Can’t even contain my excitement over this one, gang. I’m proud to announce that one of my favourite speakers and all around terrific guy Johnny Cupcakes (Johnny Earle) will be jetting into Halifax to speak at HPX Digital this October. Johnny has only spoken a handful of times in Canada, and us east-coasters are lucky enough to be on the list. This is bigger than The White Stripes coming to town back in 2007!
Not only is Johnny a talented visionary and smart entrepreneur, but he’s also still a goofy kid. The Johnny Cupcakes brand is infused with his design sensibilities, his willingness to pull some pranks and his love of the audience he’s cultivated. What he’s built is a true example that any of us can achieve our goals through ambition, perseverance, loving what you do and having as many laughs as you can along the way.
If you are a veteran designer, student, craftsperson, entrepreneur or just have a keen interest in grassroots endeavours, Johnny’s session is not to be missed. Tell your boss to give you the day off and get over to the Atlantica Hotel. Trust me on this. I had the pleasure of meeting Johnny and seeing him speak last year at WMCFest in Cleveland and he blew the doors off the place.
Johnny will be headlining HPX Digital, taking place October 23 to 25. Check out the speaker list, but most importantly get those tickets now, Halifax!
Big thanks to my pal Eric Miller at the Dartmouth Clothing Co. for coming up with that Canadian Tire logo spoof. Brilliant.
I’m proud to show some work I recently did for the awesome people over at Opera Browser. Today they released their Made to Discover initiative featuring an amazing cliff-jumping short film that you should definitely check out. Opera reached out to Signalnoise to do some custom “boy scout style” patches to sync up with their idea of discovery. So Mystery Box and I got to work.
Shown above is the brand new website designed by my talented pal Radim Malinic, where you’ll see my little patches scattered throughout. The second image above shows some other styles and variations we explored before settling on the nice orange ones above. Can you tell I was stuck on that compass idea?
Now you have to understand, Opera is a browser that I’ve been seeing during my entire “online” life. Back in 1995 I remember seeing Netscape and Opera… those were the 2 browsers at the school I went to, so getting the opportunity to work with these guys means a heck of a lot. Never would have thought 18 years ago, man…
Big thanks to the wicked people over at Opera for rolling the dice on Signalnoise!
One of the frequent questions I get asked is “Where do you get inspiration from?”. That’s a pretty daunting inquiry, far too big to answer in a few minutes as there’s no one specific place an artist goes to every single time. Books, movies, comics, cartoons, music… all over the place.
I decided about a month ago to start collecting images in an attempt to build a big Signalnoise moodboard. A resource that would always be available to me when I wanted cool stuff to look at, and would also keep me on the hunt for new rad stuff I wanted to save. I figured Tumblr was a great way of doing this. So here we go, The Signalnoise Tumblr.
Flipping through that thing you should get a very heavy dose of the Signalnoise vibe. Every image I save on that thing is there for a very specific reason, whether it’s cool type, a wicked lighting effect or wild colours. I don’t save just anything related to the 80s, only the stuff that nails it. I’ll continue to keep this Tumblr heavily curated to keep the mood focused.
So if you’re on Tumblr, feel free to follow The Signalnoise Tumblr. Get ready for some sexy, neon action.
Happy Canada Day from Signalnoise!
Much to my surprise at the time, around 5 years ago I was contacted by MTV and asked to develop a line of cool tshirts that played on design motifs from the 60s through to the 90s. A number of shirts representing each decade. Obviously I was wildly excited and dove into developing some visuals, seen above. Everything you see here is still in the conceptual phase, nowhere near complete. Never showed these before.
The project ended up skidding to a halt and ultimately cancelled, which was unfortunate as I was having a great time exploring these styles. One of those cool jobs that got away, y’know? I look back fondly on this work as it was one of my first big Signalnoise client jobs and really forced me to into a number of different styles all at once. Very challenging. But it’s kinda bittersweet. I wish I’d gotten this call NOW as I know I could handle the work much easier, and develop designs and concepts that I wasn’t capable of 5 years ago.
Maybe MTV and I will give this another shot someday. Who knows?
This was a fun one. Signalnoise and Mystery Box teamed-up with Opening Doors over in the UK to develop the first limited edition poster for their Creative Control initiative. We even designed the logo for them, seen above. A great bunch to work with, they let me do whatever I wanted so we settled on a nice cosmic setting and got to it.
I got the opportunity with this poster to explore a style I hadn’t done in quite some time, utilizing some fun and bold line work. I then mixed in a bit of the current illustration style I’m doing with some brushwork and geometric form on the ship. Fun stuff, man. I added some of my process shots above as it took me a little bit to settle on the layout. At one point the ship was a chunk of amethyst whipping through space.
A big thanks to my friends at Opening Doors for rolling the dice on me!
If you have been following my Instagram or Twitter for any length of time, you might have seen a slew of illustrations I pumped out back in February. The short story is that I created these out of frustration after a failed attempt to break into the movie poster world. When I’m backed into a corner, I lash out with new work.
Well, in the midst of creating those illustrations I got a call from Canon Canada who saw them and wanted to hire me to develop some camera illustrations in celebration of their 40th anniversary. Just another example of personal work leading to some rad client work. We had a really short timeline, but nose to the grind I banged out these fun designs which eventually ended up on some promo t-shirts for the event.
A big thanks to Canon Canada for rolling the dice on me!
I was blown away when a couple of the internet’s top brass reached out to do an interview session. Super proud to announce that I’m this week’s feature on my favourite designer interview site out there, The Great Discontent. I sat down (or Skype’d) with Ryan and Tina and we got to the bottom of all kinds of dirt.
This feature also kicked my ass to get some official and high-quality photos taken, all professional and stuff. I enlisted the help of my talented friend Krista Comeau to make me look all 80s, and she made this scumbag look like a million bucks. Just look at that lighting! Thank-you Krista!
So, take a break from your Photoshops and go have a read on The Great Discontent. A huge thanks to Ryan and Tina for the awesome chat!