Which 20th century pioneer can count Harry Truman, Wernher von Braun, Bugs Bunny and the Portland Cement Association as friends? Walt Disney as it turns out, that's who.
We know this thanks to the folks over at How we get to Next, where Darren Garrett has a superb and handsomely illustrated piece about Walt Disney's vision of a not-so distant future utopia.
Walt Disney was a pioneer throughout his career, looking to the future in both his medium and through the visions his artists created.
Although some of the ideas and imagery may evoke nostalgic whimsy, Disney's methods were througuhly modern and utterly familiar to us today:
As an expert visual storyteller, Disney was perfectly poised to use the medium to achieve maximum impact. He was moving towards his ultimate dream: to build the city of the future, [...] a utopian example of a better way to live for the rest of the world.
It's a fascinating long-read that builds out the historical context surrounding characters and cartoons we all know so well.