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The Woman Behind the Disney Signs Dies at 83

The Woman Behind the Disney Signs Dies at 83

For many of us Disney World fans, the sight of the Walt Disney World signage signifies that "You've finally made it home".  Who can mistake those purple, yellow and red signs that litter the Disney World grounds?  The lady behind those benchmarks of our Disney memories, Deborah Sussman, has passed away at 83.

Deborah was known for her bold use of color and was a perfect fit to splash a little magic into the lives of Disney World guests.

She established her own graphic design practice in 1968 in Venice California and went on to create many highly acclaimed and even controversial designs. Most notably, her 1984 Summer Olympic graphics

The 1984 Olympics taught Deborah how to flourish in outdoor areas, which would set the stage for her grand entrance into the world of Disney. She then became famous, to Disney fans, for her graphic work for the traffic systems at Disney World and Disneyland Paris.

Her designs have been enjoyed by millions of Disney guests every year and continue to aid in making memories for all that visit the parks.

 She is survived by her husband and sister Janet Sussman Gartner.

 Below are more wonderful designs from Deborah Sussman (images from DesignBoom.com)