Signalnoise Source: PSD and Ai files now available

I’m really excited to announce the release of my Signalnoise Source group of Photoshop and Illustrator files now available for purchase in the Signalnoise Store. This project was originally supposed to be available through the order of a DVD, but I wanted to cut out the production cost and wait time of orders. So, I shifted things to a download for more instant usability.

The purpose of my releasing these source files is simple, to show people how I work. I field many questions from designers via my broadcast, Twitter and email regarding process, so now you can have a look inside the files and even play with the elements yourself. All of the layers, modes and effects are intact so you can really get a sense of how these images are built by exploring each element. And if you used any of these files to create something of your own, why not upload your creation to the newly formed Signalnoise Flickr group.

You can place an order for the Photoshop and Illustrator files over at the Signalnoise Store, each Photoshop file is 150dpi at 1200 x 1500. Once you place the order you will be able to instantly download the corresponding ZIP file. You will be ready to open these files up and start experimenting and creating right away.

Now the stern bit. Because I would like to do more of these in the future, please treat these files with respect. By “respect”, I mean the following:

Do not use these files or any elements for commercial work.
Do not resell any of these files or elements.
Do not distribute these files. They are for you, nobody else.
Do not print these files and sell them.

I can’t stress it enough to abide by these simple rules. These files are made available to folks who would like a deeper understanding of Photoshop and Illustrator, how I arrange elements to achieve the effects I do, and for a launchpad for personal experimentation and visual exploration. In short, I want people to learn from these files and have fun using that knowledge to create, not use my hard work in hopes of making a buck. So, by purchasing and downloading these Photoshop and Illustrator files you are agreeing with these 4 points. Cool?

So, swing on over to the Signalnoise Store and place an order as you normally would. But instead of receiving something in the mail, you will get an instant download. Hope you have lots of fun playing with the elements I’m making available, and remember to post your creations to the newly formed Signalnoise Flickr group. Lets get this giant collaboration going, kids.

Signalnoise and Armada Skis

I’m really excited to announce that the awesome team over at Armada Skis have launched their 2010/11 product line, which includes a set of skis I designed. Shown above are my Halo: AR Series skis now available through Armada or other ski product distributors. Here’s some product information straight from Armada:

“Creative application of EST Park Rocker to a park-specific chassis creates the next generation ski for carving between transitions, buttering off them, and floating beyond them. Stable under foot and loose and buttery at the tip and tails, the Halo slaughters the park. Patented.”

This is the first time I have attempted to design something like this, and it was a lot of fun and quite the challenge. Being used to creating posters that typically have normal proportions, having to change up my process to allow for something so long and thin was certainly a different ordeal. Lots of fun was had, and the gang at Armada were great to work with.

Swing by Armada’s website to check out the skis, as well as my artist profile.

Broadcast: The Signalnoise art show

• Just finished hanging all my art at Resistor Gallery.

• Canvas prints all hung up.

• The "Cleopatron" art show poster printed to canvas.

• "La Femme" printed to canvas.

• Every table had a pile of little freebies, including stickers and cards.

• A great crowd to hang out with.

• Here's me and pal Nicolas Girard, Metalheads unite.

• Skratch Bastid provided the tunes for the entire evening. He put on an amazing show.

On April 25th at Resistor Gallery in Toronto I had my very first art show entitled Broadcast: The art of James White where I displayed 13 of my works. It was a great time preparing all of the little things that come along with such an endeavor, and I’m happy to say I hit no snags along the way. The folks at Resistor, namely Kim and Ron were excellent to deal with and I owe them both a huge thanks for making this such a great experience.

In order to make my posters a bit different for this unique occasion, I decided to get the designs printed to canvas. They were printed in Toronto and shipped directly to the gallery, so I didn’t actually see them until I arrived and set about hanging them. A rather reckless method of going about this thing, but I was ecstatic when I saw the quality of printing. I had never seen my work on canvas and the texture breathed new life into my work, not at all what I was expecting.

The doors opened at 7pm and I was very happy to see a constantly changing crowd as the night went on. I saw the faces of old friends and industry colleagues, and had the pleasure of meeting a tonne of new people who came by. All in all, a wonderful evening which found me quite overwhelmed with support. Thanks so much to everyone who made the time to come by, it is greatly appreciated!

I would like to pass on a big thank-you to Nick Campbell, the Grey Scale Gorilla. Nick was nice enough to create the excellent retro Signalnoise logo animation which looped on the television screens all evening, it looked like something out of the 70s. You rock, Nick! Check it out:

Another massive thank-you to the ever-talented Skratch Bastid for providing the killer jams throughout the evening. He kept the mood and atmosphere super fun with his musical stylings, as well as put on one hell of a turntable show later on. He even catered to my one ridiculous request by playing some Iron Maiden. Nobody can stop you, Skratch!

Last but not least, big thanks to my pal Chris Toms for snapping a tonne of photos throughout the evening, some of which you will see in this post. Thanks Chris!

If you missed the opening reception, my work will remain on display until May 25th at Resistor Gallery, 284 College Street in Toronto.

Broadcast: The art of James White

The next couple of weeks are going to be really busy and exciting as I prepare for a couple of events, both of which are happening on the same day.

