Happy Halloween

Here I am as Don Draper from Mad Men.

Favorite horror movie posters

In light of today’s spooky date of October 31st, I wanted to put together a small list of my favorite horror movie posters. My friends and I would always talk about going to a convenience store when we were kids and looking at all the scary covers of movies our parents wouldn’t let us rent, and a few of these posters were the ones I remember seeing. That Evil Dead poster freaked me out pretty good back then.

Not only are all these posters great from a design standpoint, they are just great movies for a variety of different reasons. I probably watch all of these at least once a year, if not more. I know a couple of these don’t really hit the straight ahead horror genre, like Ghostbusters for example, but it has some nice scary bits mixed with the comedy and I couldn’t leave my beloved ‘Busters out of the mix. And its no secret how much I enjoy the poster for The Thing, still holds the title of “best movie poster ever” at the Signalnoise camp.

So, what are some of your favorite horror movies?

Signalnoise Broadcast 27

Here is the recorded version of Signalnoise Broadcast 27, which went live yesterday afternoon. A fantastic turn-out for yesterday’s broadcast, where we discussed the importance of attending conferences, what to include in your professional portfolio, staying in shape while sitting at a computer all day, attending design school, managing your time without online tools, writing tutorials and a bunch of other fun topics. So, have a watch.

Just a note that next week’s broadcast will be earlier in the day to make it easier for the European crowd to tune in. I will be announcing the exact time next week. See you then!

Image for Digital Arts Magazine

Here is an image I put together for a tutorial to be published in Digital Arts Magazine. This is a combination of a couple of previous poster designs and elements watered down so I can discuss the steps I took along the way. I mostly focused on using Blending Modes and using simple objects to yield cool results.

Look for this tutorial in an upcoming issue of Digital Arts, and I’ll be sure to announce when the issue is released.

Sesame Street: Geometry of Circles

Like a lot of kids, I grew up on a steady diet of Sesame Street. I’m sure my parents heard many a song by Grover and Oscar belting through our house back in the early 80s, and wondered how an episode could be “brought to us by the number 6”. Good times.

My pal Dave Johnson from my hometown of Truro, Nova Scotia sent me this video last night and I had to post it today. I have vague memories of seeing this on Sesame Street way back in the day, and was floored to watch it again today. This thing is packed with a lot of the visual elements of that time which influence me today. Nice spectrum, geometry, flares, kind of a perfect combination. It has no real meaning, it’s just music a beautiful handmade animation.

When watching television today it’s obvious these sorts of pieces are few and far between, most things are either an advertisement or forcing a life lesson of some kind. I’m sure I was glued to the tv when this was aired back in 1981 out of interest and intrigue. I’m sure Sesame Street is still fun these days (I wouldn’t know) but I sincerely hope there are sequences like this that display simple form and elegance. It just is, that’s all.

Signalnoise Broadcast 26

Here is the recorded version of Signalnoise Broadcast 26 from last week, live from my living room. We had a great turnout with a lot of good friends showing up to chime in on the conversations, like Ryan McGovern, Nick Campbell, Fulton Hawk and a bunch of others. I really appreciate everyone coming by to say hello.

This time around we discussed creating your own design elements, doing talks and lectures, running your own design blog, minimizing distractions while you work, a few skills designers need to realize their idea, working in a coffee shop, what a business card should be, shipping rates and a bunch of other stuff. Check it out right here.

Signalnoise Broadcast 25

I’m a bit late getting this posted, but here is the recorded version of Signalnoise Broadcast 25. Ustream had a hiccup in the middle of the show and started a new recording session, so I apologize about splitting things up. I decided to have a slight change of scenery as I get my home office together, so here I am in my kitchen.

We had a great time discussing the new Signalnoise Retro Poster Contest and all of the questions around how the competition will work. Outside of that, we talked about pricing source files, the idea of creativity, moving from concept to execution, building your own visual elements rather then pre-made tools, inking in Illustrator, favorite typefaces and a bunch of other stuff. Enjoy!

Gizmodo + Signalnoise: Tron poster giveaway

Signalnoise and the mighty Gizmodo have teamed up to bring you the Tron Poster Giveaway. Five lucky winners will receive a full set of my 3 Tron fan posters created over the past year. If this is your first time seeing the designs, check out this post for the full story on the Tron trilogy I created. These posters are not official, simply put I designed them because I love the style of the past Tron film as well as the upcoming Tron Legacy.

So, swing over to the post on Gizmodo for your chance to win a full set of the Signalnoise Tron poster trilogy. A big thanks to the kind folks at Gizmodo for generously hosting this contest. Best of luck, everyone!