Speaking at Converge SE in South Carolina

Converge SE

The 2013 speaking schedule is filling up quick. I’m happy to announce that I’ll be making the trek down to the wilds of Columbia, South Carolina in April to tell my story at Converge SE. I’ve never been to this part of the States and I’m really looking forward to shaking some hands down there. Heard wonderful things.

This event is bringing together an intimidating line-up, including Mig Reyes, Daniel Burka, United Pixelworkers, Happy Cog and my friend and ally from out in Portland, Aaron Draplin. So much talent, now I’m getting nervous.

According to the top brass at Converge SE, tickets for this beast will go on sale January 30. Be ready, South Carolina.

Speaking at “We Made This” in Toronto

We Made This

I’m proud to have been asked by Héctor Ayuso, Director and top brass at OFFF, to be a part of his presentation We Made This in Toronto next month. I won’t babble too much, just read this synopsis of what will be going down…

“We will discuss the importance of place in an ever-more connected global community. How does defining one’s nationality impact one’s place in the creative community? Does place play a role in creativity? Invited artists will talk about their work and the state of design in today’s global world. The convergence of hand processes, traditional printing methods, and digital production are creating new ways to make and consume media.”

Now that’s a tall order with a lot of interesting dialogue to be had. Guess I need to start cracking some books to brush up on my smart-talk. I’ll be joining Hector, fellow Canadian Michael Brown (operator of the mighty Ventilate.ca) and Spanish artist Eduardo del Fraile for some onstage hi-jinx as we discuss the topics at hand. This thing was even put together by the Spanish Embassy. International relations!

So Toronto, mark down February 12 in your little calendars and come down to Design Exchange, 234 Bay Street for this 1-night only event. Tickets are only 10 bucks and you can grab them right here. Looking forward to shaking some hands!

Speaking at FITC Amsterdam 2013

James White at FITC Amsterdam

I’m thrilled to be speaking for the first time at FITC Amsterdam this year, February 17 – 19. Just over a month away and I can’t wait. I’ve only done a few talks in Europe to date and I’m looking forward to bringing my Design Renegade presentation to the other side of the ocean. Going to tell my story and show a heap of colourful work to the masses.

I’ll be taking the stage in the “hangover spot”, first slot on the first day. I’m real proud to be presenting alongside such talented folks as Gmunk, Hydro74Zachary Lieberman and a slew of others. Intimidating line-up.

Tickets are still available so get over to the FITC Amsterdam 2013 website and check out the goods. Going to be a ripping few days, and I’ll be armed with buttons and stickers for everyone. I’ll see you soon Amsterdam.

Speaking at Graphika Manila 2013

James White at Graphika Manila

I’m proud to announce the first Signalnoise ‘Design Renegade’ speaking gig of 2013, taking place in beautiful Manila in the Philippines. The top brass at Graphika Manila sorted out the details to get my Canadian ass to the other side of the world to tell my story onstage, show a heap of work and pull out some rock n’ roll. Lets do this.

This is a 1-day fest, and I’m thrilled to be speaking alongside the wonderful Jessica Walsh, Pixomondo, Sony Pictures Animation, Benja Harney, Buck and Devil Robots. Such a varied bunch they’ve put together and I’m looking forward to seeing what they all bring to the stage. Kind of intimidated, some mad talent in there.

Just over a month and we are go. I’ll see you soon Manila!

PS. On the way back I’ll be stopping in Toronto for a “yet to be announced thing”. Stay tuned on that one.

Thank-you Vancouver!

• Onstage, talking about posters. Photo by Cherie Korol.

Relaxing in the hotel room after 2 days of FITC Vancouver. Those Rain Wizards may have been up to their old antics, but that didn’t sour the mood of the event at all. The Centre of Digital Media was full to see the talks and presentations from some really smart folk, and somehow they weaseled in this jackass from Dartmouth.

Want to send a huge thank-you to everyone who stuck around until the bitter end to see my Design Renegade presentation. Those FITC goons put me onstage in the very last slot to close out the event. Honoured, I tell ya. We had some laughs, listened to some rock n’ roll and I showed a pile of work and stories. Big, big thanks to Shawn, Lisa and the entire FITC staff for putting on such a wonderful event. Always fun. Every single time.

Thus concludes the Design Renegade West Coast Tour. Just 2 dates, but they were powerful. My speaking schedule will be quiet for a couple of months before packing up my gear and heading to the mighty FITC Amsterdam in February. Can’t wait.

Thank-you Portland!

• The man with the plan, Dave Hardy!

• Everyone got a free Mama’s Sauce Gum Card.

I’m holed-up in my hotel room in downtown Vancouver with nothing but Portland on my mind. It was a whirlwind trip down there, only in town for a day and a half to do my Design Renegade speaking joint and the little trip could not have been better. I mega-giant thank-you to EVERYONE who came out to the event, hung around to shake hands, and even laughed at my dumb jokes. Fantastic and passionate crowd you were! Everyone who attended got a free Mama’s Sauce Gum Card to boot.

A big shout-out to AIGA Portland for running such a wonderful event, Union Pine for running a smooth and beautiful venue, and of course Dave Hardy for being the instigator and mastermind behind the whole thing. You are all in the Signalnoise “great people” list and it was an absolute pleasure to meet you all!

I’m now focused on you, Vancouver. I take the stage tomorrow (the 18th) at 4:35pm, the final presentation of FITC Vancouver. Design Renegade will close the place down. Hope to see you there!

Design Renegade: West Coast Tour

The Signalnoise HQ is now on high alert as I prepare to catch my flight to the North American west coast this Wednesday. Only 2 speaking engagements but I’m calling it a tour nonetheless. Lots to do. Lots to prep. Lots to pack. Been looking forward to this trip for months and it’s almost here. This is what will be going on:

Portland, Oregon
I’ll be speaking at the beautiful Union Pine on Thursday, November 15th presented by Spaceman Design and AIGA Portland. I’ll be bringing my Design Renegade presentation to town, tell my story, answer some questions, hang out, and make available some Gum Cards right off the press. Things kick off at 6pm so be sure to grab your tickets asap. Looking forward to seeing and meeting everyone!

Vancouver, British Columbia
I’ll be skipping back across the border to speak at the mighty FITC Vancouver. It’s a 2-day event and I’ll be the final speaker, taking the stage on Sunday, November 18 at 4:35pm. I’ll be armed to the teeth with buttons, stickers and Gum Cards. Outside of the FITC events we’ll be planning a Signalnoise hang-out at a local haunt (I’m thinking Steamworks) so be sure to watch the Twitter for the time and place. Looking forward to meeting you all!

So there you have it. This week will be a busy one, but I wouldn’t trade it for the world. See you soon everyone.

Design Renegade in Portland OR

In a few short weeks I’ll be making my way to Portland, Oregon for a big speaking event in conjunction with Spaceman Design (Twitter) and AIGA Portland. Starting to get real excited for this one.

And check out this poster. Dave Hardy over at Spaceman Design took it upon himself to design a gig poster for the big night. Not only that, he wanted to do it in the style of my Gum Cards. A tall task, those lines and curves can by tricky but he knocked it out of the park. Dave scooped the Diamond pledge during the Gum Cards fundraising initiative in order to bring me to town. Then he designs this poster, complete with my Drive jacket. Amazing. Humbled.

A big thanks to Spaceman Design and AIGA Portland for making this happen. If you want to attend, you can register right here. We’re going to have a blast. We’ll see you November 15th, Portland!