A Guide to the Debra Lazarus Records, 1983-1985
Debra Lazarus is an independent artist and a designer, whose early interest and experience in special effects and animation led to a unique position as an “electronic graphic designer” in the Advanced Research and Development (ARD) department at Coleco Industries in 1983. She designed graphics and animation used in video games and educational software for the ColecoVision video game console and the ADAM Family Computer System. She also produced storyboards, game simulation boards and marker renditions for new product presentations. Her position ended in June 1985 when the company decided there was no future in video games and the ARD department was shutdown. Debra continued to design graphics and animation for the Commodore 64 and Apple Computer at various spinoff companies and consulted on a proposed laser tag entertainment facility and amusement park ride.
The Lazarus Records include 3 short videos on a single DVD documenting the Coleco ARD department’s work process for 3 different games for the ColecoVision and ADAM consoles.
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Debra Lazarus Records, 1983-1985, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin.
This collection was processed by Zach Vowell, April 2012.
Subsequent revisions were made by Matthew Cepeda, July 2015.
Subsequent revisions made by Jennifer Allen, August 2016.
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