Spread in Computer Arts Projects: 131

Computer Arts Projects: James White

Computer Arts Projects: James White

Here is a 2-page spread I created for the kind folks over at Computer Arts Projects magazine, included in issue #131. Every issue of the mag contains the spread where different designers and artists use supplied phrases to create their own piece. I decided to make mine look like a mess of stickers, complete with little vector designs hidden amongst the fray.

The little round designs came from raiding my vector archives, it’s amazing how much you can amass over the course of a few years. You can see the full piece in a larger size right here.

Computer Arts Projects #131 is on newsstands in Europe right now.

Wood Block Residence by Chadbourne and Doss

Chadbourne and Doss architects

Chadbourne and Doss architects

Chadbourne and Doss architects

Chadbourne and Doss architects

Chadbourne and Doss architects

Chadbourne and Doss architects

Chadbourne and Doss architects

It’s not very often I post about architecture on the blog, mostly because I know very little about the field aside from what appeals to me. However, after checking out the above images three times over the past day I felt an exception was in order. I came across these via Wearesuperfamous.

Shown here are some beautiful shots of the Wood Block Residence from the architects Chadbourne and Doss. This house incorporates everything I love about modern interior and exterior design, including steel, nice slats of wood, chrome highlights, nice squares and rectangles plus lots of glass. I would someday love to live in a place like this. So peaceful and elegant, yet industrial.

Here is bit of a descriptor taken from the original post:

“Located on the west side of Mercer Island, Washington, this house is a reconstruction of one of iconic Seattle architect Fred Bassetti’s earliest designs built in 1962. Fronting a busy street, we wanted to root the house to its sloping wooded site and provide a protective shelter for family life. The plan is opened up allowing for large family gathering spaces and perspectives throughout the full length of the house. A new metal skin with interior cedar liner wraps over the roof and grounds the house to the site. An aluminum bar grating screen encloses an exterior patio and deck filtering interior views and forming a sparkling and diaphanous wall from the street. The entry approach is redesigned with a cantilevered concrete landing in a sunken courtyard and a 4’ x 11’ pivot door to the interior. Bathing spaces are ethereally bright, smooth and seamless. Materials throughout are natural but installed and crafted in an extremely crisp manner.”

If this has you itching to see more, swing over to Schuchart/Dow for more architectural beauty.

2010 calendar by Klaus Burgle

Klaus Bürgle

Klaus Bürgle

Klaus Bürgle

Klaus Bürgle

Klaus Bürgle

Klaus Bürgle

Looking for a unique calendar for the upcoming year? Check out this beautifully painted 2010 calendar entitled Visionen: Retro Futuristische Illustrationen von Klaus Bürgle. Wonderfully crafted science fiction imagery coupled with some nicely done typography work. Any idea what typeface was used for the numerical months?

What better way to start the new decade then with visions of the future? You can check out the full spread of art and order the calendar right here.

Speaking at FITC Toronto 2010

James White at FITC Toronto

I’ll be speaking at the upcoming Flash in the Can (FITC) conference in Toronto, April 25 – 27, 2010. I attended the conference last year and had a wonderful time checking out the presentations and meeting all kinds of creative people, and this year I’ll have the pleasure of being onstage myself.

This will be my first speaking at a con and I can’t say how excited I am. My presentation is lovingly named ‘Back to the Future’, and will involve a bunch of inspirational material, Signalnoise art retrospective, some technical tips and tricks, a brief about online tools for the artist, and some rock n’ roll. I want to bring Signalnoise posters and other goodies along this year, I’ll be sure to update as I go.

Lots of fun, hope to see you there!

Star Trek movie poster artwork

Star Trek: The Motion Picture poster

Star Trek 2: The Wrath of Khan

Star Trek 3: The Search for Spock poster

Star Trek 4: The Voyage Home

Star Trek 5: The Final Frontier poster

Star Trek 6: The Undiscovered Country poster

Star Trek poster

I’ve made a couple of minor posts in the past about movie posters, specifically a couple of Star Trek pieces, but I wanted to bring them all together this time around. Here are the posters for Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country and the newest Star Trek movie released this year.

Admittedly, I’ve never been a giant fan of the Star Trek franchise outside of watching a bunch of Next Generation episodes back in the day, but with a renewed love of old-school special effects my pal Dave recommended some re-watchings. Coupled with that was the artwork surrounding each movie, and the selected images above are my favorites. Bob Peak is the man, and responsible for painting all the posters above excluding the newest film. Just look at those effects, brilliant.

Additionally, I really enjoy the concept of that newest poster. Using an unconventional white background for a space movie was a wonderful design choice. I expect nothing less with a guy like J.J. Abrams at the helm.

The work of Albert Exergian

Albert Exergian

Albert Exergian

Albert Exergian

Albert Exergian

Albert Exergian

Albert Exergian

Albert Exergian

Here are a few examples of the beautiful design work by Albert Exergian. His television posters were the first to come across my radar, wonderfully stripped down illustrations displaying a prop or item capturing the concept of each show. Pair that with nice clean type, total victory.

What I have displayed here is the tip of the iceberg, be sure to swing over to Exergian.com and check out Albert’s full portfolio. Can’t way enough good things about his excellent and diverse work.

Update: Albert has informed me that his TV show posters are now available for purchase. Prints will be delivered as A1 (840mm x 594mm) archival glicee print, printed on ultra smooth fine art paper. Swing over to Blanka to check out the spread.

DesignChat: Episode 32 with James

DesignChat with James White

For those of you who missed my discussion with the DesignChat team last week, the crew has uploaded a recording of the hour long chat. This is my second appearance on the show, always a treat.

We all had a great time talking art, design, process, inspiration, tech stuff . . . the whole deal. A big congratulations to the guys at DesignChat for all their success in bringing this content to the community, also a huge thanks for having me on for round #2. You guys rock.

They also have a stellar line-up of future episodes planned. I’d recommend checking out their Twitter for upcoming news and shows.

Nike Track Nationals poster

Nike Track Nationals by James White

Here is a recent poster design I created for the Nike Track Nationals event. I had a great time working with the folks over at the mighty Nike, they wanted something bright and explosive to kick-of the event promotion.

This was a challenge as I was hired to create a design surrounding all of the elements they supplied me with, including the logos and photographs. My designs is typically more simplistic then this, so it was an enjoyable deviation from my Signalnoise work as I massaged the elements into the concept. I had a great time developing that colorful pixellated background.

As with most of my posters, I went through a few different versions before landing on what Nike was ultimately looking for. Here are a few working concepts as I explored:

Nike Track Nationals by James White

Thanks so much to the team over at Nike for this project. Lots of fun. You can also swing by Niketracknationals.com for more information about the big event.