What an exciting day. I’m thrilled to be included in Photoshop’s 25th Anniversary celebration with Lynda.com. Scott Erickson from the Lynda office flew into Dartmouth amid a crazy snowstorm last month to shoot a mini documentary in my studio as I worked on an original poster celebrating Photoshop.
I was allowed to do whatever I wanted, so decided to take inspiration from cheesy Trapper Keeper binders I saw when I was a kid and create the mighty Laser Horse poster. This is the kind of bullcrap I make when I’m given carte blanche… heads up you big brands. Scott and I got into the nuts and bolts of how I created the image, some tips and tricks along with some of my halfwit design philosophy on creating stuff with an 80’s aesthetic.
So swing over to 25 Years of Photoshop for the big celebration. I’m 1 of 3 mini docs the crew put together on the ‘Insight and Inspiration‘ page. A GIANT thanks to Lynda.com for descending on my small town to include me in such a wonderful event.
HAPPY 25TH BIRTHDAY, PHOTOSHOP!
Here’s some very new territory for the Signalnoise Studio. Today I’m proud to release my very first font. I bit off more than I could chew with this sucker, but managed to push it through. Here it is… Neo-Noire.
I started using custom brush-80s lettering in my work around 3 years ago, and have constantly been getting the “What font is that?” question. Truth is, the font never existed at all. I would create the letters in Illustrator from scratch each time, or re-use letters I already made. So after some time, I decided to develop the font and bring it to you for use in your work.
Before we get to business, a few notes…
- I’m NOT a professional font-maker. This project is a labour of love so I’m sure you’ll find a few blips while using the font. So I ask you to please make use of the comments on this post to leave any feedback or recommendation on improvement. I will listen, and welcome your input.
- Included with purchase are the characters seen above. Uppercase and alternate stroke characters to mix it up. The alternates are simply the lowercase keys.
- If you open the glyphs, you’ll notice some nice plain brushstrokes in there. You can use these to add further diversity to my letters. Give it a shot. It’s fun.
- The ZIP file you purchase also includes an intact Photoshop file, where you can have a look at my layers effects to get the most out of Neo-Noire and add the retro sledgehammer to your work.
- I like to add a slight squeeze to the letters, then angle them like in the samples above. Just a tip.
- Please post your pieces that use my font, and hashtag them #NeoNoire so I can have a look!
So lets get to it! The font is available for purchase at a reasonable $30 Canadian. That gets you the TTF and the PSD. Head on over to the Signalnoise Store now to grab your goodies.
Next week I’ll be posting some tips and tricks on the blog to get even more cool use out of Neo-Noire. I want to help you all build a little toolkit around this little font, so watch for that. Fun stuff on the way.
And finally, thank-you SO MUCH for all of your enthusiasm surrounding Neo-Noire. You have been barking at me for months to get this beast finished, and I appreciate each email, note and tweet leading up to the release. Your excitement has kept me moving and I truly appreciate it.
The StarKade Universe continues to grow, this time we visit one of the best actors out there in some of his seminal roles over the years. I’m proud to announce a new set of colourful prints featuring Mr. Russell… the StarKade: Kurts.
This collection includes 4 colourful prints commemorating some of the awesome characters portrayed by Kurt over the years. This series has an edition of 65 and are measured at 5″ x 5″. There’s also a chance of getting the special chaser print (edition of 15) randomly inserted into sets.
This series is printed on Museo Textured Rag 285 gsm by the fine people at Static Medium, Los Angeles. All prints are lovingly hand-signed and numbered by James White out of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.
Sets of the StarKade: Kurts will be available in the Signalnoise Store on Thursday, January 15 at 12pm EST. Sets are $35 each.
The StarKade Series’ tend to sell out quick, so I’ll keep everyone updated on Twitter as to when and where these prints will be available.
Selecting a favourite album to re-imagine the cover of is a tough decision. Even if our favourite album has a crappy cover, we grow to like that crappy cover because we love the music. So how do you re-design something that you’ve grown to love over a period of time?
Well, this was the entire theme of the ’33 and a Third’ art show opening at Gallery1988 tonight (Friday, December 5). I had to think long and hard on this one, but when I landed on a certain album it seemed like a no-brainer… Nirvana: MTV Unplugged in New York. I’ve loved that album since its release in 1994, and 20 years later it’s still in regular rotation. In light of the art show, the album has a weird loophole. To me, the cover lacks any amount of creativity where MTV just slapped a stage photo into a crumby scribbly box. The double-whammy is that Kurt Cobain once said he never wanted a photo of the band on his covers… way to go, MTV.
So after 20 years, I designed what I would like to see on the cover of a favourite album. Here are the details…
Opening reception: Friday, December 5, 2014
Where: Gallery 1988 (East): 7021 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90038
Size: 12×12, Giclee print
Printed By: Static Medium, Los Angeles
Paper Type: Museo Textured Rag 285 gsm
If the prints don’t sell out tonight, they will be on the Gallery1988 site shortly after. If you are interested, watch my Twitter for details.
