Signalnoise vs. DesignChat

James White on DesignChat

The kind folks over at DesignChat are having me back this week for another live discussion on Wednesday, December 2nd.

I was the guest on episode 12 a few months back, so if you missed that one why not tune in this time around. I’ll be announcing the chat on my Twitter before it goes live on Wednesday evening for those interested in checking it out and firing over some questions.

Should be a great time, hope to see you there!

Signalnoise Broadcast no. 3

For all of you that missed the Signalnoise Broadcast no. 3 which aired yesterday, here is the recorded version if you wanted to catch up on the discussion. Once again there was a great turnout with lots of great questions and comments revolving around process, art, resources, etc. The video on this one seems to be a bit choppy, not really sure why that happened.

For everyone who took the time to tune in, a big thanks going out to you. Saw lots of familiar names in the chat window, you guys make these broadcasts worth while. Thanks so much!

Inspiration: The work of Olly Moss

Olly Moss

Olly Moss

Olly Moss

Olly Moss

Olly Moss

Olly Moss

Shown here are a few examples of the clever design work of Olly Moss, using his unique spin on shape and type to create visual riddles where some ideas require closer inspection to understand. I remember seeing Olly’s Die Hard poster design on Ffffound a while back, and luckily rediscovered his work a few days ago.

Beautiful use of simple color palettes, Olly brings his excellent ideas to life with an almost Saul Bass elegance. And he obviously likes video games and Robocop, good stuff :) I apologize for the quality of these images, I couldn’t track down larger versions.

You can check out more of Olly’s work on his Flickr stream as well as his personal website.

Signalnoise Broadcast 3 airs today

Signalnoise Broadcast 3 by James White

In a few short hours I will be going live with the Signalnoise Broadcast 3, starting at 12pm EST. I wanted to air this broadcast earlier then usual so all of our friends over in Europe can tune in without having to stay up until 4am.

I will be broadcasting from the office today, and will be posting the link on my Twitter shortly before I go live. In the meantime if you are looking to check what the broadcasts are all about, head over to the live page.

So prep those questions if you have any and I hope to see you there!

Zeitgeist Toys!

Zeitgeist Toys

Zeitgeist Toys

Zeitgeist Toys

Zeitgeist Toys

Zeitgeist Toys

Zeitgeist Toys

Zeitgeist Toys

Just when you thought designer toys had explored all the various avenues possible in the ever-expanding and saturated industry, along comes Berlin-based Zeitgeist Toys. Absolutely beautiful and elegant designs utilizing a vast array of unique mediums, such as porcelain and pewter. Take that and add hand-painted watercolor flowers, total win. And I love how simple the base character designs are.

Even though I don’t spend a lot of coin on them, I love the designer toy scene and even tried my hand at designing my own line called The Orbinauts. But knowing that guys like Zeitgeist are out there, the bar has been raised far beyond. I sure would like to work with these guys.

Check out the official Zeitgeist Toys website, and swing over to this post on Beautiful Life for more shots of the line.

Inspiration: Vintage auto graphics

Auto graphics

Auto graphics

Auto graphics

Auto graphics

Auto graphics

Auto graphics

Auto graphics

Auto graphics

Check out these shots of vintage auto graphics brought to you via this Flickr set entitled Autographik. Beautiful hardcore typography making use of Akzidenz Grotesk and other faces, the Swiss really know how to do things. I particularly love the design extending to the roof of the automobiles to be seen from high-up office windows.

It pangs me that this kind of simplicity is all but lost in auto design, hidden under piles of flames and weird pinstripes. You can’t convey a message or display a company name any clearer then it’s purest form.

Aside from the set I mentioned above, you can find more in this Flickr group entitled Autographik. Thanks for the heads up, Oliver!

Inspiration: The work of Gary Clarke

Gary Clarke

Gary Clarke

Gary Clarke

Gary Clarke

Gary Clarke

Some nice visual experiments in form coming from Manchester UK designer Gary Clarke. Great studies at work using lovely overlay methods and nice color gradients, creating lots of depth and movement.

Check out more of Gary’s ever expanding work on his Flickr stream as well as his personal website, Graphic Nothing.

Best Visual Artist 2009 award

Best of Halifax 2009, Best Visual Artist

Here is a small supplement to my Best of Halifax 2009 post a little while back. I took home the Best Visual Artist award, and a fancy ribbon :) The party was a good time, nice to see so many familiar faces and meet a few new ones.

Once again, a huge thanks to all those who cast a vote my way. I really appreciate the continued support from all of you.