Fox Retro “Pinball”

Check out this fantastic spot created by Plenty for Fox Television. Not many times do modern network promotional animations stop me in my tracks (I’m more for the oldschool 70s stuff), but this is certainly the exception. What’s not to love about this action? Nice neon lights, rainbow effects, grids, chrome, and I even spot Serif Gothic in the mix. Wonderful cinematography as well, I kinda wanted it to continue for another 5 minutes.

High fives to the guys at Plenty on creating this great piece, and thanks to @vectormeldrew for the heads up via Twitter.

Signalnoise Retro Poster Competition: Submissions

Well, it’s been a good month and a bit watching the submissions pour in for the Signalnoise Retro Poster Competition, and I’m really happy to post them all right here. Please be warned, this post is the longest that has appeared on my blog, so you might need to give it a little bit to load, as there are 131 entries. The response has been incredible.

I kept the competition description simplistic for a very good reason. When I create my personal posters I start off with the idea of creating something referencing the past, and develop my idea from there. I wanted those interested in entering to work the exact same way I do, and to create some new pieces they can be proud of. As a result, just look at the diversity of the posters below. Their styles, content and palettes are all over the map which in my opinion, makes this competition a huge success. Thanks so much to everyone who took part, a huge high-five to you all.

The entries shown here all met the guidelines of the original post. If you do not see your entry here, it might not have been labeled properly in the Signalnoise Flickr Pool. Please contact me if I missed you, and send me the link to your entry.

Have fun scrolling through these colorful posters, and I urge you to drop by the Signalnoise Flickr Pool if you want to see more by any of the artists. I’ll be going through all the submissions over the next few days and will post the winners by the end of the week. Stay tuned!

View all 131 submissions here »

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Ask me questions on Formspring

Just a little update to announce I created a Signalnoise Formspring account. I answer a bunch of questions every week via my Signalnoise Broadcast, but some people don;t have the opportunity to tune in live. Have a question you would like to ask me about art, design, technical stuff, clients, video games, or anything else? Here’s your opportunity. I’ll pop over to the account periodically to answer a handful at a time. Neato!

Posters by Invisible Creature

If there’s one thing I love about the mighty Invisible Creature it’s their staunch disregard of creating a consistent style for themselves. I’ve been following their work for quite some time now, and their design projects are all brilliant and all different. Back in design school the instructor said that you need to be a bit of a chameleon in this industry and the Creatures are a fantastic example of this theory at work.

The images above were plucked off of Poster Cabaret, which you should seriously visit to go through their extensive library of amazing posters by a variety of artists. While you’re at it, swing by Invisible Creature to view their portfolio and say hello to the boys on Twitter.

Signalnoise Broadcast 29

I did this week’s broadcast a day early as I will be on the road at my regularly schedules time. I apologize to those who couldn’t tune in because of the sudden time shift. However, thanks very much to all of those who tuned in and to Nick Campbell who notified his viewership of my broadcast right after his. You rock, man!

We had a great time with lots of great questions. We covered an array of topics like Hobo With a Shotgun, Lord of the Rings extra features, how to operate while studying design in school, keeping personal projects going, witnessing idiots on the internet, starting a blog for the right reasons, all the awesome folks going to OFFF Barcelona, presenting to design students and the new Signalnoise Talks section, and a bunch of other stuff.

Thanks again for tuning in live, everyone! I’ll see you next week.

Tron Legacy: Final trailer and promos

We have just over a month before Disney releases it’s highly anticipated Tron Legacy, and I’m just as excited as everyone else. It’s been amazing watching the footage and effects take shape over the last year and a half, and the onslaught of promos we’ve been seeing recently has been wonderful. Can’t wait to see this one in full action.

Shown here is the final Tron Legacy trailer along with some nice promotional images of the costume designs, all of which look pretty badass. Beautiful use of neon lights and black armor, and I love the simple differentiations in color and design to make each uniform distinct from one another. Thanks to Abduzeedo for the shots, check out their post for more.

Looking forward to December 17th.

Signalnoise Saturday Morning: My old toys

I was a kid of the 1980s, which I maintain had the best selection of toys and cartoons of any decade. I’m sure many folks think their childhood was the best and kids nowadays are missing out on the wonder and magic that we had back in the day. But heck, our toys were the absolute best. In terms of technology, our toys weren’t the most advanced pieces of equipment which forced the designs to be simple and colorful. Just because you CAN make toys advanced, doesn’t mean they need to be.

Because I have the best parents in the world, my folks discovered this box of my older toys and set it aside for me. Click here to see a larger view. Most of these I hadn’t seen in 15 years, so I was thrilled to be introduced to these guys once again. Check out all the WWF toys in various forms, Biker Mice from Mars, the California Raisins, Garfield, Muppet Babies, M.A.S.K. and a bunch more. So much color, I love it. A few of these were given to me by my buddy Cal at Strange Adventures as I tried to re-acquire toys from my childhood.

Of course a lot of my older toys are long gone, but it’s awesome to have so many of them still onhand today. I take a lot of inspiration from my childhood, so these little guys will be getting a special place on my shelf. What were your favorite toys?

Signalnoise Broadcast 28: Europe

If you missed out on tuning in to Signalnoise Broadcast 28, here is the recorded version. I did things a bit different this week and went live earlier in the morning to give folks over in Europe a chance to tune in during the workday, but that didn’t stop a lot of North American viewers for swinging by as well. We had a great time discussing Hobo with a Shotgun, self investment, the value of focus, Dave McKean, being honest about influence, limiting distraction while working, how cool Ffffound is, and a bunch of other stuff.

Next week I’ll be back at the normal time, 3pm EST on Thursday afternoon. Hope to see you then!