A thank-you from James

The past couple of months have been a bit of a blur with traveling, speaking, teaching, shipping, blogging, emailing, working and all of the other things that make up the day of a 1-man design company. It’s difficult at times to keep up with everything when stuff gets busy, as I’m sure many of you know with your multi-faceted careers. It’s not just about making stuff, but everything else involved with keeping things going. Which brings me to the purpose of this post.

Signalnoise as an online entity has grown far beyond my expectations over the past few years, building a mighty little readership that I appreciate each and every day. The people who take the time to drop by and leave a few words through whatever means they do truly mean a lot to me, you have no idea. So here are a few words to you hardcores:

You guys are the best, man. I really appreciate all the kind words, feedback and general funny banter you bring to the blog every single day. When I started this thing I never expected to see the same names pop up all the time, but here we are. It’s like having a friend drop in to visit for a few minutes. I may not have the chance to reply to everything said, but I guarantee I read every word you guys write. Big, big thanks to everyone who contributes around here.

When I started the online store to sell my goods, I never expected people to buy them. For real, not just saying that. I made things that I liked, not things that I hoped others would like. But over the years I’ve seen a steady increase in the amount of posters and t-shirts sold through my little store, and you have no idea how proud I am to see people wearing my logo on their chest. Never thought I’d see the day, man. Mega thanks to everyone who took it upon themselves to support the Signalnoise brand. Truly humbled.

I look forward to the SNBC broadcasts every single week because it gives me the opportunity to hang out with good friends for an hour and talk about art. That means a lot to me since Halifax offers limited events when it comes to that kind of thing. Each week I have about 100 viewers who show up to hang, offering amazing dialogue and funny banter. I maintain, you are the ones who make those broadcasts fun. Thanks so much for showing up, gang.

Speaking event attendees
Now we’re getting down to it, the folks who actually travel and pay money to attend design events AND sit down for an hour to see me speak. I really enjoy getting onstage and telling the story of my work, but the fact that people are interested really does mean a lot. I appreciate each and every one of you for checking out my talks whenever they take place, and stick around afterward to hang out, shake hands and have some laughs. I’ve met so many amazing people at these events, and you’re all awesome. Means the world to me.

Back in the day I never thought I’d be onboard with the whole Twitter thing, but holy crap here we are. That service has been my main artery for keeping in touch with everyone, and the word ‘invaluable’ doesn’t even cut it. When I’m looking for feedback, help, advice, jokes or just keeping track of what others are up to, it’s become an essential. Most days I work from home by myself in the office, and you tweet-heads make it feel like you’re all here causing a ruckus. High fives to you all.

In a nutshell, a HUGE thanks to all of you who have supported and are continuing to support this little part of the web. Never could have done this without you.






28 responses to “A thank-you from James”

  1. Patrick Avatar

    High fives all around, you’re a pretty kick ass guy and awesome designer James! Keep up the bad ass work!

  2. Timthing Avatar

    It’s what you get when creating such awesome stuff! ;)
    I hope you’ll continue sharing your thoughts and art for all of us to be inspired, it sure inspired me over the last couple of months to actually do something I love.

  3. Stephen Di Donato Avatar

    Thank you James! You have the right ingredients for even more success in the future.

  4. Reilly Newman (Zangaroo) Avatar

    You a great inspiration to me(if not all of us!)!
    You show us how to push the envelope, work hard, be honest, and do our best.
    Thank you for that, it means a lot!

  5. Janne Avatar

    Thank you James! For sharing your art, which is always inspiring and also sharing your knowledge about art and design.

  6. Jayson Avatar

    Well James, you’re welcome. Let me say thanks to you, because you’ve been a major source of motivation and inspiration for me since I started following you and your work. Keep on rockin.

  7. Sonia Sanassy Avatar

    No James, thank YOU. Because of your strong work and design ethic I find myself getting through a full working day and wanting to rush home and design my own stuff! Cheers mate :D

  8. Lee Hung Nguyen Avatar

    We couldn’t of done it without you too James. I got your back, don’t you worry ;)

  9. Martti Avatar

    It has been always cool to check out your stuff and broadcasts from the other side of the world. Thank you for sharing!

