Measurements of Sound: Volumes 01 – 04

Measurements of Sound: Volume 01

Measurements of Sound: Volume 02

Measurements of Sound: Volume 03

Measurements of Sound: Volume 04

I’m going to change the pace today and post about some music. Other then my tangents about metal, things are normally design-related around these parts but one of my good friends and fellow designer, Ryan Grant has been creating some outstanding podcasts well worth noting. If you’re anything like me, you enjoy having some good music playing as you get things done, and I can’t think of a better soundtrack then what Ryan has put together.

He runs a music-related blog called Here to Destroy, where he posts all kinds of interesting articles, videos and yearly music round-ups. His podcast series is called Measurements of Sound and he currently has 4 excellent installments. The images you see above are the digital covers Ryan launched with each release. I highly recommend checking them out, here are the direct links to the ‘casts and the track listings:

• Measurements of Sound: Volume 01
• Measurements of Sound: Volume 02
• Measurements of Sound: Volume 03
• Measurements of Sound: Volume 04

In terms of my own musical tastes, I owe Ryan a lot. We met in graphic design back in 1995 when I was still an 18-year-old dummy, and it was because of Ryan that I took such a great interest in music, specifically of the metal variety. So I can vouch for him, these podcasts are quality. Be sure to check out HeretoDESTROY.com, and say hello to Ryan on Twitter.

Who I follow on Twitter

I’ve become quite fond of Twitter after using it for the past couple of years. It’s a great way to maintain direct contact with pals and colleagues as well as keeping up on the latest projects and links posted by fellow designers. I use it every day and it’s great. I’d like to take this opportunity to give a few shout-outs to interesting people I follow.

This is by no means a “must follow” list, just a condensed list of people I enjoy watching as they post new work or interesting things in general with a design focus. The majority of these links are individuals rather then companies or agencies. Here we go in no particular order.

@nopatternChuck Anderson
@JoshuaDavis - Joshua Davis
• @vpietersVeerle Pieters
• @abduzeedo - Fabio Sasso
@cameronmollCameron Moll
@jonburgermanJon Burgerman
@ISO50Scott Hansen
@JamFactoryGavin Strange
@NatzkeErik Natzke
@hydro74Joshua Smith
@MWM_GraphicsMatt W. Moore
@draplinDraplin Design Co.
@nickvegasNick Campbell
@bartondamerBarton Damer
@markweaverMark Weaver
@alexVaraneseAlex Varanese
@flight404Robert Hodgin
@justinmallerJustin Maller
@ollymossOlly Moss
@brendandawesBrendan Dawes
@robdobiRob Dobi
@icreatureInvisible Creature
@MondoNewsJustin Ishmael
@DaveMckeanDave McKean
@brand_nuRadim Malinic
@adellecharlesAdelle Charles
@Wanken - Shelby White
@Friendswithyou – Friends with You

Enjoy! And while you’re at it, why not drop by and say hello: @Signalnoise.

Signalnoise Broadcast 37: Illustrator demo

If you were unable to tune in for Signalnoise Broadcast 37, here is the recorded version. This week was lots of fun as I did a live Illustrator demo showing how I create some of my shiny text effects, specifically making type golden. I had no shortage of screw-ups and technical errors this time around (if you tuned in, you know what I’m talking about), and what you see here is the re-shoot I did the day after. Please pardon the 2 videos this week, Ustream decided to disconnect on me.

All errors aside, I dove into Illustrator and showed how to create a golden version of The Sword logo, one of my favorite metal bands. I walk you through the process step-by-step and talk about all the little things along the way. After the demo, we had a QA period where I answered some questions about process, industry and other things. Lots of fun.

Thanks for your patience this week, everyone. I’ll see you next week at the same time, Thursday at 3pm EST.

The new Signalnoise Gallery

I’m happy to announce an exciting extension to the Signalnoise online presence. For the past few years when you clicked the Gallery button on the sidebar you were directed to a nice Flash app called TiltViewer, which displayed my Flickr stream in a nice 3D way. It looked sexy, but it unfortunately wasn’t a right fit to properly display my personal and client pieces in hopes of generating new work. Today, that changes with the new Signalnoise Gallery.

