$15,000 for Japan

As of today, just over $15,000 has been raised through sales of my Help Japan poster for relief efforts after the 8.9 earthquake that hit on March 11. Half of that has already been donated to the Canadian Red Cross with a second donation imminent. Saying this initiative passed all my expectations would be a huge understatement. Thank-you so much for your continued support, everyone.

The last 2 weeks have been very busy so I apologize for not being able to keep the blog as up to date as I usually do. I’ve been spending a lot of time in the basement packing and shipping Help Japan posters since I launched the initiative, which is a challenge considering I’m just one guy who works from home. But I had some great people who helped me out along the way.

To my surprise the design reached every corner of the globe as relief efforts of all sizes were mobilized, from large to small. The poster was used by Japan Exchange and Teaching (JETAA) chapters in Canada for their fundraising events, a charity concert in partnership with the Japanese embassy in Paris, a Salvation Army event in Australia, numerous high school events organized by students from around the world, various homegrown support sites made for victims and families such as Prayer for Japan, and landed on the cover of Quakebook, an online publication of stories centered around the events of March 11. These are just a few examples.

A small, crudely printed version was even spotted near the checkout of a Korean grocery store in Toronto (seen below) with added and translated text. This is wonderful to see, the poster was adapted to a new environment and language urging people to help. Thanks so much to John O for the photo.

The poster took on a life of it’s own in just a few days, and went to places I myself will never see. The further it traveled and the more events that used it, the more charitable proceeds it helped generate. It’s still out there right now, doing its thing. A huge thanks to everyone who ordered a poster, posted it on their blogs, printed it out to stick on your walls, etc. Your support of this grassroots initiative truly means a lot.

As for me, I’m heading back down to the basement to prep tomorrow’s shipments.

Help Japan: Packing posters

Yesterday me and my best pal Jerko spent the afternoon rolling and packing the Help Japan posters, which start shipping later today. This is the process I go through with all of my posters, but given the sheer amount of orders to be fulfilled I needed a little help from my friends. So here we are in my basement getting some work done. We even turned on the webcam to chat with people online as we worked.

These are the first run of Help Japan posters, so if you ordered before they sold out then you will be getting one of these posters. The second run posters are still available via the new Merchline storefront. Once again, all proceeds are going to relief efforts in Japan.

Big thanks to my good pal Chris Toms for coming over with this camera to take these shots as we packed orders.

‘Hobo With a Shotgun’ poster

I’ve been talking about working on this poster for a couple of months now, and I’m super happy to have been given the green light by the hobo boys to launch it. Here is the Signalnoise poster design for the upcoming film Hobo With a Shotgun. I’ve been waiting close to 3 years to work on this thing, so I was thrilled when Jason and Rob asked me to get rockin’ on it. I have known Jason and Rob for a few years now, meeting them through the comic book crowd here in Halifax. Great guys.

Here’s a bit of back story. I was asked by director Jason Eisener to come up with a logo for “this thing he was making for the SXSW Grindhouse trailer competition” back in 2008. He sent me a cut of the first Hobo trailer and I cracked up at it’s content, awesome cuts and obvious homage to independent action flicks of the 80s. I had very little time, so I put together this logo for him which they liked so much they kept for the theatrical release.

I even designed the logo for The Plague, which will also be appearing in the film. Keep your eyes out for it.

Fast forward, the boys ended up winning the SXSW Grindhouse Trailer competition and started the process of making the full length feature film. Our whole crew lost our minds when we heard Jason managed to slate Rutger Hauer for the lead role, goddamn Roy from Bladerunner! The boys even fought to shoot the whole movie in our hometown of Halifax/Dartmouth. As you can well imagine, we are all mighty proud of these guys for keeping their work home-grown, adequately putting our little city on the film map, shotguns a’blazing.

I worked on this poster for about 2 months. I knew early on that I wanted to do something different from the typical film poster, something painterly like film posters from the ’80s. I started researching guys like Drew Struzan, Bob Peak and Bill Sienkiewicz to get a good idea of the style in my head. I also did a lot of drawing up front because I had no idea how to approach this beast. Did I bite off more then I could chew? Absolutely, but my stubbornness reigned supreme as I wasn’t about to throw in the towel.

What I was aiming for was a weird mix of digital and analog. I didn’t want this poster to look like a “Photoshop painting” with obvious digital brush stokes and smooth edges. It needed to look like I beat the hell out of a canvas yet included computer effects and photographic elements. “Digital, yet not digital. But . . . digital!”. I’m my own worst enemy. My PSD file reached 230 layers at close to 5 gigs as I kept all of my digital paints separate for fear of messing up. Many hours and Photoshop layers later, the final poster emerged. Here’s a detail shot of the digital paints.

Stay tuned as I will be posting some behind-the-scenes images documenting my progress as I worked on this beast.

Help Japan poster available now

Since the first run of Help Japan posters quickly sold out earlier this week, I have had numerous emails in support of the cause and inquiries about when the poster will be printed for a second time. I am happy to announce that the poster is available once again in the new storefront.

