Signalnoise Broadcast no. 2

For those who were unable to tune in live, here is the recorded version of the Signalnoise Broadcast no. 2. This time around I had a better microphone (thanks to Rock Band), and my good pal Chris Toms did the job of vetting questions so I didn’t miss any of the chat box action. Thanks Chris!

Once again, the session was lots of fun and we covered topics such as inspirations, exposure, advice, specific client works and lots of other things. Chris tells me I had a posse of about 80 people at any one time and a total of 400 people who tuned in. Big thanks to everyone who dropped by and made with the questions, you’re all awesome.

Inspiration: The art of Sam Green

Sam Green

Sam Green

Sam Green

Sam Green

Sam Green

Sam Green

Simply blown away by the stellar illustration skills of Sam Green. Speechless.

Signalnoise Broadcast 2: Oct 15, 8pm EST

Signalnoise Broadcast 2

The first Signalnoise Broadcast was lots of fun, giving me the opportunity to chat with about 150 viewers at once via video chat. We talked about industry stuff, design advice, process oriented topics, all of the things I enjoy chatting about. The questions and topics presented by you guys were great and it was lots of fun, just look at the family in the above graphic :)

So, lets do it again. I will be holding Signalnoise Broadcast 2 tomorrow evening, October 15th at 8pm EST. You can tune in via the broadcast link when the broadcast goes live, so prepare any questions or topics you might have in mind. You can also leave some questions commented on this post if you are unable to tune in as I will be posting the recorded version Friday morning.

Thanks everyone, see you all then!

Dark Inspiration #2: Kris Verwimp

Kris Verwimp

Kris Verwimp

Kris Verwimp

Kris Verwimp

Kris Verwimp

Kris Verwimp

Halloween draws closer and here is the second installment of the Dark Inspiration series, this time coming from Belgian artist Kris Verwimp. Back in the 1990s, Kris cut his teeth painting powerful covers for the black metal scene in Europe, developing heavy atmospheric scenes which perfectly captured the essence of the genre. I had seen Kris’ work before as I explored black metal, but it wasn’t until the most recent issue of Juxtapoz (issue 105) that he was brought to my full attention. Here is the very suitable introduction to the interview:

“What is this work? The cover in its tight, crude brilliance envelopes me in a horrific cloak, that sort of dark landscape that provokes the heart to pump faster. Damn, it’s another masterpiece by Belgian artist Kris Verwimp, who seems to continually compose the ideal scenarios for this genre of powerful music.”

You can see more of Kris’ amazing work on his Myspace.

Inspiration: Joe Van Wetering

Joe Van Wetering

Joe Van Wetering

Joe Van Wetering

Joe Van Wetering

Here are a few of the colorful artworks of Joe Van Wetering, a Chicago-based artist currently working for the mighty Threadless. I had noticed Joe’s work sporadically online for the past while, and finally came across him on Flickr last week. I really enjoy Joe’s use of concentric vector shapes and wild palettes, quite suited for the shirt style he produces.

Check out Joe’s Flickr stream as well as his personal website for more.

Iron Man, Stark Disassembled covers

Iron Man: Stark Disassembled

Iron Man: Stark Disassembled

Pleasantly surprised to come across these new Iron Man trade covers for the Stark Disassembled story arc (via Ffffound). Here are 2 of the 5, very much looking forward to seeing the remaining three. They resemble old Pelican book covers, something I’m not accustomed to seeing come out of the comic industry.

According to Matt Fraction’s website, the covers are by Salvador Larroca and Frank D’Armata, and design by Rian Hughes. Beautiful work.

Signalnoise News: October 2009

Signalnoise News: October 2009

It’s been a little while since I sent out an update on the personal projects I have going on outside of working on client projects. So, I’d like to take some time to briefly talk about what I have on the go and what I’m planning out over the next little while. The upcoming few months will be lots of fun, and here’s why.

1. Signalnoise Source DVD
I’ve had many people asking about this release over the past few weeks, and I would like you all to know it is still in the works. I’m busy creating the PSD documents to be included on the disc, as well as some other little goodies to spice up the project. Since this will be a limited run, I want to make it special for those interested in owning a copy. So rest assured, things are still progressing on this front and I will offer up more information as I proceed.

2. Signalnoise Apparel
My goal in this area is to have a launch before Christmas of this year. I will be finalizing the t-shirt designs over the next little bit while looking for a suitable company to get these things printed. Since this is a rather new area for me, I’m working hard to get the best system and something that will work as smoothly as my poster shipping. Certainly more to come on this as I solidify things.

3. Signalnoise Broadcast
The first Broadcast went very well despite my audio glitches with about 150 viewers tuning in, so this is definitely something I want to do on a more regular basis. Maybe bi-weekly, but we’ll see. I’m testing a few alternatives to the default MacBook mic and will be holding my second Broadcast when I get things evened out. Really excited to jam with you guys once again.

So there is the rough overview of what you can expect over the next little bit, and I’m sure a few other things will pop up along the way. As always, thanks for the continued support and inquiries, gang!

Signalnoise theme for Google Chrome

Signalnoise theme for Google Chrome by James White

Google Chrome theme by James White

Signalnoise Google Chrome theme by James White

Signalnoise theme for Google Chrome by James White

I was asked by the mighty Google to participate in the launch of the new artist themes collection for Google Chrome, available for the first time on their website. The artist theme collection showcases over 100 leading artists, architects, musicians, illustrators, and fashion and interior designers from around the world who took the standard Google Chrome design and created their own unique version. In their own words:

“Our group of contributing artists come from a variety of styles and genres in the world of fashion and music.  All of these individuals have demonstrated creativity and innovation in their field of expertise, and when taken together, appeal to a variety of users. The collection of artist themes for Google Chrome displays a spectrum of creativity and variation to inspire users to customize their browser in a way that reflects their personal style.”

This was an exciting project to work on, recreating all of Google’s elements and rollovers while adding my own colorful touch.When it comes to program interfaces I use, I tend to like things very clean and organized which doesn’t take away from the content. So when it came to my own browser theme, it was challenging to add some pizazz while keeping things as basic as I could. The navigation buttons look different then my original design, will have to look into that.

I would like to thank all those at Google for making this possible. If you would like to check out the Signalnoise theme as well as many others, go to the artist themes collection, the Chrome blog, the Google blog or the official Google Twitter.