Signalnoise is now part of Cargo and I made some great efforts over the last little while to build a proper online gallery using their amazing platform. Now when you click on the Gallery button you will be taken to a nice format where you can click through a number of my professional and personal works from a number of different projects. I unearthed a few pieces that may have gotten buried under blog posts or Flickr sets, so they can have their own place to shine.

Hooking up with Cargo wasn’t a means of generating more social media traffic. After quite a lot of research to figure out what platform would work the best, Cargo and their Space Collective theme reigned supreme. Not only is it beautiful, but the admin is perfectly built to make things smooth and easy. Many high-fives to the team at Cargo on their efforts.

The door is open, step into the new Signalnoise Gallery and have a look around.

Signalnoise Broadcast 36: Dagger Woods PSD

For those who missed out on tuning in live to Signalnoise Broadcast 36, here is the recorded version. I did another Photoshop file breakdown this time, focusing on my Dagger Woods poster which led into a little Photoshop effects demo. As usual, we all had a great time as I showed lots of process and technique. After which we led into a general QA period, where I even got to kick my first chat spammer out of the room. I’m bringing a shotgun next time, you jerk.

Those who stuck around after the broadcast got a special sneak preview of my Hobo With a Shotgun poster. It pays to hang out backstage after the show. :) I’ll be back next week with Signalnoise Broadcast 37, Thursday at 3pm EST. See you then!

Montreal Meets: Abduzeedo and Signalnoise LIVE

• Poster by James White


• Poster by Fabio Sasso

• Poster by François Hoang

In a short couple of weeks I will be traveling to Montreal to take part in the Montreal Meets event, organized by my pal François Hoang. Montreal Meets will feature 2 hour-long presentations on creativity, inspiration, industry stuff and all kinds of fun stories geared toward artists and designers. I will be presenting, along with my good friend Fabio Sasso owner and operator of the best damn creative site on the web, Abduzeedo.com. Here is all the info:

When: Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Where: Concordia University, Montreal Quebec
Time: 6:00pm, be there at least 30 minutes to be seated
Information: www.montrealmeets.ca
Twitter: @montreal_meets

François has talked about doing this kind of event for a little while now, and I’m really excited to be a part of it. This is a perfect example of doing things yourself and achieving your goals, so let’s give a round of applause to François Hoang for making it happen as well as the kind sponsorship of Go Media, Weapons of Mass Creation Fest and Delicate Machines.

I’m looking forward to meeting you all at Concordia University for the big event. Let’s make this rock harder then the Beatles in a fight with the Stones. See you soon, Montreal!

Yer Dead Productions logo

As the Hobo With a Shotgun boys are busy completing the movie in Toronto, they decided to launch my design for their production company called Yer Dead. We started talking about this logo about a year ago but we really started moving on it over the last few months as the film came closer to completion. I really enjoy working with Jason Eisener and Rob Cotterill because they have a really clear direction in their head, which mostly revolves around stuff they were into as kids . . . 80s action awesomeness. Which, as you can imagine, I’m all about.

We went through a few designs before landing on this one, here are a couple:

The guys liked these initial concepts, but they were looking for something that, in their words “would look badass on a t-shirt”. Once I heard that it really set me free. I had a great time working on this logo for my pals and I’m stoked to see it on the big screen really soon.

Signalnoise Broadcast 35: My old schoolwork

If you missed tuning into Signalnoise Broadcast 35 last week, here is the recorded version for you to check out. This was a bit of a hilarious episode because I decided to dive into my old design work from school, way back in ’95. I have a big wooden crate full of old work so I decided to show some of that stuff in order to enforce the idea of “everyone needs to start somewhere”. The majority of the folks who visit my blog only know my new work, so here’s a chance to see some of my very first design projects and hear stories about my school days.

So, have a watch and I’ll see you in a few days for Signalnoise Broadcast 36, this Thursday at 3pm EST.