Art Director, Illustrator, Designer, and Creative Lead
Cars: Daredevil Garage
Lead design, art direction, storyboards, UI/UX, and creative direction for Pixar’s Cars: Daredevil Garage App
Tillywig Toy and Media Award Winner 2015
From iTunes: Join Lightning McQueen, Mater and all of your favorite Cars characters as you power through virtual worlds of heart-racing stunts with over 160 cars in the new Cars Daredevil Garage app!
Crank up the speed through 9 different tracks that take crazy twists and turns through the beach and the backyard!
Boost your speed and stunt your cars as you take on twisted loops, jumps, turns and more!
Grow your garage by scanning over 160 actual physical Mattel die-cast cars to stunt with in the app!
iTunes screenshots showcasing gameplay and technology to scan your physical diecast car to play with in the game
(Graphic Design, Art Direction: Michaelangelo Rocco)
Gameplay storyboards for a pitch to Pixar’s Cars franchise directors
Cars Daredevil Garage App - Disney
Inside Out Storybook Deluxe
Lead design, art direction, storyboards, UI/UX, and creative direction for Pixar’s Inside Out Storybook Deluxe
Children’s Technology Review: Top 100 Apps & Video Games of 2015
Tillywig Brainchild Award
Editor’s Favorite Badge by Appysmarts.com
From iTunes: Let your Emotions run wild as you journey through the Storybook Deluxe retelling of Disney•Pixar’s original feature film, INSIDE OUT!
Interact with the five Emotions—Joy, Sadness, Disgust, Fear, and Anger—to discover how they see the world!
Create your own memory spheres with your own pictures, videos, voice, colors, effects, and sounds. Save and share with your friends and family!
Create hilarious dreams in Dream Productions—using animals, astronauts, dentists, and more!
The app consists of a storybook based on the film, Memory Spheres (a digital media scrapbook), and Dream Productions (a visual, Mad Libs-style game).
UI Design: Michaelangelo Rocco, Final Art: Michaelangelo Rocco, Scott Tilley, Marissa Bernstel, Jerrod Maruyama, and Viv Wu
Creative direction and storyboards (left) with final production art (right)
Concept Storyboards: Michaelangelo Rocco, Final Art: Michaelangelo Rocco, Scott Tilley, Marissa Bernstel, Jerrod Maruyama
App flow and wireframes: Michaelangelo Rocco
Inside Out Storybook Deluxe App - Disney & Pixar
Big Hero 6: Baymax Blast
Lead design, art direction, storyboards, UI/UX, creative direction and gameplay for Big Hero 6: Baymax Blast, a lane runner game and movie storybook
From iTunes: Blast off with the crew from the ACADEMY AWARD™ WINNING BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM: Big Hero 6!
Experience the thrilling story of Big Hero 6 as you soar through the streets of San Fransokyo! Collect story pages and clips from the feature film, unlock character bios and exclusive background information, and snatch back trails of stolen microbots! Upgrade your tech and explore with new characters, then hang out in the lab with your favorite heroes and their huggable healthcare companion.
iTunes screenshots showcasing gameplay, character files, and story pages (Design, Art Direction, and Concept: Michaelangelo Rocco, CG Character Art: Disney Animation Studios Story, Illustrations: Disney Storybook Art Team)
Character files as part of the in-game achievement system creating back-stories for the characters (Design and Art Direction: Michaelangelo Rocco, Story and Concept: Kal-El Bogdanove)
Big Hero 6 Baymax Blast Gameplay
The Good Dinosaur Little Golden Book
Illustrator for The Good Dinosaur Little Golden Book, published by Disney, Pixar, and Random House October 13, 2015
Written by Bill Scollon
#1 Best Seller in Children’s Dinosaur Books on Amazon (February 2016)
Lead art direction and UI/UX design for version 2.0 update
Featured app in iTunes in the Entertainment category after version 2.0 update (August 2016)
Rating: 4.5 - 205 reviews in iTunes
From Disney.com: Marvel Super Hero Mashers are an action figure line rooted in customization and fluidity and so is this interactive and immersive app! Mashing up the characters to control their look, creating Super Hero Billboards to influence the environment. Easy to customize your characters and environments, smoothly moving between mashing and smashing.
Mix Lab 2.0 revised for a more streamlined user experience
iTunes screenshots showcasing gameplay features (Design and Art Direction: Michaelangelo Rocco)
Prior to the version 2.0 update, new heroes were hard to find and multiple calls-to-action confused some players
New UI designs were explored
Version 2.0 includes a variation on this layout
Mix + Smash Marvel Super Hero Mashers Gameplay
Muppet Labs Muppet-O-Matic
CONNECTED ATTRACTION | RESPONSIVE WEBSITE Creative concept and art direction for Disney’s Muppet-O-Matic, an avatar builder where guests create Muppets and see them as part of the Muppet*Vision 3D attraction at Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Muppet-O-Matic UI design
Integration of digital assets with the show set design at the Muppet*Vision 3D attraction at Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Movie marquee and framed memorabilia integrated with digital assets
Creative concept, art direction and design for the Muppets personalized experience in-park
Creative concept pitch and illustration for a Muppets spoof of The Absented-minded Professor
Graphic design and art direction of final poster (Managed additional designers: Amy Weitzman, Hooky Interactive, Writer:Jim Lewis)
"it's a small world" doll builder
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Creative concept and art direction for Disney’s “it’s a small world” doll designer, an avatar builder where Guests create dolls and see them in the attraction at Magic Kingdom theme park
Managed Doll Illustrators: Jeff Shelly Geoff Shaw
UI design and doll samples from over 250+ authentic doll costumes (Art direction: Michaelangelo Rocco, Illustration: Jeff Shelly)
Irish doll illustration and photo reference from the Imagineering archives (Art direction: Michaelangelo Rocco, Illustration: Jeff Shelly)
Art direction and design for in-park postcards. Your personalized dolls wave goodbye to you at the end of the attraction.
New Interactive Ending on "it's a small world"
See the personalized experience in-park with this video from MickeyUpdates.com
Disney Karaoke: Frozen
Lead design, art direction, and UX/UI for Disney Karaoke: Frozen (iOS and Android)
#1 app on iTunes in 24 countries! (May 2014)
Tabby Award Winner (2015) iPad - Music & Video Category
From iTunes: Featuring music and film clips from the movie, the “Disney Karaoke: Frozen” app allows you to sing along with your favorite Frozen songs, record your voice with the original instrumental tracks, create a gallery of your performances, and share your recordings with others!
Family Guy Comic Books
Family Guy comic book illustration including pitching ideas in partnership with Family Guy’s writers and art directors visualizing the story, design, staging, composition, and perspective
Sample pages from Family Guy Book 3: Books Don't Taste Very Good, written by Matt Fleckenstein, illustrated by Michaelangelo Rocco, and colored by Devil's Due