I had the amazing opportunity to contribute to the visual identity for this year’s VidCon, held once again in the Anaheim Convention Centre.
There were quite a few felt-tip preliminary sketches of some themes. One included an “VidCon Island,” which had the logo as its own land mass, and another which made the logo into a sort of coat of arms. But the one we settled on was the Tiles.
- First sketches of the chosen design.
I was given the original VidCon logo as a starting point. From there I created the series of tiles, which would each represent an aspect of the convention. The blue tiles would represent the industry side, and the red ones would focus more on the community side! Each of them had to look like they had been hand painted, so they have a rough edge to them.
The two things I created were the poster and the shirt. The shirt was given out to everyone attending, which is absolutely amazing to think that there are potentially 18,000 people who now own that shirt.
The tiles, along with the updated logo, were handed over to the guys at VidCon to arrange all other aspects of the convention branding, including the amazing giant banner in front of the convention centre, the passes, directional signage and everything else.
Thanks to Hank, Michael, Colin, Julie and countless others for all their hard work on this years VidCon. Sorry I couldn’t make it this year. Perhaps next time.
So like last year, I’m making the visual assets for Summer in the City. This time I’m making everything all fancy and 3D. Above is a basic render of how Alexandra Palace hill is looking so far, but no convention of this size is complete without legions of fans, so I need a bit of help.
Crowd simulations and making individual 3D people take time, but also they can look a bit naff and wooden. Instead, I’m asking for anyone, attending or not, to submit a full body photo of themselves so I can populate this quite bleak looking hillside.
You can be sat down (preferably on grass already), be in a group of you, running, hand standing, reading. Anything! As long as it would potentially fit nicely on the hillside shown.
You can submit them to firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll do my best to get as many as I can in there.
Obviously by submitting a photo of yourself you’re agreeing to have your image, however small, printed on a lovely glossy A2 poster. They won’t be used anywhere else in either SitC’s branding, or any other projects. And you get to have a tiny little you sat on the hillside of Alexandra Palace. Please nothing rude or anything in the photos. I’ll also try and get a high resolution pic of you in there emailed to you, and you get to see the full poster design before anyone else.
This was a relatively quick turnaround poster design for a comedy act called Fall Girl. Below the final image is the incremental progress the design went through. The original poster they had for the show, following through into the final design. Rosie Holt was brilliant to work for. Provided everything I needed and was concise with her feedback.
The Iron Giant, as you may or may not know, is one of my most favourite films ever. And sadly, its not had a Blu Ray release yet. FOR SHAME WARNER BROTHERS!
Brad Bird, ace director, has been chatting to WB about it, but they are convinced that its only worthy of a bog standard one disk thing, maybe with one directors commentary on or something. FOR SHAME TWICE WARNER BROTHERS!
Personally, I’d love a great looking steel book, with a sleeve over the front with the scrap Superman logo, some postcards inside for different places in the film, maybe a little fact file from Ted Mansley about Giant sightings. One disk with the film, one .mov of the film on the other disk for use elsewhere, and a bonus disk filled with all the original bonus features, plus retrospectives from the cast and crew, updated commentaries, and a look into the complex process it was to make 2D and 3D animation work so seamlessly, and maybe even a short documentary into the history of Warner Brothers animation, and what was happening with the studio at that time to make them want to shut down.
But thats just me.
If you want something similar, tweet @WBHomeEnt, letting them know you want a Blu Ray version better than just your standard old thing. Hopefully they will listen, and hopefully I’ll get my SteelBook.
Thats been an update. I’ll have more posters one day I promise.