Purchase the ‘Help Japan’ poster here

The initial run of posters was a small compared to the immediate interest it received, something I could not have predicted when I launched the initiative in my small online store. But I would like to send a very warm thank-you to my friends at Merchline in Florida and Precision Atlantic here in Halifax. Without their immediate and generous efforts to help me out I could not have gotten more posters available to those interested in contributing to this cause. Nathan Murray at Merchline set me up with an excellent storefront with the capability of handling larger volumes of orders, and Tony Martin at Precision Atlantic for swiftly getting the posters printed on such incredibly short notice. This could not have happened without them.

Once again, all proceeds generated from sales of this poster will be donated to Japanese disaster relief following the 8.9 earthquake and tsunami of March 11. The first run of posters generated a donation of $7250.00 in 2 days which was donated to the Canadian Red Cross, and I would like to extend another huge thanks to those who stepped up and contributed to the cause.

Alternatively, if you would like more direct methods of donating to organizations dealing with relief efforts in Japan, here are a number of options:

Canadian Red Cross
American Red Cross
Doctors without Borders
The Salvation Army
Oxfam
Global Living
Care
ShelterBox

Canada: Text REDCROSS to 30333 to donate $10
USA: Text REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10
Ireland: Text REDCROSS to 57500 to donate €5

Help Japan: Update, March 14

The past few days have been a bit of a blur, so I wanted to post an update and explanation here on the blog regarding the Help Japan poster and the funds it raised for disaster relief after the 8.9 quake last Friday. I’ve received numerous emails, tweets and comments, most of which I haven’t had a chance to respond to individually. So I will update you as best I can right here.

I want to thank everyone for your immense support in spreading the word via your blogs and Twitter over the last few days. Your positive feedback and willingness to help contributed hugely to raising over $7,000 which will be donated to the Canadian Red Cross to help with the relief efforts in Japan. It’s incredible to see so many leap at the opportunity to give through this initiative and my thanks goes out to each and every one of you. If you would like some alternative methods of donating, please refer to my previous post.

So, what happens now? I’ve been busy sorting out all of the necessary components to get the first run of posters into peoples’ hands as soon as possible. I plan on starting shipping at the end of this week (or early next week) once all the supplies have arrived, and I would like to thank you for your patience as I rush to nail down all the final details.

A second run of posters

Many people have been inquiring about a second run of Help Japan posters going toward a second donation, and this is something I will be sorting out once this current batch is underway. I will have more details by the end of this week. The reason for this is simple, Signalnoise is a 1-man operation. I wish I could say I had the capacity to take on all orders immediately, but unfortunately I can’t because I will be packing and shipping everything myself. This initiative is very grassroots and the incredible support you have shown it caught me very much by surprise these past few days. I will be doing everything I can to keep things moving on the first run of posters, along with the second run when I have the capacity.

So again, a huge thanks for your generosity and willingness to help, everyone. It’s truly appreciated. And if you are looking for alternative methods of donating to help the relief efforts in Japan, please refer to my previous post which lists a number charitable organizations.

Help Japan

Update March 17, 2011: The Help Japan poster has been restocked and is available now in the new storefront. Click here to view and purchase. All proceeds from sales of this poster will be donated to disaster relief efforts in Japan by way of the Canadian Red Cross.

Japan was devastated by an 8.9 earthquake and tsunami today, causing widespread damage. They need our help. Donate to the charitable organization of your choice to do your part with relief efforts:

Canadian Red Cross
American Red Cross
Doctors without Borders
The Salvation Army
Oxfam
Global Living
Care
ShelterBox

Canada: Text REDCROSS to 30333 to donate $10
USA: Text REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10
Ireland: Text REDCROSS to 57500 to donate €5

Available for preorder now is the Salvation Army Japan Relief t-shirt designed by the mighty Hydro74, seen above. An excellent shirt for an excellent cause, and you will also get 3 free Hydro fonts of your choice with the order of the tee. Click here to get yours.

If there are other charitable organizations I should link to from this post in aid of Japan, please comment and I’ll revise. Feel free to grab my poster design above on your blog to raise awareness to the cause.

Halifax designer meet-up tonight

As I mentioned on my Twitter over the past few days, I haphazardly arranged a designer meet-up for tonight here in Halifax. My favorite joint to hang out is Gatsby’s (5675 Spring Garden) here in town, so how about we all meet there at 8pm tonight for some drinks and Photoshop talk. I’ll have Signalnoise stickers on hand as well.

I rarely get the opportunity to meet designers from my hometown because there are so few events around here, so lets do this. Also in attendance will be Jerko who you might know from my broadcasts, as well as media darling and illustrator fun-man, Mike Holmes.

If you are a designer, artist, illustrator or whatever, drop in and say hello. Hope to see you there!

Montreal Meets recap video

Check out this excellent Montreal Meets recap video put together by event founder Francois Hoang. In all honesty, I didn’t even know there was a video camera around for a lot of these shots so I’m seeing this footage for the first time. Francois did a great job of capturing the vibe of the event while adding some nice sentimental moments in there. Watching this makes me wish I was back in Montreal hanging out with my pals.

So, have a watch then check out the interview with Francois over at Oakes Design where he discusses Montreal Meets 2012.