Inspiration: Expo 86 ‘Art’ Poster

A Celebration of Canadian Artists at Expo 86

A beautiful poster created by Canadian designer Nelu Wolfensohn for A Celebration of Canadian Artists at Expo 86, found via the Canadian Design Resource.  Great color palette, typography and use of perspective and shade to create the impossible shape.

“The type’s optical illusion symbolizes an impossible reality, a different universe, proper to the field of arts.” – Nelu Wolfensohn

Check out Nelu Wolfensohn’s portfolio for more of his wonderful work. I apologize for the poor quality of the image, I wasn’t able to find a larger version online.

Stop the Monuments V2

Stop the Monuments: James White

I have always been interested in collaboration, especially with creative friends of mine who specialize in mediums outside of what I do. My pal Jonathan Mitchell is a top-notch 3D animator, working for Delicate Machines here in Halifax.

“We’ve been looking at one of our songs from a different angle. Under a different light. So we can hopefully kind of see it for the first time.”
- Maynard James Keenan

Jonny took my previous Stop the Monuments piece and rendered the 2D design into a tangible 3D scene. We then played a bit of back-and-forth as we worked on coloring, lighting, etc.This was a blast to work on, resulting in something with a very different direction and atmosphere from the original.

Art show at Fast Times 12

Fast Times 12 James White

If you are in Halifax on October 9, swing by Tribeca Bar Bistro for Fast Times 12. Fast Times is a monthly art and music event here in Halifax and I have been asked to be the featured artist this time around. I will be showing some of my artwork and selling posters for the art show portion of the evening (beginning at 10pm).

In addition, there will be limited quantities of the poster above given away during the show. See a larger version here.

Here are the details:

Fast Times 12
When: Thursday, October 9. 10pm
Where: Tribeca Bar Bistro, 1588 Granville Street
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
With music by DJ Vinyl Ritchie, Double A and The Rhythm Method

Inspiration: Roger Dean

Roger Dean

Roger Dean

Roger Dean

Roger Dean

The beautiful other-worldly paintings of Roger Dean. I’ve always been a fan of science fiction styles mostly in the form of television shows and movies, and I’ve been researching quite a lot of 70s style artwork from the genre lately. Roger Dean’s work is simply wonderful, naturalistic yet space-aged at the same time with a heavy atmosphere.

Check out Roger Dean’s website, and subsequently, Sci-Fi-O-Rama has a huge backlog of stellar science fiction artwork.

Inspiration: Vasava on Adobe CS4



I came across these wonderful pieces via Ffffound this morning, entitled Melted Thoughts by Barcelona-based design team Vasava.

These images, along with others on their website, were a part of the Adobe CS4 launch. Beautiful simplicity, reminiscent of M.C. Escher’s impossible spaces.





THE CHILDREN OF THE CLONE from superbrothers on Vimeo.

Whenever I am added as a contact by someone on Flickr, I always make a point of checking out their work to see where they are coming from in the art world. This is how I stumbled across the brilliance that is Superbrothers by Craig Adams.

I love oldschool videogames spanning Atari, Commodore and the NES, and Craig’s art and animation is honest to that era while combining it with a vintage film style. Even though the videos and art are made of tiny(or large) squares, Craig brings them to life with his unique style and texture. Wonderful stuff, and judging by his ‘.ca’ url he is a fellow Canadian.

Check for his videos, artwork and store.

Delicate Machines: Demo Reel 2008

Delicate Machines Demo Reel 2008

Delicate Machines Demo Reel 2008

Delicate Machines Demo Reel 2008

My good friends Joel Lelièvre and Jonathan Mitchell are the guys behind the visual effects powerhouse Delicate Machines, located here in Halifax. They have a hefty portfolio which includes client work for Samsung, Coors, Johnnie Walker, MTV, Madonna, and so on. The caliber of their work speaks for itself.

They have just released the Delicate Machines Demo Reel 2008 which includes all of their current modeling, texturing, lighting, animation and compositing work.

Inspiration: Logos by Paul Rand

Paul Rand

Paul Rand

The great Paul Rand (1914 – 1996), an American graphic designer best known for his corporate identity and collateral design. Along with my previous post about Saul Bass, Rand developed some of the greatest identities of the 1900s, most of which are still in use today. Shown above are:

1. American Broadcasting Corporation (ABC): 1962
2. IBM: 1972
3. United Parcel Service (UPS): 1961
4. Ford Motor Company (unused): 1966
5. Westinghouse: 1960
6. Yale University Press: 1985
7. Consolidated Cigar Corporation: 1959
8. Atlas Crankshaft Corporation: 1964

It is a huge shame that the Ford logo shown above went unused. Developed in 1966 it perfectly captures the forward-thinking nature of technology at the time while maintaining the Ford brand. Check out Rand’s extensive portfolio gallery at