this theme park opened on schedule and under budget.

As parkwide executive art director, Kevin Barbee was charged with ensuring the delivery of creative content of all shows, rides, and attractions. Kevin managed and art directed a diverse team of 30+ designers from design development through installation, directing show set, prop, sign/graphics, music, film/video, and wardrobe design for this US$1.7 billion theme park's initial design and construction.

After opening, Kevin established a culturally diverse, multi-disciplinary design team engaged in graphic, interior, architectural, landscape, wardrobe, show set, special event, lighting and entertainment design, supporting marketing activities, design support for ongoing adaptation of restaurant, retail, and attraction operations, advise and enforce brand and quality management programs.

Universal Studios Japan

Lead creative for US $1.7 billion Universal Studios theme park delivered on-time and under budget.

Theme Park
Osaka, Japan
Universal Studios
Schematic Design
Design Development
Costume & Uniform Design
Sign Design & Environmental Graphics
Owner's Representation
Art Direction On Site
Work performed by team member(s) during employment with Universal Studios
US $1.7 Billion
135 acres
Key Team**
Dave Burkhart, Norm Newberry, Shim Yokoyama, Catherine Jean, Su-Fei Sakamoto, and many many others!
Designs copyright Universal Studios

* Some work shown may be from a team member's prior experience at companies/firms indicated.
** We would love to list everyone. Physics, time and space prevent it. Contact us and we will add you if we can.

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