As you can see by the poster above, I will be having my first official art show on April 25th at Resistor Gallery in Toronto. Check out the Facebook event page. I’m excited to showcase somewhere between 12 and 15 of my art pieces printed to canvas. I’ve never done canvas prints before, and will only be doing one of each for the show. Once they’re gone, they’re gone. The show is called Broadcast, same name as my online design discussions. Here are the details:

Broadcast: The art of James White
April 25 – 28, 2010
Opening reception: April 25, 7pm
Resistor Gallery, 284 College Street, 2nd floor (see map)

On top of that, the art show will be taking place on the first day of FITC Toronto where I will also be doing a presentation entitled ‘Back to the Future’ on the morning of April 25th at 10am. My talk will involve some inspirational designs from the past and present, a showcase of my work, a short technical section where I walk through one of my process, some of the online tools I use to get my work out there, and a small advice section for aspiring designers. It will be a great time, I hope you can make it.

I’m looking forward to these two Signalnoise events, and have been for the past few months as I made the necessary preparations. The Broadcast poster above will also be available once I get some posters printed in the next week or so.

Looking forward to meeting all those who attend :) See you soon, Toronto!

In addition: FITC Toronto is also holding a gallery opening entitled Barricade at Function 13 on April 25th featuring the work of James Paterson, James Braithwaite and Jeremy Felker, 156 Augusta Avenue. Two cool events on the same night, Toronto!

FITC Awards Party poster

FITC Awards Party poster: James White

Here is the poster design for the upcoming FITC Awards Party taking place on Monday, April 26 during the conference. My good pal Chris Toms and programming ninja Steven Sacks will be doing a DJ stint at the party, and we thought it would be fun to create a Signalnoise poster as a bit of fun promotion. As it turns out, this design will be landing in the official FITC program as well, so if you’re heading to the conference keep an eye out.

Like some of my recent designs, the inspiration for this one was taken from 80s metal. I wanted to develop a poster that was simply over the top, beat-up, maybe a little sun-bleached, something that might reside on the wall of a rocker kid in 1985 or a tour poster for Judas Priest. If you grew up in that era, you know what I’m talking about. After doing some research, I decided the evil knight was the way to go which was pieced together using a number of armor shots.

I will be doing a small print run of this design to be available at the conference via myself, Chris and Steven. I’ll nail down the details soon to see how we can get these into peoples’ hands.

Design Discussion with James White

Design Informer

The kind crew over at Design Informer asked me to participate in their latest installment of Ask the Expert, where Jad Limcaco and I discussed all things art, design, inspiration and technique. The team really did a nice job laying things out and citing examples.

Swing on over to Ask the Expert – Design Discussion with James White to check it out!

TutsPlus 2010 Commemorative poster

Tuts+ 2010 poster by James White

To kick off the new year in form, the kind folks over at the Tuts+ Network asked me to design a commemorative 2010 poster. I am always in support of those people and websites who help out designers and developers on all levels, and the team over at the Tuts+ camp constantly exhaust themselves. They run VectorTuts, NetTuts, AudioTuts, the mighty PsdTuts and a plethora of other art and tech sites. So of course, I jumped at the opportunity to help out such an admirable bunch.

Additionally, Tuts+ are having a giveaway on their site where you could win one of 10 copies of the 2010 poster. Swing over to the Tuts+ 2010 contest post to see all the information. I created a wallpaper set of the design to download for your computer or iPhone, all of which are available on their website.

2010 wallpaper by James White

I love having an open-ended ticket to create a design, which was exactly what the team requested of me so long as it said “2010” somewhere. After doing some research on sci-fi publications from the 70s and 80s I took some heavy inspiration from Omni magazine covers. Omni had a way of creating interesting yet vague imagery, something that left a lot to the imagination. I wanted to strike that vibe for the Tuts+ crew, I even modeled the type after Omni’s title treatment.

Omni magazine

Initially, the design didn’t come together as quickly as I thought it would and the original attempts had me on a completely different course of action. Check out these early type-based versions:

Tuts+ 2010 poster by James White

I decided to ditch the entire concept and start from scratch, I wanted to do something more striking than a stylized number. I went back to the sketch phase and started working out another concept, and one involved an ‘exploding astronaut’ which later became the Abduzeedo anniversary poster. A big thanks to Sean Hodge over at the Tuts+ Network for being so cool as I fumbled about with my concepts in my search for the right one. You rule, man!

Swing on over to the post on Tuts+ for your chance to win one of the 2010 commemorative posters, and why not grab some wallpapers while you’re at it. Happy New Year!

Spread in Computer Arts Projects: 131

Computer Arts Projects: James White

Computer Arts Projects: James White

Here is a 2-page spread I created for the kind folks over at Computer Arts Projects magazine, included in issue #131. Every issue of the mag contains the spread where different designers and artists use supplied phrases to create their own piece. I decided to make mine look like a mess of stickers, complete with little vector designs hidden amongst the fray.

The little round designs came from raiding my vector archives, it’s amazing how much you can amass over the course of a few years. You can see the full piece in a larger size right here.

Computer Arts Projects #131 is on newsstands in Europe right now.