  10. Sergei Tatarinov Avatar

    Thank YOU for being so open to the community and doing all the things that you do with/for us, your fans/admirers/supporters/everybody… :)

    When I first came across your work and got to read about you, I had instantly gotten the feeling that you were not just another big name in the industry but rather a super friendly and all around awesome person. And that was true, and I realized it after the first few broadcasts.

    My poor vocabulary won’t let me describe how I feel, so I’ll just say I’m really happy to have witnessed all the cool stuff during this past year that I’m ‘following’ you, to have learned so many things from you that I otherwise wouldn’t learn from anyone anywhere, and to be a part of this great community of dozens of fantastic people that has formed around Signalnoise.

    In the name of the truck stop flare, keep on rocking James, and don’t you dare retire any time soon! And by soon I mean 20-30 years. I want my kids to join the chat room on Signalnoise Broadcast #300. :)

    By the way, I’m ordering some printable swag soon and I’d like to send you a few things, if you don’t mind. I guess I should email you to ask for your address as I can’t seem to find it anywhere on the site.

    Thanks man! Signalnoise for life! \m/

  11. Zvi Epner Avatar

    I’m just a fiend for good design, keep it up!

  12. John Avatar

    Thank you, James. For the many artworks, designs and knowledge that we’ve been inspired from your site, Signalnoise. Thank you.

  13. Dave Behm Avatar

    Signalnoise.com is part of my daily routine now. First thing I do when I turn the computer on is to see what new and exciting things you are up to.

    Thanks for the inspiration James!

  14. Shelby Avatar

    Thanks to you man and high fives for sure. The broadcasts each week would have to be my favorite part.

  15. Mat MacQuarrie Avatar

    Hell ya, the broadcasts really help give my portfolio direction when I was between design jobs. A heavy influence on doing what you love, personal projects and not relying on clients to do work really helped me out this past year. So thank YOU sir : )

    And the talks rule good sir! It was awesome chilling out with you at FITC this year.

  16. Ben Avatar

    A big thanks back!!

    I really enjoy how you’ve progressed, you’ve quit your job and went full time in doing things YOU want to do. Launching your own t-shirt line, making goodybags, start a broadcast every week, organizing little meet ups from time to time. I can see you really enjoy doing what you do and I love to see you progressing with new projects and sharing those with us!

    Oh and when you got that sketchbook for sale, I want one!! \m/

  17. Spijker Avatar

    no sir…

    See you in designer hell (or at the next snbc ^_^)

  18. Ben den Hartog Avatar
    Ben den Hartog

    And not to forget all the great people that I’ve met during the Signalnoise broadcast! A little Signalnoise family I guess :D

  19. Dave Avatar

    Your insight has been valuable and your art inspiring. Keep up the hard work and thanks for being there for the “little people”.

    God bless!

  20. Paul Avatar

    Thank YOU for being such an inspiration and so open with your public.

    High fives!

  21. james Avatar

    Thanks a lot for the kind words, gang, but I’ll stick to my guns and say it’s you who keeps the fun in all this. Without the support everyone has shown the Signalnoise brand over the last few years, not a tenth of this would have been possible. The best I can do is try to match your enthusiasm. Thanks so much.

  22. Riotmateria Avatar

    yea… but… we should be thanking you still! :P youv earned every inch of what signalnoise has become/will be! so were the ones who have to thank you for sharing your work with us. :) i know for me personally, a few of your vlogs and tutorials helped me this year at university for one or two projects! so thankyou james!

  23. Colin Oakes Avatar

    I will take your thanks and raise you double the thanks.

    You have worked very hard to get to this point, you deserve it. If it was not for people like you the rest of us would have no motivation.

    Keep it up!

  24. Jorden Tually Avatar

    We are only here because of you and your willingness to show us how all the amazing stuff happens :) thanks jamesy boy!

  25. Fill Avatar

    I can’t imagine a day without clicking a Signalnoise thumbnail in my browser’s favorites bar.

  26. Pentaura Avatar

    Thanks so much James for all the awsome work you do. It is a great inspiration to help me on my own ideas. I also love tuning into your SN:BC’s every Thursday. Keep up the amazing work man!

  27. Turksworks Avatar

    Keep up the great work James. Signalnoise is a constant source of inspiration for me and many others. Thanks a lot!

  28. DAN O SAUR Avatar

    Honestly man, you made me cry! Love you sugartits! HUG

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