Little FITC update

FITC Toronto

It had been my original intention to update the blog on a day-by-day basis as I whipped around the FITC Toronto events, but I discovered quickly that my downtime was going to be very small. I had minutes between events, meals and parties so the time spent on the web was just enough to make quick Twitter blasts every so often. If only I had an iPhone to be better connected, everyone else seems to have one :)

This being the case, I’ll be posting a big sum-up once I get home on all of the awesome stories and fantastic people I met along the way. A huge pleasure meeting all of you.

I’m currently in the hotel lobby waiting to check-out, so more to come once I’m back in Halifax. Thanks for everything, Toronto!

Off to FITC Toronto

FITC Toronto

After a few months of anticipation, my pal Chris Toms and I will be departing from Halifax to Toronto tomorrow morning to attend the FITC festival from April 25th to April 28th. We will be staying in the heart of things at the Hilton.

So, from here on out I will be taking the blog and Twitter mobile and will be updating from the road as we wander about the presentations and parties with like-minded creatives. I’m unable to bring any posters, but will be armed with Signalnoise bookmarks for anyone who would like one. Just flag me down :)

Hope to see you there!

Sidenote: The above FITC graphic is an altered version of a logo on this page :)

Red Reflection 3: Before and After

Red Reflection: After

Red Reflection: Before

Here is yet another image from the Red Reflection project I recently completed. With this sequence, I was supplied with four straight photos of the model and I was to add all of the textures, splashes, lighting and effects. I had a great time working on this image with the multiple angles and zooms.

Shown above are before and after shots, click them to see a larger version of both.

Red Reflection: Before and After

Red Reflection

Red Reflection

Here is another photo composition for the Red Reflection project. I was supplied with the sraight photo of the lady on a white background and added all of the additional textures, lighting and effects.

Check out the before and after shot above to see how many addtional elements were added.

Network poster giveaway!

Network poster Giveaway: Signalnoise.com

My Network poster will soon be added to the Signalnoise Store, but I wanted to do a pre-release giveaway before making it available for purchase. So, here is your chance to win the first copy of Network at 18″ x 24″ on semi-gloss poster stock.

To enter, all you have to do is comment on this post and be sure to include your email address so I can contact the winner. Additionally, drop one or two links in there to websites you follow for art and design-related inspiration. I like discovering new art-culture websites, and this would be a good time to spread the word to others. The winner will be picked via a random number generator I built. No foolin’ :)

I am off to FITC Toronto on Friday so I will leave this contest open until I return on Wednesday, April 29th. Only one comment per person please, multiple comments will be omitted. Good luck!

Inspiration: Jenny Holzer

Jenny Holzer

Jenny Holzer

Jenny Holzer

Jenny Holzer

Jenny Holzer

Here are some beautiful shots from Jenny Holzer’s 2008 installation entitled Electronic Signs. Wonderful use of LED signs, typography and colors. The text used in this installation is drawn from declassified government documents as well as her own writings from 1977 to 2001.

Via Fubiz.

Inspiration: Iron Maiden, Pt. 1

Iron Maiden

Iron Maiden

Iron Maiden

Iron Maiden

Iron Maiden

This inspirational post might be subjective considering musical taste, but being a metalhead here is a part of music history and identity design that simply cannot be ignored, the mighty Iron Maiden.

Maiden is a band that I only discovered for myself within recent years, but their part in metal history has been substantial and undeniable. In 1983, after releasing their self-titled album, Killers and Number of the Beast, Iron Maiden claimed the global metal thrown after going platinum in the US with the release of Piece of Mind. Only to follow with the epic Powerslave. I was 7 years old when Powerslave was released, so I was too wrapped up in toys and cartoons to notice when metal was the top selling genre on the planet.

Other then killer riffs, over the top solos and operatic vocals, Iron Maiden has another strength on their side which was the artwork of Derek Riggs. Riggs supplied Maiden with album artwork throughout the 1980s and into the 90s, and created Maiden’s noteable mascot Eddie. Riggs’ instantly recognizable artwork played a big part in placing Maiden at the top of the metal heap, and spawned a number of other bands attempting to create their own style and mascot based on Maiden’s idea.

Check out Derek Riggs’ website for more of his work.

Inspiration: Gav Strange aka JamFactory

Gav Strange: JamFactory

Gav Strange: JamFactory

Gav Strange: JamFactory

Gav Strange: JamFactory

Gav Strange: JamFactory

Gav Strange: JamFactory

Here we have the work of Bristol-based designer Gav Strange who works under the moniker JamFactory. I first came across Gav’s work on Flickr almost a year ago, and then discovered his 8-page spread in Computer Arts Projects late last year where he spoke about his experience in the toy industry. I’ve since seen his work and advice appear in about 800 other creative magazines :)

I really enjoy the pure fun that is captured in Gav’s designs. He’s obviously a guy who enjoys what he does outside of biking and skateboarding, and who can blame him considering he’s the senior online designer at Aardman Animations in the UK. His illustrations are always bright and colorful, full of bubbly and happy characters and logo design totally suited for rocking on a t-shirt or skate deck. A diverse artist, Gav also creates art by hand as seen on the board above, and lets not forget his awesome Droplet toy series.

As if all that wasn’t enough, Gav is also involved in the UK-based creative collective Xynthetic, focusing on exhibitions, screen prints, videos and boards.

Wicked and talented guy that he is, you can check out his website at JamFactory, his Flickr stream as well as follow him on Twitter.