Film logos from the 70s and 80s: Parts 4 to 6

Here is the second installment of film logos from the 70s and 80s, full of even more awesome lasers, chrome and glowing effects from back in the day. I have a soft spot for the Disco Vision spot located in part 6. That includes stuff from the 90s as well, but I’ll let it slide.

If you missed it yesterday, check out the first installment, Film logos from the 70s and 80s: Parts 1 to 3. Enjoy!

Film logos from the 70s and 80s: Parts 1 to 3

Here is the first installment of some motion inspiration, saturated with styles, sounds and animation prevalent from when I was a kid in the 1970s and 80s. I talk a lot about logo animation being a big influence on the work I do today, and these clips are nice compilations of many of those memories.

If you were a kid in the 80s you will remember all those awesome (and often hilarious) intro logos at the beginning of VHS rentals, specifically if the movie was off the beaten path. There was a certain charm to the dusty sounding synth, the cheap motion and the distorting tracking lines at the bottom of the screen. It felt real and human, and most times were watched late at night with a group of friends. I started challenging myself back then with naming the film company before their full logo was revealed.

So, have a look at these amazing compilations and enjoy the many lasers, chrome elements and lightning blasts that made up a good chunk of my childhood.

Photos from Montreal Meets

• Fabio Sasso, Francois Hoang and myself

• The awesome crowd that came to see the presentations.

Here are some more photos from the big Montreal Meets event I spoke at with Fabio Sasso a couple of weeks ago. It was a fantastic time and I met a tonne of enthusiastic artists and designers, and I hope these photos are a testament to that. If you came to the event or tuned in online, thank-you so much for your support on making this event awesome. And a big shout-out to Francois Hoang for making it all possible.

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Lord of the Logos, Christophe Szpajdel

Things are going to get heavy around here. If you are a metal head, you might already be familiar with this guy, but for those who aren’t allow me to introduce you to the mighty Lord of the Logos, Christophe Szpajdel. Christophe is a pillar in the underground metal scene, designing hundreds and hundreds of band logos for groups all over the world including the likes of Emperor, where he created their iconic, symmetrical and often mimicked logo.

Some of his logos are unmistakable in readability, while others are cryptic. Some are straight up type while others are illustrated and atmospheric. Some are beautiful while others are macabre. Now it must be said that this style of logo is not for everyone. Being a metal guy I absolutely love this stuff, and the cryptic nature of these is almost a code among metal heads. Think what you will of these, but what is painfully obvious across the board is Szpajdel’s unrelenting command of typography and organic form.

And are you ready for this? All of the logos you see in this post were hand-drawn. With all of our fancy-pants computers today we can’t come close to the conceptual execution Christophe can achieve with simply a pencil and paper.

I selected a handful of logos for this post, but going through Christophe’s portfolio for favorite images is like walking into a forest and finding your favorite branch. Swing over to his Flickr stream to see a tonne of his band logos and photography, and there’s also an interview with Christophe over at Maelstrom. If you like what you see I highly recommend picking up his book aptly titled Lord of the Logos. Thanks to my buddy Fulton, I have a copy right by my side.

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SNBC 40: Viewer critique session

For those who couldn’t tune in yesterday, here is the recorded version of SNBC 40 for you to check out.

First and foremost, I modified the name of my broadcasts to the SNBC format which is what I’ll be using from now on. I did this for a very simple reason, writing Signalnoise Broadcast on Twitter seriously eats up the character count leaving less room for description. I needed a remedy, this is it. Plus, it sounds like a television network for obvious reasons.

SNBC 40 was a lot of fun. I had a few requests of viewers to do a quick crit session where they send in pieces of art and I can run through a few strong and weak points based on my opinion and experience. I was apprehensive of doing this at first mostly because who the heck am I to review work? But I tried to keep things honest when reviewing the personal work people sent in and it made for a very fun and interactive broadcast. I’ll certainly be doing another crit session in the future as I didn’t get to all the work I wanted to.

Sorry about having the broadcast split up. Ustream quit on me halfway through and I needed to restart the recording. I’ll see you next week at the same time, Thursday at 3pm EST.

The Creative Gap: Becoming Better Than Most

Here is an informative and inspiring presentation by my good pal Nick Campbell, the Greyscale Gorilla. That says it all, have a watch or play it in the background while you work on your projects. Excellent workday commentary from a guy that knows and shares. Well done, Nick!

Be kind and help others.

The above image is a slide from the presentation I gave at the Montreal Meets event last week. It’s pretty straightforward in it’s point.

If everyone did this, wouldn’t we all be stronger?