I’m proud to announce that Signalnoise has officially signed on with representatives at Mystery Box over in the UK, who will be handling the new business side of my company. When I was over in London for a few days I had the pleasure of hanging out and talking with Ollie Judge, and since then we have ironed out the details, inked some papers, and today is when we let the world know the scoop.
Things have been in flux these past few months with Signalnoise, where I’ve quite clearly noticed my strong points and weak points. After a while of stumbling about with ups and downs, I met Ollie and everything fell into place. On top of that, I’ll be standing next to the also newly signed artist on Mystery Box, my pal and awesome guy Tom Muller.
Having artist representation is brand new to me as I’ve been flying solo for the past few years. This announcement makes me excited for the future. New doors have opened up, new plans are in place, and good vibes are all around.
My contact page has been updated with the new business email. Be sure to swing over to the newly launched Mystery Box website (twitter), and say hello to Ollie on Twitter.
This month the Halifax Design Meet will be moving over to Dartmouth, my stomping ground. Different venue, same great time. If you want to drop in to enjoy some cold beverages and meet some nice creative types, here are the details:
When: October 6, 8pm
Where: Celtic Corner, 69 Alderney Drive (map)
Who: Anyone who wants to come. Not limited to designers or whatever.
Hope to see you there.
I’d like to introduce a new companion to the Signalnoise blog, a little something I’m calling Piles of Paper.
I’ve said many times that I’ve been drawing my whole life, and I was fortunate enough to have parents who held onto art relics from my childhood, or had the common sense myself to file away my drawings into some big folders to save them. Well, it’s time those folders were opened.
Piles of Paper will feature scans of my childhood drawings, some from as far back as 1982. Some characters of my own, and others you may recognize. I won’t be holding anything back so there will be plenty of laughs. So lets laugh together and maybe share some memories. We all gotta start somewhere, right? Staying in drawing on Friday nights when most normal kids were out causing trouble. That was me. That’s where I started. Wouldn’t trade it for the world.
Swing over to the Piles of Paper Tumblr to check it out.
Sometimes when I’m in the throes of a big project (like right now, for example) I find it pretty difficult to keep things fresh on the blog. I like to post my work, other people’s work, and inspiration bits that I find on the web. I love doing it, but only so many hours in the day, y’know?
So, for the first time since I launched the blog back in late 2007 I will be enlisting the help of a contributor, Buffalo correspondent Paul Panfalone. I started seeing “Paul Pants” in the chatroom during my Signalnoise Broadcasts about a year ago, and eventually met him during my last trip to FITC Toronto. The dude drove up from Buffalo, New York to hang at the Signalnoise meet-up and talk cartoons and hockey with us. Dedication, right there.
Not only is Paul a designer, he also grew up during the same era that I did, the ’80s. He has a keen sense of remembering awesome cartoons, toys and all the great stuff from that time period. He has been posting some great stuff over on his blog, Swivelarms, and he’ll be bringing some of that over to Signalnoise for your viewing pleasure.
So, help me welcome Paul, follow him on Twitter, and you can look forward to him bringing some great entries to the blog. And bonus points if you can spot the design reference in that graphic above.
This one is for you, Philadelphia. It has been announced that Aaron Draplin of the Draplin Design Co. will be doing a talk down in Philly on September 28th, and they are in the process of kickstarting that thing to raise money for the event. Being a fan of that Draplin for quite some time (3 shirts to prove it), I really enjoy seeing different cities bringing him in to speak to younger and veteran designers alike. He’s got things to say. Important things. Honest things.
So this little note is to bring your attention to the event and direct you to where you can help the guys make this happen. If you’re in Philly mark your calendar. Get over to the Kickstarter page and show your support. At the point of writing this they are 80% there.
Just a small cap on this, man it’s great to see so many smaller design events happening these days. We’re a small but mighty community.
The third Halifax Design Meet is scheduled for tomorrow evening, Wednesday, July 27 starting at 8pm. As usual, we will be hanging out in the back room at Gatsby’s, 5675 Spring Garden Road in Halifax.
Should be a great time. Hope to see you there!
Here we go, further implementation of my new Signalnoise identity, in sticky form. I came home from the office the other day to find a nice envelope from my friends at Sticker Mule with a fresh bunch of my new Signalnoise logo stickers. Nothing makes me happier then seeing my identity on stuff, especially stuff I can hand out to friends.
If you’ve met me at any of the design events I make it a priority to get my stickers into peoples’ hands, and I’ve been real proud of my previous stickers. Simple, round. Those things served me well and if you managed to grab one, they are now obsolete. Out of print forever. Collectors items. EBay gold.
Enter the new hexagon sticker, which may or may not have been completely ripped from my favorite board game, Settlers of Catan. Draw your own conclusions.
Now, the kind folks over at Sticker Mule hooked me up with a nice sampling of their capabilities at the right time, since I needed to update my swag. But here’s the thing, these stickers look and feel different then other stickers. There’s a soft, matte finish … almost feels plastic. No gloss. The best comparison I can hand out is a vinyl toy texture. Seamless color, looks real, real nice. Big thanks to Sticker Mule for really knocking these out of the park.
So if you see me at any upcoming design events, I’ll have some of these on me to throw around. I’ll also be adding these to online orders when my store is finally set up.