The name Mary Blair may not ring a bell, but if you’ve seen Alice in Wonderland, Cinderella or Peter Pan or been to Disney World, then you’re certainly acquainted with her work.
Today, Google honored the late Disney artist’s 100th birthday with a themed homepage doodle. The colorful illustration pays homage to Blair’s signature whimsical yet simple color design that is familiar to Disney fans around the world.
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Blair joined the Disney studio in 1940, where she and her husband created concept art for such films as The Three Caballeros. After she left Disney more than a decade later, her graphic work included major advertising campaigns and illustrations for Simon and Schuster’s Golden Books for children.
Blair left Disney animation in the mid-’50s, but Walt Disney — appreciating her eye for color and design — later hired her to work on such theme-park attractions as It’s a Small World and the Tomorrowland Promenade. In 1991, 13 years after her death, Blair received a “Disney Legend” award.
Today’s doodle honors her eye for bold color and playful kinetic design that has a global recognition which makes our small world feel a little smaller.