New Signalnoise poster: Liquid Gold 77

Liquid Gold 77 by James White

I’ve been very wrapped up with freelance work lately over the past few weeks, which has left very little time for me to work on my own designs. But I recently had a small window open to follow through with this new piece, entitled Liquid Gold 77. I really wanted to push a metallic style with this one, something I briefly experimented with on the Smashing Magazine poster I created last year. The 77 design actually stemmed from the freelance I am currently working on, but shifted over to the Signalnoise side.

Once again, the inspiration for this comes directly from old network promo animations from the late 70s and early 80s with over the top reflections and flares. Can’t get enough of that stuff.

This poster has already been sent to proof at the print shop, and will be landing in the Signalnoise Store in the coming week.

Inspiration: Robert Hodgin

Robert Hodgin

Robert Hodgin


Robert Hodgin

I’ve been following the work of Robert Hodgin since way back in 2001 when he was known only as Flight404. He was part of the Flash art movement, creating wonderful moving and interactive Flash pieces generated with programming.

He has since moved to other languages, including Processing, and I wanted to showcase a few of his newer excellent Flickr uploads. Here is what he says about the images above:

“What you see are 20,000 particles being pulled by a combination of gravitational forces and orbital forces. Spread throughout are a dozen or so orbital fields which cause the particles to travel in curves throughout the space. All of the fields are placed manually with mouse clicks. Runs in realtime.”

Yep, these pieces were made with 100% code, I’ve always been fascinated and bewildered by his work. If you want to see more of Robert’s work check out his Flickr stream as well as his website, Flight404.

iTunes by Robert Hodgin

PS. You know the super-cool new Visualizer packed with iTunes? Robert made that too :)

CBC Logo evolution

CBC Logo evolution

Here’s one for the Canadians, the evolution of our CBC logo. Even though the version from the 40s – 50s (1.) is dated from that period, it had some interesting use of lightning bolts and typography and is very much rooted in our culture from that period. It would easily reside on a hockey jersey.

The colorful logo from the 60s – 70s (3.) is one I had not seen until recently, used to promote the shift from black and white to color broadcasting. A very interesting departure not unlike the NBC peacock, until it was drastically switched in 1974 to our recognizable and beloved ‘exploding pizza’. We use a simplified version today, but keeps the essence of the original.

1. 1940 – 1958
2. 1958 – 1974
3. 1966 – 1974 (used to promote CBC broadcasting in color)
4. 1974 – 1986
5. 1986 – 1992
6. 1992 – present

You can read up more on the CBC and its history here.

Inspiration: Branislav Kropilak

Branislav Kropilak

Branislav Kropilak

Branislav Kropilak

Branislav Kropilak

I came across a very interesting photograph of a billboard a while back, and was recently kindly reminded by Ffffound to look further into it’s source. Here are some selected photographs by Slovakian photographer Branislav Kropilak.

Branislav’s photographs are wonderfully arranged, looking from unique perspectives at things we might take for granted such as billboards, garages, plane trails and gas pumps. The first image of his that caught my attention was the billboard above (topmost image), which I originally thought was a hallway or something from 2001: A Space Odyssey.

His portfolio is super impressive, check out more of Branislav’s beautiful work on his website.

Live interview on DesignChat: Wrap-up

DesignChat interview with James White

For those who didn’t know, I did a live design discussion via DesignChat last night. Ryan from DesignChat and Mashable set up the video chat and things ran smooth and by the numbers, had a great time answering questions and watching viewers react in the little chat window. This is the first interview of this kind I’ve ever done and had a blast.

During the chat I cited some of my favorite designers and websites as inspirations, but because they flew by so fast, here is a little wrap-up of some websites to check out:

Nopattern: The colorful art of Chuck Anderson
Iso50: The visual work of Scott Hansen Computational and dynamic abstraction
Cole Rise: Brilliant photographer, lovely ambiance
Lucia Holm: Photographic self portrait extraordinaire
Robert Hodgin: Artistic Processing programmer
Roger Dean: Fantastic 1970s psychedelic painter
Laundrymat: Motion company who animated the VH1 campaign

If I forgot any links or artists that caught your interest, do let me know in the comments and I’ll update the list. Thanks again to everyone who tuned in, great time.

Inspiration: Posters by Yusaku Kamekura

Yusaku Kamekura

Yusaku Kamekura

Yusaku Kamekura

Yusaku Kamekura

Having a very busy week of projects so please pardon the slower postings here on the blog. I did however come across these lovely posters by Yusaku Kamekura via GraphicHug this morning. I added the gray borders myself as I felt bad about stretching these pieces.

More exciting stuff to come once I have a few moments to myself :)

Josef Muller-Brockmann Remix

Here is a lovely animated tribute to one of the greatest designers of our time, Josef Müller-Brockmann. Most of my favorite Müller-Brockmann works have been brought to life in this piece, wonderfully mingled with photography and text effects blending one poster into the next.

Great work and well worth a watch.