Inspiration: Andy Gilmore

Andy Gilmour

I stumbled upon the Flickr stream of Andy Gilmore quite some time ago, and it is apparent that is creative drive is unstoppable. Andy is an incredibly skilled and meticulous illustrator, but what hooked me was his vastly different geometric experiments in shape and color. His stream shows a very mature understanding of two kinds of art on completely opposite ends of the spectrum.

His work seems to be a stream of consciousness, rather then a mere portfolio.

Andy’s Flickr stream will not disappoint, nor will his personal website.

Inspiration: Saul Bass

Saul Bass

The mighty Saul Bass (1920 – 1996) has done it all, and he’s done it well. Posters, logos, movie title sequences, animation, Bass has proven himself time and time again through design innovation and extreme versatility. One of the greatest designers to ever live.

Here is a massive list of his design credits, a small flash site outlining his work, and a gallery of some of his print works.

Back from Paris

Signalnoise Paris James White

Signalnoise Paris James White

Paris is a wonderful city. If I had the choice and it was in the cards, I would be moving there tomorrow without question. Being surrounded by so much culture and history is something I have never felt before, and that historical aesthetic seems to have leaked into every corner of the city’s design. The attention to detail in Paris’s architecture left my mouth agape. Where North American buildings seem to be built for the most part on blocks, in Paris every edge seems to be flourished with a carved leaf, smiling face, or floral arrangement.

Being my first time in Paris, in six days I did all kinds of the typical tourist stuff. Eiffel Tower, Louvre, Versailles, Musée de l’Armée, Musée d’Orsay, Arc de triomphe, Rodin Museum and a LOT of walking around the city taking in the sights and sounds, which let me take shots of some inspiring design bits (some seen in the shots above). I only wish I had more time to take in more of the current local art scene.

Seeing so much wonderful art (de Vinci, Michelangelo, Rodin to name a few) really rekindled my love of art made by hand. These guys didn’t have Photoshop or 3D Max to make their lives easier yet they created works of art that have been leaving people in awe for hundreds of years. Amazing.

Great city you Parisians have. I’ll hopefully be back.

On that note, any orders I received during last week or early this week (May 19 to May 27) will be shipped out later this week do to my absence. Thanks so much for the understanding.

Off to Paris

Off to Paris

From May 19th to May 26th I will be in Paris to do a bit of vacationing. I’m looking forward to the sights and sounds of a city I have never been to, especially a place as significant as Paris. Going to hit the Louvre, the Tower and a lot of wandering about doing tourist stuff. In terms of age, Halifax is a baby compared to cities in Europe and I’m very much looking forward to seeing such an historic place.

This being the case, I will not get the opportunity to update the blog until I return home to Halifax. Also, anyone ordering from the Signalnoise Store today or next week will see a slight delay in their deliveries. Sorry for the inconvenience, but I simply won’t be here to pack up posters :)

So have fun, everyone. I’ll see you when I return.

Inspiration: Network Osaka

Network Osaka

Beautifully crafted posters by New York design student D Kim, or known by his Flickr moniker as Network Osaka. Great sense of typography and balance with a very hardcore Swiss design sensibility. I love seeing design motifs from our past mixed with the new tools and styles from modern day, and Network Osaka accomplishes this in stride.

Inspiration: Gianluca Fallone

Gianluca Fallone

Wonderful illustration works by Argentinian artist Gianluca Fallone. I came across his work a little while back (via Ffffound) and finally tracked down his links. His Daft Punk piece is stellar.

Check out his website and Flickr stream for more of his inspired artwork.

New proof and updates

Solid Gold Bomb proof

I received the proof for Solid Gold Bomb last week (pictured above) which means it will be added to the Signalnoise Store when the entire print run is delivered. I will also be restocking a few of the sold out posters.

Just a few updates on what has been going on, as I haven’t had the chance recently to write as much on my blog as I would have liked. I received word from the people over at Atari regarding the sale of my Atari print, and it looks like I can’t get the permission I need to add it to the store. However, I will be altering the print a bit in the near future and offering a slightly modified version.

I still have my fingers crossed as I wait to hear from the Daft Punk camp.

I’ve been working on some great projects over the past little while, which I will post more about when I am able. I designed two sets of freestyle skis for Armada, and am working with two different electro groups from Australia and France respectively. More to come on all of these.

As for my own personal art, I’ve been experimenting with pattern and repetition overlays to see how they affect my shape assets. The results have been interesting as I try to cram more detail into my work, but this all makes for some huge file saves. I will post some images on this very soon.

Inspiration: Philip Suffren

Philip Suffren

Two striking poster designs by Philip Suffren came across the Ffffound stream today. Lovely simple aesthetics with loads of texture and unconventional type treatment. I’m not sure what style these fit, could be propaganda posters from 1950s science fiction. Wonderful stuff.