Since we’re into the final week before the big day and people will be taking off for vacation soon, I wanted to take this opportunity to wish you all the very best over the holidays. Hope you have a safe and happy one.
Just a note, things might get a little slow on the blog after I head home for the holidays. There will be no Signalnoise Broadcast this week, I’ll be returning at the regular time on Thursday, December 30th.
Happy holidays from Signalnoise Design Studio!
I was a kid of the 1980s, which I maintain had the best selection of toys and cartoons of any decade. I’m sure many folks think their childhood was the best and kids nowadays are missing out on the wonder and magic that we had back in the day. But heck, our toys were the absolute best. In terms of technology, our toys weren’t the most advanced pieces of equipment which forced the designs to be simple and colorful. Just because you CAN make toys advanced, doesn’t mean they need to be.
Because I have the best parents in the world, my folks discovered this box of my older toys and set it aside for me. Click here to see a larger view. Most of these I hadn’t seen in 15 years, so I was thrilled to be introduced to these guys once again. Check out all the WWF toys in various forms, Biker Mice from Mars, the California Raisins, Garfield, Muppet Babies, M.A.S.K. and a bunch more. So much color, I love it. A few of these were given to me by my buddy Cal at Strange Adventures as I tried to re-acquire toys from my childhood.
Of course a lot of my older toys are long gone, but it’s awesome to have so many of them still onhand today. I take a lot of inspiration from my childhood, so these little guys will be getting a special place on my shelf. What were your favorite toys?
Here I am as Don Draper from Mad Men.
While rooting around my parents’ photo albums this past weekend I came across this newspaper clipping from May 21, 1986. I get frequently about how long I’ve been doing this art thing, and here is a small story that shows it’s been quite a while. That’s me, second in from the left at 9 years old winning first place in a town-wide colouring contest in Goose Bay, Labrador when my family lived there.
Now, the article says we submitted a page when we actually submitted an entirely coloured book of around 8 pages. Way more work then this clipping let on, to the point where I missed submitting the book in class because I put so much effort into it.
On the last night my parents let me stay up late to complete the colouring, then drove me to the police station the next day to submit the book directly to them. A week later they contacted my school to tell them they had a finalist. I was picked up at lunch time in a police car, siren blazing and drove to the town hall with the other 6 finalists from other schools where we met the mayor. Me and another kid (I believe the girl beside me) were awarded first place and scored $30, a small fortune for a kid of 9. I often wonder if any of those other kids are doing anything creative today.
And what did I buy with my riches? I didn’t even have to think about it…
Way back on April 20th, 1999 I registered my first domain name, Signalnoise.com. I started my time in the industry a mere 6 months prior to that, so this website has been traveling with me throughout the duration of my career. It’s gone through many transformations in both design and identity before it became the blog platform it is today.
It’s come a long way since I started noodling though graphic software and programming, and to celebrate the 11th birthday of the site here is a hilarious look back at a few of my previous website attempts over the past 11 years. Most of these are from the late 90s and early 2000′s. Enjoy :)
I kept things relatively quiet on the blog for the past week in order to keep attention on the Haiti relief effort. I want to send out a huge thanks to all those who ordered posters over the past week to help raise money to be donated to the Canadian Red Cross. In total, $1,187.02 has been raised, which surpassed all of my expectations.
I really appreciate all of those who brought attention to this effort, notably Applied Arts magazine for bringing people together for such a good cause. Thanks so much, everyone.
The republic of Haiti was hit with a magnitude 7.0 earthquake on Tuesday, January 12th. Most of the necessities of life, such as food, shelter and water have been reduced to near nothing and the poor country is now struggling with rescue efforts and the dispersal of much-needed supplies and aid. They have very little to work with.
For the next week, artists like Chuck Anderson are donating all money they make from selling their wares to the disaster relief fund to help Haiti, and Signalnoise will be doing the same. 100% of sales from the Signalnoise Store for the next week will be donated directly in support of Haiti. I will also include an 11 x 17 poster version of the ‘For Haiti’ design. Please note, the photocopied photograph used in my design was originally taken by Maggie Steber.
Big thanks to the following for their orders and support:
• Ramon Thompson
• Andreas Ellwanger
• Emilio Bellu
• Brandy Byrd
• Franz Jeitz
• The Remakers
• Luke Desroches
• Allison McCarthy
• Daniel Yankowsky
• Melissa Mercado
• Jonathan Mitchell
• Mathieu Cristinziani
• Andy Heckathorne
• Aaron Irizarry
• Matthew Hayashida
• Derek Hartley
• Jeff Simpson
• Cameron Duthie
• Dan Andriciuc
• Andrew Fallon
It’s easy to feel separated from things like this based on geography, but it doesn’t mean we’re not all in this together. Every bit counts. My heart goes out to you, Haiti.
Please note, all posters will be shipped out of Halifax next week, starting January 25th.