Yer Dead Productions logo

As the Hobo With a Shotgun boys are busy completing the movie in Toronto, they decided to launch my design for their production company called Yer Dead. We started talking about this logo about a year ago but we really started moving on it over the last few months as the film came closer to completion. I really enjoy working with Jason Eisener and Rob Cotterill because they have a really clear direction in their head, which mostly revolves around stuff they were into as kids . . . 80s action awesomeness. Which, as you can imagine, I’m all about.

We went through a few designs before landing on this one, here are a couple:

The guys liked these initial concepts, but they were looking for something that, in their words “would look badass on a t-shirt”. Once I heard that it really set me free. I had a great time working on this logo for my pals and I’m stoked to see it on the big screen really soon.

‘Hobo with a Shotgun’ official teaser

• I designed the Hobo logo, to be seen in the upcoming film.

• Here's Jason hard at work in his studio. Grass roots, this is the way to go.

If you surf any film sites you probably woke up today completely inundated with the action-packed teaser trailer for the upcoming Hobo with a Shotgun. You might remember seeing the first trailer as the winner of the SXSW Grindhouse trailer competition, judged by Robert Rodriguez himself. Well, we finally have our first look at what to expect in the full length Hobo. Warning: if you are around uptight coworkers turn the volume down.

This isn’t just a plug for a cool movie, but Jason Eisener is a pal of mine from right here in Nova Scotia. Him and his awesome crew have been hard at work creating Hobo for the big screen, and even managed to grab Rutger Hauer as the lead role. On top of that, the guys made a serious effort to keep the film local, shooting everything in Halifax and across the harbor in Dartmouth. If there’s one thing I admire most about Jason and his crew is how grassroots they are, you can tell they have a real “get it done” attitude. They’re doing what they love, and that’s damn cool.

One more bit of nerdy trivia about this one, I designed the logo for the movie. Jason asked me back in the day to design him a logo for the SXSW contest, and the crew liked it so much that it remained intact for the full movie.

Frank Quitely on Digital Drafting

Last night while I was goofing around Facebook I stumbled across a link my buddy Ben sent to my buddy Dave. I don’t normally click on the conversations of others, but this link in particular dealt with one of my favorite comic illustrators, Frank Quitely (We3, All Star Superman). I was pleasantly surprised to find a 15-minute video (see above) where Quitely explains some of his workflow and processes while showing some behind-the-scenes progress shots on some of his illustrations. All of this was done using his giant Wacom Cintiq and Photoshop.

“Quitely demonstrates how he uses his Cintiq to improve his workflow with traditional media and takes us through some of the preliminary steps in creating a cover for the relaunch of T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents for DC Comics (see the finished version above).”

Man, sure would like to have one of those Cintiq’s. I’m a big dork when it comes to “making of” features so I adequately lost it seeing Quitely fire around a digital format with a tablet. This isn’t just for the comic fans out there, I highly recommend watching the full video to see Frank’s process at work. He shows some super rough sketches and thumbnails right up to the finished drawing and colors. He even sounds like a swell guy.

See the original post here.

Tron Legacy: New trailer and giveaway!

Happy Friday, everyone! I’m currently on a small trip outside the city to do some relaxing and wasn’t planning on getting back to the blog until my return, but as you can imagine I’m pretty excited about this new trailer for Tron Legacy released at the San Diego Comic Con. Disney is doing a great job of showing us a few more bits with every new release, and this trailer doesn’t disappoint. Just look at all that tasty neon action, love it.

Tron Legacy poster giveaway!

I have a few copies of my Tron Legacy poster left over from a small print run last year, and I think it’s about time for another Signalnoise giveaway. Let’s keep it simple, just drop a comment on this post and you will be entered into the draw to win 1 of 2 Tron Legacy posters. Just one comment per person, or you will risk getting booted out. This contest will go until next Wednesday (July 28) and I will announce the 2 winners on the Signalnoise Broadcast the following day, Thursday at 3pm EST.

Good luck, kids!

Logo for ‘Roller Town’

I was asked by Halifax director Andrew Bush to create the logo for his upcoming film, Roller Town. After watching the trailer and seeing some recognizable Halifax actors and comedians starring in a parody of 1970’s roller skating culture, how could I say no? The logo is a shined up version of the old Roller Boogie logo from the 70s. Had lots of fun on this one.

The logo isn’t in there yet, but I highly recommend checking out the trailer. It had me laughing my ass off. Halifax might be a small city but we sure have a lot of diverse talent here:

Signalnoise Broadcast 6

For everyone who missed the last broadcast, here is the recorded version of Signalnoise Broadcast 6 for you to check out. As always, it was a great turn-out with a bunch of wonderful questions. We discussed lots of design stuff, processes, some technical things and lots of other topics.

Thanks again to everyone who tunes into the broadcasts. You truly make these things enjoyable to do.

PS. Sorry about the long silence at the beginning. Ustream froze, yet still managed to capture my “what the hell?” moment. Sheesh.

Nature by Numbers

A beautifully executed motion piece entitled ‘Nature by Numbers’ created by Cristobal Vila. Stunning visuals utilizing geometry, nature, Fibonacci, Golden Ratio, Delaunay, Voronoi, etc. Essentially, the natural forces that bind the material world together.

If this film wasn’t enough check out the theory behind this movie to dive further into the rabbit hole.

Michael Bierut on Clients

Michael Bierut is a partner at the mighty Pentagram Design in New York. His client list includes Alliance for Downtown New York, Benetton, the Council of Fashion Designers of America, Alfred A. Knopf, the Walt Disney Company, Mohawk Paper Mills, Motorola, MillerCoors, the Toy Industry Association, Princeton University, Yale School of Architecture, New York University . . . the list goes on and on.

Posted above is a presentation Michael gave at the Galapagos Art Space in Brooklyn last month, a very honest, direct and humorous talk on the topic of clients. Good clients, bad clients, the traits of both, keeping good ones, getting rid of bad ones, etc. I found Michael’s points of view on the topic of clients extremely sobering, to the point of my feeling the need to change how I conduct Signalnoise in order to find those connections with clients needed to, not get rich, but to do good work with good people.

This is a video all designers should watch whether you are a seasoned veteran or a student. It’s a short 50 minutes, and well worth the time. Please have a watch, and please pass this on.