The art of Alex Varanese

Alex Varanese

Alex Varanese

Alex Varanese

Alex Varanese

Alex Varanese

Alex Varanese

Alex Varanese

Alex Varanese is a beast. His work started showing up on Ffffound over the past two days and I literally had a “whoa” moment when I hit his website.

Alex has a beautiful blend of retro greatness mixed with urban grittiness and typography, certainly not an easy style to hit. But the bay area artist does it smooth and sweet, to the point where his works seem almost effortless in execution. That topmost highway design is just killer, excellent aesthetic eye.

I only plucked a few of my favorites for this post, but be prepared to get steamrolled by the size of Alex’s portfolio. Check out his website, his Behance, and say hello on his Twitter.

Moon

Moon starring Sam Rockwell

Moon starring Sam Rockwell

Moon starring Sam Rockwell

Moon starring Sam Rockwell

Moon starring Sam Rockwell

Moon starring Sam Rockwell

Moon starring Sam Rockwell

Moon starring Sam Rockwell

Moon starring Sam Rockwell

Here are some screen shots and poster from the film Moon starring Sam Rockwell that came out last year. I had seen the poster kicking around Ffffound for the past few months but my trip to New York finally afforded me some airplane time to watch a movie. Moon was it.

Not only did I enjoy the story very much, but the conceptual design for costumes, props and sets was extremely well done. I’m a big fan of what Kubrick did with 2001, and Moon is certainly a sci-fi film aimed directly at the same style and pacing. The computer interface and signage designs on the moon base show some wonderful typography and basic shapes. The props are very utilitarian and rugged, very practical for the environment the film takes place in.

Plus, Sam Rockwell is awesome. If you haven’t seen Moon yet, I’d recommend having a look.

All hail Emperoth

Emperoth, the Signalnoise mascot

The Signalnoise Studio has a new mascot, thanks to a birthday gift from my sister. Standing at 4.5 inches long, Emperoth is small but mighty. He enjoys black metal, fish flakes and taking long swims in the tank.

I asked him to be a guest writer on the blog, but he burped bubbles at me and hid in his skull. I guess that’s a no.

Signalnoise Studio update

Signalnoise Design Studio Inc.

It’s been a little while since I gave a bit of an update on what’s going on around these parts. I like having a more frequent update schedule on Signalnoise with work and inspiration stuff, but sometimes client and preparation work steps in and must be done. It’s all fun, but leaves little time for writing.

So, here’s the scoop. As of a few weeks ago Signalnoise Design Studio Inc. has become an official business entity. I have been operating as strictly an individual freelance artist for the past few years and I felt it was time to make the push and set up the structure needed to grow in the business realm. So I have been going through the motions of setting up everything needed to get all processes running smoothly. It’s all new and weird, but it’s all exciting.

At the same time, I’ve been working diligently on a new version of Signalnoise.com. If you’ve been following my tweets over the past while you would have noticed me bitching about CSS stuff, and that’s why :) When it comes to my website I’m a real sticky bastard about not changing things too drastically, mostly because I’m happy with how simple everything is and I don’t want to have to get used to some new crazy thing. So, the new Signalnoise.com will be a bit beefier but maintain a similar overall aesthetic. I have no solid launch date as yet, so all I can say is ‘soon’.

While at the same time I’ve been working with some really great clients, two of which are Reckless Love and Nike while cultivating some new exciting jobs over the past few weeks. Not only will I be kicking off these new projects, but the next few months will see me speaking at FITC Toronto (see my presentation entitled Back to the Future) this April.

On top of everything else, I just returned from an excellent trip to New York where I took part in Immersion Day at Getty Images’ office as part of the ThinkCorps team. I’ll have more to say about this soon as it might require it’s own post, but some big highlights were meeting folks like Adelle Charles and Josh Smibert from the mighty Fuel Brand Inc., fellow canuck Chad Mueller from Inspiredology, John Fiorelli of the Cut & Paste digital design tournament and a bunch more. Awesome bunch to hang with.

As you can see, it’s been a wild 2010 for Signalnoise so far with no sign of letting up. Just the way I like it.

Vintage Olympic design from Canada

The Olympics

The Olympics

The Olympics

The Olympics

The Olympics

We are in the midst of Olympic mayhem here in Canada, considering Vancouver is the host and our country invented winter. Since the games officially kicked off, the crack team over at The Canadian Design Resource have been posting a lot of wonderful Olympic material from the past. Lovely stuff, so I plucked a few of my favorites to show here.

And if you missed their tweets, the CDR have been guest blogging over at Sports Illustrated to bring some homegrown flavor to their coverage of the event. Be sure to check out Part I: Canada’s Emblems, Part II: Canada’s Posters, and Part III: Torches and Cauldrons.

The Art of Stefan Glerum

Stefan Glerum

Stefan Glerum

Stefan Glerum

Stefan Glerum

Stefan Glerum

Stefan Glerum

Beautiful illustration and design work by Netherlands-based artist Stefan Glerum. Stefan’s obvious and honest appreciation of illustration from the past took me by complete surprise this morning. Not only is his pencil work beautiful and appropriately aged, he had an excellent eye for aesthetic, color and typography.

His hand-lettered elements and odd characters harken back to 1920s Europe, maybe with a touch of Bauhaus and Parisian Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec? At any rate, I’m thrilled to see someone take such an off-kilter illustration style and apply it to modern projects and events.

This work is so accurately executed, I can’t believe it’s current. Check out more work by Stefan Glerum on his official website.

‘A Lyric a Day’ by Luke Beard

A Lyric a Day by Luke Beard

A Lyric a Day by Luke Beard

A Lyric a Day by Luke Beard

A Lyric a Day by Luke Beard

My good pal Luke Beard over in England started an interesting initiative at the beginning of 2010. ‘A Lyric a Day’ has Luke making an image showcasing a line from a song of his choice, and he’s been sticking to his guns creating interesting and textured designs every day since the launch.

Not only am I enjoying Luke’s textured creations (which I’ve been checking out for a couple of years now) but it’s interesting to see his work evolve as a result of this project. And it doesn’t hurt that he digs some of the same music I listen to :) I’m a big supporter of self-initiated projects as it’s an excuse to make things . . . which we should all do.

Luke’s main site is under construction, but check out his Flickr stream, the ‘A Lyric a Day’ Tumblr site and give him a follow on Twitter.

Cosmonauts by Jeremy Geddes

Jeremy Geddes

Jeremy Geddes

Jeremy Geddes

Jeremy Geddes

Ive really been enjoying the paint work of Jeremy Geddes. Nice clean lines and somber images of cosmonauts floating in space and urban scenes. I particularly like the topmost image, really like to have that one hanging in the living room.

Jeremy has a wonderful way of melding the past with the present. His cosmonauts have a certain 2001: A Space Odyssey flavor brought to modern street scenes, a strange but wonderful displacement

To see more of this talent, swing by Jeremy’s website, or drop him a comment on his blog.