Nike Air: Molecule

Here is another design originally intended for a Nike Air t-shirt. This was created around the same time as the previous Los Angeles 1984 design, presumably for the same campaign. Once again, I was tasked with taking a previous illustration Nike had in their archive, and redesigning with a modern flare. This was a fun one, and I had a good time working with the gradients.

Once the job was complete I once again took it upon myself to finish the design with some textures and lighting. I enjoy doing the straight textures but the design really comes to life when those additional details are added.

The specific poster design you see here wasn’t used, just something I did after the fact. I’m not sure where the molecule design itself landed in the campaign, if you see it let me know.

Nike: Los Angeles 1984 poster

A while back I was commissioned by the mighty Nike Running to develop some t-shirt designs for their 2011 line. I enjoy working with the folks at Nike as they always send over fully realized briefs on what they are looking for while leaving the execution quite open for me to experiment and have fun. Perfect freelance situation to be in.

Shown above is a recreation of a graphic Nike had developed originally for the 1984 Olympics in LA. The original concept was to be used on a t-shirt in straight vector, but I liked how the medal came together and really wanted to throw some texture and effects on that shiny surface.

The poster above was never used by Nike in any part of their campaign, just something I did for fun while working on the project. Taking a client job that extra step. As a matter of fact, I haven’t seen the t-shirt version of this yet. If anyone comes across it, let me know.

I might be sending this to the print shop to see how the proof looks, and might do a small run after that.

Signalnoise at FITC Toronto 2011

You and me, Toronto. In a few short weeks I will be traveling to attend and speak at my favorite design conference out there, the mighty FITC Toronto 2011 (May 2 – 4). This will be the third year in a row I’ll be leaving my stronghold of Halifax to visit all my designer pals at the event, and I can’t wait to get on the plane. It’s on, Toronto.

There are a few items of note this time around, things I’ll be doing and participating in. Here’s a quick rundown:

Presentation: Back To The Future: Part II
May 2, 11:15am • Room: Kool Haus
For the second year in a row I will be presenting at FITC Toronto, which is always a good time. Last year I presented a talk called Back To The Future, centered around inspiration, art showcase, client showcase, a short tutorial and advice. This year’s presentation will be a more robust version of the previous with new topics, art, clients, stories and advice for fledgling and veteran designers alike. It’s lovingly and sequentially titled Back To The Future: Part II, but have no fear if you didn’t see last year’s presentation. You haven’t missed a thing. More info»

Panel: Source + Imagination
May 4, 2:45pm • Room: Guvernment
This will be a new one for me. I will be sitting on a panel with some other fine creative folks discussing various topics and answering questions from the moderator and audience. It’s sure to be a good time and I’m really looking forward to discussing inspiration, imagination, and whatever else comes up. Panels are uncharted territory, seriously looking forward to this. More info»

Art Show: To Japan With Love
May 4, 7pm • Function13 Gallery (map)
I will be a part of an art show happening at Function13 entitled To Japan With Love, organized by the lovely Linda Nakanishi. In Linda’s words the show revolves around “a collective of artists who have a genuine connection and love for Japan and have created art for the fund raising relief efforts.”. All net proceeds from the show will by donated to the Canadian Red Cross for relief efforts in Japan. My Help Japan poster will be included in the show, and I will be bringing 18×24 posters to be sold. For more information see the website and Facebook event.

Looking forward to seeing you there. If you are planning on attending the big event this year, drop a comment on this post.

Signalnoise for FITC Toronto: 10 years

I was asked by the awesome folks behind FITC to participate in a special “10 Year Anniversary” mini poster set that will be available to purchase at the event. They selected 10 artists who spoke previously at FITC to design original pieces based around the idea of “10” or “10 years”. Outside of that, we had complete control over what we wanted to create which is always fun. Here are a few behind-the-scenes vectors.

I’ve wanted to do some kind of a Back To The Future piece for a long time, and given that this project was referencing time to some degree, I fired up the Flux Capacitor and got to it. This also ties into the talk I will be doing at FITC, lovingly titled Back To The Future: Part II which I’ll be doing on May 2nd (11:15am) in Toronto. I’ll also be sitting on a panel called Source + Imagination on May 4th. I’ll be posting more about the FITC events really soon.

Now if you don’t mind, I have some Huey Lewis to listen to.

SNBC:47 – Personal Creativity

Here is the recorded version of SNBC:47 with a focus on personal creativity. The day before I recorded this SNBC, Nick Campbell over at Greyscalegorilla did a very interesting GSG Live Cast focused on the work and creativity that lands outside of client and technical stuff. I really enjoyed his ideas, philosophies and insights on this very abstract topic. It’s very difficult to talk about where our personal creativity comes from and what we can do with it, but Nick did a wonderful job. His broadcast is posted above, highly recommend giving it a watch.

So the day after I decided to springboard off his discussion and talk about my own experience when dealing with personal work and creativity. Both of our broadcasts deal not with the “how” of what we do, but rather the “why” we do what we do. It was great to discuss this topic with viewers, and I hope you enjoy.

SNBC:46 – General design QA

Here is the recorded version of SNBC:46 with a general design QA session. I missed the week prior to this broadcast due to the launch of the Help Japan poster initiative and everything that came about as a result of that. This was a great time and it felt good to get back in front of the camera to hang out with viewers. We covered an array of general art and design topics, one of which being the Help Japan project itself and dealing with the negative side of feedback. It was good to talk about and allowed me to express some of the stuff going on in my head. Thanks for that, Fulton!

SNBC:45 – WIRED dropcap PSD breakdown

If you weren’t able to tune into SNBC:45 a couple of weeks ago, here is the recorded version for you to check out. This time around I did another live Photoshop breakdown of one of my recent designs for WIRED Magazine. I did some type design for the magazine and I demonstrate here of the vector and raster work, showing some layers, effects and tricks. Following the demo, we had a general art and design QA where we discussed poster printing, tech stuff and other fun topics. Always a great time.

Sorry about the split video, Ustream failed on me again and I had to restart the recording midway through. Can’t win ‘em all.

Viacom acquires Signalnoise

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Viacom Inc. (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B) today announced that it has acquired, a privately-owned design blog based in Nova Scotia, Canada., the online presence of Signalnoise Studio, produces an online inspiration blog, custom design and intellectual property sold through the Signalnoise Store.

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Viacom will use Signalnoise as the platform to launch and distribute its global content from various brands like MTV, VH1, BET, Nickelodeon and Paramount Pictures. As part of the agreement, Viacom has secured Web & Print rights for an unidentified subsidiary in the U.S. as well as all merchandising distribution rights of Signalnoise IP in the following regions: U.S., Latin America, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand.

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