Inspiration: Fortune Magazine covers

Fortune Magazine

Fortune Magazine

Fortune Magazine

Fortune Magazine

Fortune Magazine

I caught some of these Fortune Magazine covers via But Does it Float a few days ago and had see more. Here are a few selected images of some beautifully conceptual work from the 50s and 60s. It’s a shame this amount of hardcore magazine design seems to have fallen by the wayside.

Check out this gallery for the full effect.

Lego photos by Mike Stimpson

Lego photos by Mike Stimpson

Lego photos by Mike Stimpson

Lego photos by Mike Stimpson

Lego photos by Mike Stimpson

I’m a big fan of Lego, and I’m an even bigger fan of people using the toys for creative means. People use Lego to make intricate sculptures and pixel-esque portraits, but Mike Stimpson is raising the bar. A gifted photographer, Mike uses Lego characters and props to build sets for his own work, as well as re-constructing famous scenes and portraits from history.

I selected a few of my favorites for this post, love that Imperial Walker shot in particular, but you can see many more at Mike’s Flickr stream. You can even purchase his prints over at RedBubble.

Jackson 1984

Michael Jackson

I posted this in smaller form in a recent post, but here is a more focused version. Felt it appropriate, a memory of getting this sticker in a box of Corn Flakes back in 1984.

I added the Oreo cookie a short while later.

I had a silver glove when I was 7 years old and wore it everywhere.

Inspiration: Mark Weaver

Mark Weaver

Mark Weaver

Mark Weaver

Mark Weaver

Mark Weaver

Have you seen the Flickr stream of Mark Weaver? If not, I highly recommend checking out his work.

I have seen the topmost image around the web for a while now, but never knew who had created it. I’m not even sure how to describe Mark’s work other then ‘vintage hardcore’. Really liking his use of desaturated palettes and bold typography.

Check out Mark Weaver’s work on Flickr, his Etsy store, as well as his personal site.

Pop painting by Scott King

The Pop by Scott King

Simply love this painting Scott King created for ThePop.com. It seems to have only been used as a holding page for the site, which is a bit of a shame. Beautiful logo rendering, perfect contrast to the natural seascape.

Check out the epic version right here.

VH1 Latin America rebrand

Last year I was contracted by VH1 Latin America to develop some style boards for their upcoming network rebrand. MTV really wanted to push a retro/modern theme using bright colors inspired by those network ids from the 1970s, so I had a great time developing some artwork for them to use throughout the campaign.

The video above is a compilation of all the motion work created by the talented folks at Laundrymat in Los Angeles. The static elements I contributed were really brought to life by these guys, you can see my linework in the beginning and end portions of the video. They even used one of my designs for the background of their website :)

I was also blown away by the other talent VH1 recruited to provide styles and illustration for the campaign. If anyone knows who contributed to this project I’d love to get some links posted to their work.

Pastel Triangles

Pastel Triangles by James White

Here is a new image I was playing with last week, simply entitled Pastel Triangles. This was a little study I created to look at shape overlays using a color palette I’m not overly familiar with. I started with one triangle and proceeded to duplicate it over and over to see how much interest I could get in there.

I’ve been digging the work of Matt W. Moore lately, and his ‘vector funk’ influence is certainly in this piece.

This PSD file will be part of the Signalnoise Source release once the project is ready to roll out.

Inspiration: Chris Foss

Chris Foss

Chris Foss

Chris Foss

Chris Foss

Big thanks to Stratos Agianoglou and the mighty Sci-Fi-O-Rama for bringing the work of Chris Foss to my attention. I had seen his Elite design floating around Ffffound for a little while now but never knew who created it, or when.

Not only is Foss incredibly talented at creating epic space scenes with planets and ships, but the logo design he rendered for the Elite cover is stunning. Check out the posts on Sci-Fi-O-Rama for more by Chris Foss, as well as his official website.