Ain’t Nothing Like Me
DRIVE: BBC Rescore
StarKade: Half-Shells 3
Shown above are all the fun wares that will go live on Friday, November 28 at 12pm EST in the Signalnoise Store. We are covering movies, cartoons and video games in one fell swoop. Everything here was printed by the crack team at Static Medium in LA, lovingly signed and numbered by James White and shipped out of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada. Without further banter, lets get into those details…
StarKade: Guardians Pack
This collection includes 5 new colourful prints commemorating some of the characters from the hit movie. This series has an edition of 75 and are measured at 5″ x 5″. There’s also a chance of getting the special “Seedling” print (edition of 20, seen above) randomly inserted into pack. $40 per pack
DRIVE BBC Rescore AP Poster
A rare treat. This DRIVE BBC Re-score poster is a rogue endeavour by Signalnoise, and we did a very limited run of artist proofs. Where this is an unofficial poster, a regular edition run will probably never happen. The poster has an AP edition of only 20 and is measured at 18″ x 24″. $65
StarKade: Half-Shells 3
This series encourages you to “Collect ‘em all”. Each turtle print will be released along side a mystery bad guy. Which bad guy will it be? That evil surprise will be waiting in your mailbox. This little set includes 2 new character prints, both of which have an edition of 30 and are measured at 5″ x 5″. You also have a chance of getting the rare print seen above, randomly inserted into packs. $20 per pack
This special print honours everyones’ favourite Hyrulean adventurer, rocking out on his day off. This print has an edition of 75 and is measured at 5″ x 5″. $15
The Signalnoise series of prints tend to sell out quick. Mark those calendars, and watch Twitter as we approach release time!
When I received an email tip from “Gavin” that the BBC would be offering up a rescored version of DRIVE, I was instantly intrigued. Not only is DRIVE one of my favourite films (to the extent that I designed a poster for it back in 2011), but it offers one of the greatest and most appropriate soundtracks around. The fact that we’ll have an alternate take on the soundscape by BBC’s own Zane Lowe was very interesting.
If we’re going to have a re-imagined soundtrack… I felt it a perfect time to re-imagine my own DRIVE poster in support of the project. A lot has happened since 2011. My focus has shifted, my interests have changed and my skills have continued to evolve as an artist. My 2011 poster is where I was then… this is where I am now. You might notice a similar style here to my Overdrive Series launched a few months back.
The big question will inevitably be “Will this be offered up as a poster?”. And honestly, I don’t know yet. I went rogue on this one so I guess we’ll have to see. But for now, if you have access to the BBC be sure to check out the rescored DRIVE film airing on 30 October at 10pm. Best of luck, Zane!
So here’s the scoop, gang. My good friend Naomi Atkinson over in Newcastle UK is running an Indiegogo campaign to raise money for her WICKED retain store Whosit & Whatsit. Lets get some info on her ambitious project straight from her…
“We’re bringing designers back to the high street with a stunning store created to give them 100% of their profits. Retail as it should be.
As the world becomes increasingly digital, unknown design talent is being hidden away beneath thousands of web pages. W&W is finding these individuals and bringing them into the spotlight to sell their products.
This gives our customers the chance to appreciate amazing craftsmanship in the physical sense, and not just as images on a screen.”
Naomi is creating this amazing space FOR US. How can we not get behind this wonderful idea? Here’s the thing, one of the perks available on the Indiegogo is a Signalnoise ‘Illustrator vs. Photoshop’ workshop which I’ll do remotely OR in person. As you can imagine, I really want to make this happen for Naomi AND for you. Here are more details…
- Remote sign-in available for those not close to Newcastle, UK. Only £85 for the whole day, questions collated throughout and time will be made for them.
- Save money and sign in with your team/colleagues.
- In person, currently only 14 tickets available. Get the full benefit of one-on-one advise/learning.
- Signalnoise has never done anything like this before… learn my techniques, see how I work. Secrets revealed.
- Sunday 1st March 2015. All day.
- Only 3 days left to secure your spot.
- If it gets booked up, I’ll also host an exclusive art show, with limited edition prints at the Whosit & Whatsit space.
As you can well imagine, I’m super excited to do this but we’re going to need your help to make it happen. Zip over to the Whosit & Whatsit Indiegogo page and help Naomi mobilize this amazing concept. Our community needs something like this, and we can all make it happen.
Let’s go Exploring
Don’t Get Technical With Me
Come and Get Your Love
Black, Volcanic Glass
I Have the Power
Not a Gun
O.K. Corral is Just Yonder
Shake and Shiver
The Ultimate Trip
It’s a Long Road
Last Friday was opening of my CELSCAPES art show at the mighty Bottleneck Gallery in Brooklyn, New York. Joe and I have been scheming on this one for the better part of a year and I was thrilled to have my first solo show with such rad people.
So here is the full spread of all 15 original pieces I created for the show, inspired by the beautiful painted backgrounds of cartoons I watched as a kid. Scooby-Doo, Superfriends, Spider-man, Masters of the Universe… if you don’t know what I’m talking about please dig up some old episodes and scope those backgrounds. Wonderful stuff. So for this show, I wanted the background to be brought to the foreground.
All pieces are now available to purchase through the Bottleneck Gallery shop!
MEGA thanks to Bottleneck Gallery for their hard work in making this show possible.