Signalnoise: Cycle poster

Here’s a poster design that has been floating around my head and sketchbooks for about a year, so I decided to get it out and make it real. It was about time to realize this thing, so here it is. Signalnoise: Cycle.

The reference of this design is obviously Olympic posters created back in the 1970s, mainly the 1972 Munich Olympic Games. All of that work was created by Otl Aicher. I wanted to create something more simple then my usual work, and show some restraint in the color palette and texturing. A challenge to say the least, since I’m used to running hog wild through Photoshop and flinging lights all over the place.

This was a calmer process, I really enjoyed it. I’m going to print this up in the next few days after a bit of mild adjustments.






21 responses to “Signalnoise: Cycle poster”

  1. Davi Rocha Avatar

    Great artwork! It shows how versatile you can be. Congrats!

  2. DAN-O-SAUR Avatar

    Simple forms and awesome colour palette! Keep it up! (and answer my tweet HAHA)
    See you soon buddy!

  3. Matt Avatar

    Great work! This would look great as a Parks Canada sign for cycling trails.

  4. Corinne Avatar

    It’s always great to deviate from one’s normal routine and getting out of the comfort zone. Great poster! I like how the bars of color are separated by the cyclist’s different parts.

  5. Jeff Avatar

    This is really cool, I like how removed from your style it is, yet it holds true to your core designs. It would be interesting to see it in the more hog wild photoshop form just to see the translation. Love your work.

  6. james Avatar

    Thanks for the kind words, gang. Yeah, this one is far more streamlined then my normal stuff. Made a conscious decision early on to not rely on effects or lights. Keep things really simple and pure.

  7. ILiketoColour Avatar

    I particularly like shadow/gradient effects in the orange and green.

    Good work keeping it simple!

  8. richard Avatar

    I especially like the strength of the compositional diagonal from upper right to lower left. Cool colours and subtle textures.

  9. Moodyrama Avatar

    Yeah man, love it. It’s got a touch of Scott Hansen somewhere in there, must be the texture.

  10. Jorden Tually Avatar

    Different, but still amazing! Great style!!

  11. jballantyne Avatar

    while I do like the majority of your work, this one is really something special. the imagery is powerful enough to work on it’s own without a lot of dramatic lighting or other photoshop trickery. classic style, great use of colours.

  12. rupinder singh Avatar

    Woww…i like it… would love to see the whole series on this …if possible..

  13. Dave Avatar

    Minimalistic, yet signature James White with that “rainbow” in there.

  14. Ryan Avatar

    I also like these styles. Especially the simplicity of it.

    It’s funny you should post this. I was just thinking about something I might design related to bicycling while I was on my bike tonight. Look out for the Black Mountain Militia soon. No return.

  15. ricardo machado Avatar

    Straightforward graphics. That’s the power of design!
    One question, James: It will be printed on white paper or on “kraft color” paper?

  16. WE AND THE COLOR Avatar

    The poster looks simply amazing! We featured it on our blog: with an impressive mass of reactions. So we hope we could send some extra traffic to your great work.

    keep it up!

  17. DataRask Avatar

    amazing one, keep it up

  18. jerry Avatar

    are you having this print for sale?

  19. Joe Henstridge Avatar

    Love this picture, where can I buy it??

  20. Jack Avatar

    This is great! Where can I buy?

  21. Anderson Avatar

    Very good poster, incredibly beautiful.

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