Signalnoise t-shirts now at Strange Adventures

Hey Halifax! I’m happy to announce that you now have easier access to the Signalnoise line of designer t-shirts. All of the designs are now available to purchase over at Strange Adventures comic shop on Sackville Street. If you live here in town, there is no need to order online and pay unnecessary shipping. Just drop into Strange Adventures to check out my wares. Made local by a local.

There is a display set up on the counter, tucked between the toys and comic books, exactly where I pictured my apparel to be in the first place. Big thanks to my buddy (and owner of the shop) Cal for setting all this up.

Advanced Photoshop Magazine cover

That’s right, Advanced Photoshop Magazine #77 will feature a Signalnoise design on it’s cover worldwide. The kind folks over at the magazine contacted me about using my revised Tron Legacy poster for the cover, which could not have come at a better time considering the film is due out in a mere few weeks.

My original design appears to be reversible, like a raincoat, as the cover features my poster upside-down and works quite well with the type. I never would have expected that. Additionally I was included in the feature article ’40 Expert Secrets Revealed’ where I talk about some process and technique stuff. I can’t wait to pick up this issue myself to read up on the other participants.

Advanced Photoshop #77 will be hitting newsstands worldwide very soon, be sure to grab yours!

Signalnoise Broadcast 31

Last week was a bit of crud-up. I was all set to have Signalnoise Broadcast 31 at the regular time when, for whatever reason, the video panel of the Ustream broadcast window ceased to exist. I spent a good 40 minutes trying to get it to work while keeping everyone informed via audio, but it was to no avail. I managed to find an alternative method the following day, so Signalnoise Broadcast 31 was on Friday, not Thursday.

But, it seems that I came out on top. To fix the problem I installed Ustream Producer, which has a bunch of nice features that the web version never had, including the ability to switch to other videos, images and screencast as I do things live. Pardon my ignorance all you techie types, I simply didn’t know this thing existed in the form it does. :) So, on Thursday of this week I’ll be doing a small Photoshop breakdown during the broadcast to see how things go. I’ll open one of my files live and show viewers my various layers and settings. Should be fun!

Signalnoise Broadcast 31 was a great time and I showed viewers a few of my digital sketches of upcoming poster design, as well as a couple of Hobo With a Shotgun previews. Had I known Ustream Producer could show the posters live in the ‘cast I would have done that, so next time it will be done proper. Have a watch and I’ll see you later this week!

Black Friday: Save 15% on everything

Black Friday is on, and Signalnoise is no different in offering you some savings over the next few days. All order made today through Monday, November 29th will earn 15% off everything in the Signalnoise Store. This includes all posters, t-shirts and source files. After you fill your cart use the coupon code BLACKFRIDAY to reap the benefits of 15% off. Great for grabbing some Christmas presents.

Additionally, the kind folks over at FITC are offering $150 off a festival ticket for FITC Toronto 2011 happening next May. I’ll be speaking again this year at FITC Toronto 2011 along with a killer line-up of inspiring presenters. If you’re planning on attending, now is the time to grab that festival ticket in their store using the coupon code BLACKFRIDAY.

PS. Highfives to anyone who recognizes my promo graphic reference.

Strong Stuff: The art of Tom Whalen

Excellent illustration poster work by Strong Stuff, otherwise known as Tom Whalen. I’ve seen his designs kicking around Ffffound for the past while and finally found a bunch of his work in one place via Flyer Design Goodness (one of my new favorite sites). Not only do I dig Tom’s vector style, but just look at the movies he has decided to lend his talents to. Ghost Busters? The Thing? Raiders of the Lost Ark? Excellent.

Whalen’s work makes even dudes standing at profile look super cool. Swing by his official website, Strong Stuff for more of his work. I only plucked a few favorites, but his full portfolio is going to melt your face.

Signalnoise Digest: Newsletter sign-up

After a few months of thinking about it, I finally made the leap to get things set up for my newsletter. Today marks the launch of the Signalnoise Digest, a periodic e-newsletter I will be creating and sending out to those who sign-up to be on the mailing list. The Signalnoise Digest will be a little summary of stuff happening on the blog and in the studio, as well as some heads-up sneaks to upcoming events and launches. I promise to make these little mailings cool enough to earn that coveted spot in your email inbox.

So, swing on over to the sign-up form and get yourself hooked up for the new Signalnoise Digest!

Signalnoise Retro Poster Competition: Winners!

Here it is, the finale for the Signalnoise Retro Poster Competition is upon us. When I posted this contest back in October I really wasn’t expecting such a huge reaction from artists and designers from all over the world. After clocking 131 entries in total, it was a very difficult and lengthy process of selecting the honorable mentions let alone the prize winner. A huge thanks to everyone who entered. The amount of time and effort you put forth is absolutely staggering. You should all be proud of yourselves.

So, without further yackin’, the winners!

First place winner

The first place winner is simply called Welcome! by Erick Diaz. Selecting a winner out of such a diverse bunch of designs was incredibly difficult, as I’m sure you can imagine. Many different styles and ideas were pursued which is exactly what I was hoping for. But after many rounds of cuts, this poster really stood out for many reasons. Aside from really liking the color palette, the sheer number of elements displayed in this design are laid out in a very logical and clever fashion. I really like the Vegas props used, like the spades, dice, palm tress etc and the typography is diverse and fun harkening back to type-heavy travel and film posters from the 40s and 50s. I can easily see this hanging in an airport some 60 years ago.

A big congratulations to Erick Diaz for a job well done! You will be receiving your Signalnoise prize pack soon.

Honorable mentions

And lets not forget those who made the final cut. Here are the posters I thought were beautifully crafted in both style and content, and certainly deserved to get a featured spot in this competition. As I said, it was incredibly difficult to pick one out of so many excellent posters, so please feast on these honorable mentions, and check out the links to their portfolios.

JAWS Tribute: Amity Island by Wes Moore

Analog by Aether Studios

Spring84 by Michael Rubini

Berne by Jason Jeffery

Rocket 88 by Richard Davies

Lack of Colour by Kelley Toombs

A big thanks and congratulations to everyone who entered the first Signalnoise Retro Poster Competition, and to those who supported it and got the word out. The response blew me away and you can bet there will be another design-based competition in the near future as it is already in the works. Stay tuned for more!

Signalnoise Broadcast 30

If you missed out on tuning in live to Signalnoise Broadcast 30 yesterday afternoon, here is the recorded version. We didn’t have any specific topic for discussion, but we ended up covering quiet a range such as motion graphics, more updates on the Hobo With a Shotgun poster, self-censorship, goalie masks, Christian Bale vs. Michael Keaton, raster vs. vector, some Retro Poster Competition updates, designing the Signalnoise website, talking about Dave McKean and a bunch more fun stuff.

I may have a slight time shift for next week’s broadcast, I will be sure to announce what the scoop is. See you soon!