Inspiration: Vintage Travel posters

Vintage travel posters

Vintage travel posters

Vintage travel posters

Vintage travel posters

Here are some beautiful vintage travel posters, circa 1950 – 1970 via the mighty GrainEdit. Please pardon the quality as I scaled up these images to fit the post. I simply love ideas presented in their purest form.

I seem to recall some static around the Israel Airlines poster above, apparently it was also used by Air Canada at some point?

Who are you?

Who are you?

The graphic above says it all . . . who are you?

I’m one of those nerds who checks out the web stats almost every day to see who is coming to my site, where they’re from, and how they get here. Based on the numbers, I know there are a lot of you design kids out there checking things out yet I have only gotten to know a handful of frequent comment leavers. You know who you are, and you’re awesome.

So for the rest of you, here is your chance. Drop me a line in the comments and introduce yourself. Where do you work? Where are you from? What are you into? What are you working on? What’s your website link? Whatever you want to say, do it.

Us designers have to stick together, man, so step on into this post and lets all shake hands.

The Bravery: Slow Poison video

Slow Poison by The Bravery

Slow Poison by The Bravery

Slow Poison by The Bravery

Slow Poison by The Bravery

Slow Poison by The Bravery

Slow Poison by The Bravery

Slow Poison by The Bravery

Slow Poison by The Bravery

Slow Poison by The Bravery

Slow Poison by The Bravery

Not too many music video knock me flat these days, but I had to write a post about Slow Poison by The Bravery. Beautifully crafted with lots of smooth effects and motion graphics barking back to the psychedelic scene from 2001: A Space Odyssey. According to Buck, the production company behind the video:

“With a four week production schedule and a love song of sorts, we travelled back in time to the late seventies and joined a cult of psychonauts to make a video about alien panther love, ontology, and inter-dimensional space travel.”

Late seventies? Psychonauts? Panther love? How could I not love all those things when they are packaged into a full spectrum space scene full of neon lines and lens flares? Man, I would have loved to have been part of the team working on this one.

Swing over to check out the video on Buck’s website. And a big thanks to Steve MacKenzie for sending over the link. You rock.

The Canadian National Vimy Memorial

The Canadian National Vimy Memorial

The Canadian National Vimy Memorial

The Canadian National Vimy Memorial

The Canadian National Vimy Memorial

I should have posted this yesterday, but here are some beautiful shots of the Canadian National Vimy Memorial in France. The monument is the centrepiece of a 250-acre (100 ha) preserved battlefield park that encompasses a portion of the grounds over which the Canadian Corps made their assault during the Battle of Vimy Ridge, a military engagement fought as part of the Battle of Arras. Written in both french and english:

“TO THE VALOUR OF THEIR COUNTRYMEN IN THE GREAT WAR AND IN MEMORY OF THEIR SIXTY THOUSAND DEAD THIS MONUMENT IS RAISED BY THE PEOPLE OF CANADA.”

On the design side, I remember seeing photos of this memorial back in highschool but overlooked the scale of the work. This thing rivals designs seen in Lord of the Rings. Beautiful, epic, symmetrical and memorable.

These photos were taken by Burke Paterson, and thanks to the kind folks over at the Canadian Design Resource for posting these.

The art of Sakke Soini

Sakke Soini

Sakke Soini

Sakke Soini

Sakke Soini

When it comes to rock, you just can’t mess with the stylings of Finnish artist Sakke Soini. I’ve been seeing his work all over the design blogs for the past while and admire the amount of effort and detail he puts into his work, whether it’s illustration, photo manipulation, or whatever. Great stuff, lots of retro-future fun and I love the amped-up grit he adds to his work.

Bright colors. Chrome text. Lightning. Space stuff . . . I can’t get enough of that gear.

You can see more of Soini’s work on his Behance as well as his personal website.

Feature in Advanced Photoshop magazine

James White in Advanced photoshop magazine

James White in Advanced photoshop magazine

James White in Advanced photoshop magazine

James White in Advanced photoshop magazine

Here are some shots of the latest issue of Advanced Photoshop magazine, issue 62, where I made the Feature Interview spot. I had a great time corresponding with the kind folks at the magazine and am honored to be included in such a publication. They even included a large version of La Femme on the contents page.

So if you are interested in reading about blending modes, Star Wars and other nerdy stuff, this issue should be on newsstands everywhere.

‘The Horse Races’ by Kalle Gustafsson

The Horse Races by Kalle Gustafsson

The Horse Races by Kalle Gustafsson

The Horse Races by Kalle Gustafsson

The Horse Races by Kalle Gustafsson

The Horse Races by Kalle Gustafsson

A beautiful series entitled ‘The Horse Races’ by noted photographer Kalle Gustafsson. The top-most image caught my attention last week, stopped me in my tracks. Excellent colors and angles, to the point where I’m unsure how some of these shots were accomplished without the photographer being trampled. You can check out the entire series right here.

I’ve been familiar with Gustafsson’s work for quite some time, but I have very little experience in the field of photography. If anyone would like to share any process oriented info, feel free to sound off in the comments.

Check out Kalle Gustafsson’s website for more.

Signalnoise for Motorola

Motorola poster by James White

Here is poster I designed for Motorola showcasing their new social media gadget, the Cliq. The client wanted something colorful to add interest to the phone, which was a perfect opportunity to use my curvature assets I developed a little while back.

Correct me if I’m wrong, but I believe this can be found in the new issue of Wired Magazine as a fold-out poster.