Montreal Meets: MMTWO poster

For the second year in a row I will be speaking at Montreal Meets, this time at the Conservatoire de Musique de Montreal on April 7-8. I had a great time last year, and organizer Francois Hoang upped the stakes with an all-star roster this year including Shelby White, Radim Malinic, Fabio Sasso and Rik Oostenbroek.

And also for the second year in a row, Signalnoise is supporting the event by providing an original poster. I actually started this one months ago but never had the opportunity/reason to complete it until now. I was late getting this one over to Francois but he’s a patient guy when it comes to my antics. I’m not sure what his plan is for this design, but you will probably see copies floating around the event when it kicks off.

Funny influence in this design. You old-schoolers might have spotted it already:

So, be sure to check out the Montreal Meets website for all the details, and follow on Twitter. I’ll see you real REAL soon Montreal!

Signalnoise “Escape” magnet

Here’s a special little treat for those attending FITC Toronto next month. Last week I moved into production my very first Signalnoise magnet design. This thing is the size of a standard business card, full colour and is completely prepped to attach to any metal surface … y’know, like a magnet. It gave me the chance to design my Signalnoise name in the form of one of my favorite movies, ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK!

You will find one of these little suckers in your attendee bag at the big event. As you rifle through all the advertisements and free offers in there, I beg you, set this guy aside! This isn’t an advertisement or a hunk of swag, it’s a little gift I wanted to give to everyone at FITC Toronto, payed for out of my own pocket. From me to you. Stick it on your fridge.

I’ll be doing my DESIGN RENEGADE talk on April 23 at 11:45am, then on April 25 I’ll be doing a 30-minute SIGNALNOISE POSTER BREAKDOWN in the Influxis Lounge at 12:25pm (full schedule). See you soon, Toronto!

Signalnoise from the Year 2000

• Why anyone would hire that weirdo, I have no idea.

If you follow me on Twitter, you might have seen these posted late last night. I wandered home after hanging out with some friends and started rooting around in some old archive CDs of my past work, way back from the year 2000.

I was working with my friends at Internet Solutions at the time, the company that gave me my first real design job in the web industry. They took a gamble and hired that spiky-haired punk right out of school and put up with my loud music and nerdy antics. Good, patient people they were.

That said, I was always trying to dress up my computer to look all cool and stuff so I made a bunch of custom desktops for my screen. Just another way to do something creative and explore some trendy design. I came across 3 of them last night. Fond memories right here. Just look at that weird yellow Japanese-looking Signalnoise wordmark. Yikes. Lots of jokes waiting to happen there, along with my online moniker ‘James Evil’. Good god.

The computer I used to make these is long gone, but the pixels live on. Great memories.

Oh, and that photo was taken around the same time. That’s me and my friend Lisa having what I’m SURE is some deep/hilarious conversation about something we hate. Or she’s just disagreeing with me for some good reason.

Movie Poster Monday 13: LIVE AND LET DIE

Film on Paper presents … the movie poster for LIVE AND LET DIE.

Director: Guy Hamilton
Genre(s) of Film: Action
Origin of Poster: USA
Year of Poster: 1973
Designer: Unknown
Artist: Robert McGinnis

Signalnoise in association with Film on Paper (Twitter) brings you Movie Poster Monday. We will be showcasing a movie poster to start every week, so be sure to check out future posts for some great art from cinema’s past.

Creative Card Project: King of Clubs

The juggernauts behind the mighty Digital Abstracts started up a side project called Creative Cards, where they have 54 playing cards designed by 54 artists. I was pretty thrilled when I woke up one morning to see an invitation to the project sitting in my inbox. Real thrilled as I’ve been a fan of Digital Abstracts for years now. When they opened the floodgates to select a card, I was lucky enough to grab the King of Clubs. I wanted a face card so I was pumped.

I started out wanting to do something involving Skeletor, for whatever reason. See, dumb things happen when I’m alone in my office at night. I got pretty far in designing it too, so you might see some kind of Skeletor-related thing appear on the blog in the near future. Fair warning.

Completely unrelated at the time, but I decided I wanted to watch FIGHT CLUB the other day as I haven’t seen it in a while. The better idea hit me as soon as I glanced at the DVD cover, so I got to it. Always wanted to do something involving Tyler, one of my favorite film characters of all time.

Be sure to check out the other Creative Cards already displayed. Some killer stuff in there by some of my favorite artists. Can’t wait to see the entire deck in person.

FITC Toronto 2012: Ask Me Anything

After a long a perilous battle with exporting and uploading, here are my answers to the recent Reddit Ask Me Anything, but on my the kind folks behind FITC Toronto 2012. They opened the floodgates, people posted their questions and the top 10 were sent over to me to answer. It’s broken into 3 parts for your viewing pleasure.

A few difficult ones in there, a few funny ones and an all around good time. This was the first time I’ve answered pre-arranged questions on camera so expect some awkward laughter and awkward sweaters. Enjoy.

Movie Poster Monday 12: THE DARK CRYSTAL

Film on Paper presents … the movie poster for THE DARK CRYSTAL.

Director: Jim Henson, Frank Oz
Genre(s) of Film: Adventure | Fantasy
Origin of Poster: USA
Year of Poster: 1982
Designer: Jeff Kerns, Lili Lakich
Artist: —

Signalnoise in association with Film on Paper (Twitter) brings you Movie Poster Monday. We will be showcasing a movie poster to start every week, so be sure to check out future posts for some great art from cinema’s past.

Moebius (Jean Giraud): 1938 – 2012

This morning my pal Dave told me the sad news, the mighty Moebius (Jean Giraud) has passed away at the age of 73. Relative to his sprawling career, I’m a fairly new fan of his work after my buddy Cal gave me his book Made in L.A. That book has been a constant source of inspiration and Moebius’ work was never far from my radar after that.

Instead of putting together a big post with a ton of his art, instead I scanned in my favorite piece from the book, created by Moebius in 1986. I don’t know what it’s called or what it was produced for, but to me this piece captures perfectly the calmness and other-worldly nature often present in Moebius’ work. It tells a story with a simple illustration and has trademark linework only he could produce. Just love it. Please pardon the scan quality, my scanner doesn’t treat halftones very well.

Moebius and his work will be remembered forever as it continues to inspire illustrators everywhere.