Friday, December 02, 2011

Super 8: Sign Painter in Use

Nice to see House Industries' Sign Painter Ad Art getting some time on the big screen.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Some days

Monday, August 29, 2011

Camera Strap

The Handy Dandy Hand Strap from Photojojo

Absolutely beautiful. Typically, I wind my neck strap around my hand when I'm travelling. I've tried a couple of nylon hand straps, but they're typically ugly and ungainly. This seems to be an exception.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Canadian Pacific Airlines

An amazing logo from a bygone era. After all, how many international brands sport beavers these days?

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Recent Monkeys

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Professional Guitar and Amp Repairers

Beautiful window typography shot on Lower Marsh street near Waterloo Station.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Saturday, July 16, 2011

On Accommodating Users

My frustration with a poor user experience prompted L to declare me an "edge case for life". Then my friend Matt thought it should be on a shirt. And now it is.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Title Design: Quicksilver

Today, I watched the 1986 film Quicksilver which stars Kevin Bacon and Lawrence Fishburne. Critically panned, the film is only really notable for one scene involving some pretty excellent bike tricks.

There's one other fantastic part to the film though and it's the motion design for the title of the film. It's a fantastic execution that embodies so much of the emerging styles of the 1980s. In fact, I'd go so far as to call the treatment iconic in that when viewed today, you'd be forgiven for calling it cliché.

I've posted the animation here:

Friday, June 03, 2011

How many developers can you fit in a shower?

Six, apparently. Taken at Reevoo's Dev:On hack week in May.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

From the Sketchbook

I'm nearing the end of yet another sketchbook. As the stack of remaining pages gets slimmer and slimmer, it's always interesting to flip back through it and see what I was working on or what was occupying my mind. Of course, as is the case with all my sketchbooks, it's filled with monkeys making comments or judgments about the work.

Traps: a common theme

Awww, he's having fun!

"Blerg" is another repeating motif

One of countless other examples

Thursday, May 05, 2011

USB Film Rolls

Photojojo, purveyors of all kinds of camera awesomeness, are selling USB drives housed in recycled film canisters – absolutely gorgeous. I particularly like the Fujichrome version as I have fond memories of shooting roll after roll of Sensia II 100.

At $20 for a 4 GB capacity, these USB drives are a bit expensive but they're sure to make you the envy of camera hipsters everywhere.

Fujichrome Sensia reborn.

Vintage cameras and USB drives.

Friday, April 29, 2011

Royal Flyover

L and I live right under the flight path taken by the RAF for the Queen's birthday, and in this case the Royal Wedding. Pretty cool.

Spitfire fighter, Lancaster Bomber and Hurricane fighter

Typhoon and Tornadoe fighter planes

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Automotive Type

Digging through my photo archives, I discovered these shots from Paris. In 2007, Citroën opened a temporary showroom for its latest model and part of it was dedicated to past models.

The cars were beautiful and the exhibition design was beyond reproach but I was really taken by the typography.

Exhibit design

Fantastic lettering and lovely brush work

Simple, clean, elegant lines for a logo

Fractured roof of reflection reflects

Detail – dig those illustrations!

Thursday, January 13, 2011

No Contingency

This may or may not be a meta-comic. Hard to tell, really.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Recent work: the Hype Machine 2010

Following up on last year's illustration for the Hype Machine is this installment representing Canadian supergroup, The New Pornographers. There were a couple of concepts that I considered for this piece: London tart cards (the postcards left by escorts in London phone booths), 1970s Times Square pornography, and cheap ads found in the back of men's magazines.

While sketching out possible layouts, it struck me that all of those concepts and any variation on them were far too obvious. As such, I quickly wrote out a list of adjectives corresponding to my concepts and then tried to think of antonyms.

Brainstorming antonyms

With a new direction in mind, I quickly settled on an aesthetic that paid homage to the Rat Pack, the Vegas of days gone by, cocktail lounges and luxury, if not class and elegance. It ended up being diametrically opposite to what I'd be developing previously. I'm pretty pleased with the resulting lettering and layout – my only regret being that I didn't have time to work in some ligatures.

Click to enlarge