Tutorial: Creating an abstract vinyl sleeve with graphic textures

Maarten Kleyne, a freelance graphic designer from the Netherlands, feels music. Kleyne believes wholeheartedly that music is a key element in the creation of his final product. Inspired by the works of Steven Wilson and Lasse Hoile, his portfolio is filled with images including cd packaging, posters and collaboration artwork. Recently, WMC Fest alum Maarten cranked up his stereo, picked up his camera and created some texture packs for Go Media’s Arsenal. We are so proud to add his texture packs into our resource library.

We’ve asked Maarten to create a tutorial based on these textures, in order to demonstrate how you might like to apply them.

Supper Time

Switch It Up

Faced with the assignment to make a short film based on the question, “What’s the best thing you’ve ever eaten?” Los Angeles-based CG artist John Robson opted to put the question to a friend’s three-year-old son and film the kid’s response. The result is Supper Time! and, well, let’s just say you’ll never look at spaghetti the same way again.

20 Inspiring Designs From Our Friends on Pinterest

Welcome back to the 9th edition of the “Go Media Guest Pinner Gallery Showcase.” If you aren’t a fan of ours on Pinterest click this link to start following what we pin. This showcase features the best pins from our Go Media Guest Pinner Gallery, so these images are the ones that you all found and shared with us. If you would like to be added to the gallery send me an email at [email protected] Happy Pinning!

Go Media Podcast – Episode 8: Interview with WMC Fest Speaker Troy DeShano

In this episode, Jeff Finley and Bill Beachy sit down with WMC Fest speaker Troy DeShano from The Old and New Project. Listen to the Podcast [powerpress] Show Notes We want to hear what you have to say about the…

Old & New Project - Round 3

Old & New Project Releases Round 3: Turning Points

For many of you this isn’t the 1st time you have heard of the Old & New Project. You may remember a post we did about the project last May which included an interview with the founders. Check it out here if you missed it.

Old & New Project returns this month with another round of religious contemporary graphic art. This time, contributors span both the globe and the current spectrum of design celebrity—with artists both well-known and up-and-coming invited to participate.

Earlier this year the creators, Jim LePage and Troy Deshano, opened a public call for portfolio submissions and several artists from round 3 are from that public call.

Parafina Co. Interview

Parafina Co. Interview

Carlos of Parafina Co. is a longtime fan of Jeff Finley’s book, Thread’s Not Dead. Recently he reached out to us here at Go Media, and we were so impressed by what he’s doing we decided to feature an interview with him, right here on the GoMediaZine!

Print Design Inspiration - April 2013

50+ Inspiring Print Designs

For years, we’ve heard people say “print is dead” and “it’s all about the web,” but as far as we can tell, print design isn’t going anywhere. From business cards to postcards, from invitations to menus, print design is far from dead, it’s alive and thriving. Just check out the showcase below if you don’t believe us.

Go Media Zine Artist Spotlight Interview - Aaron Crawford by Simeon Hendrix

Artist Spotlight: Aaron Crawford | Atlanta, GA

Inspired by vintage scary movies and Goosebumps children’s books, Atlanta, Georgia artist Aaron Crawford’s art could be described as horror with a sense of humor. Aaron is setting himself apart from the pack with his diligent hard word, intelligent detailed line art, vibrant mixed media colors, and constant social media hustle.

Future Insights Live

Interview with Davin Wilfrid of Future Insights Live

Last week we posted about the incredible design conference happening in Las Vegas called Future Insights. And they have graciously offered all you lovely readers a 10% off discount code for their annual conference.

Just click here to register and enter in the code: GoMedia10

Sakeachi Productions

Sakeachi Productions Video for “Any Which Way” by the Scissor Sisters

It was late on a Tuesday evening when I sat upright out of a dead sleep to reply, intrigued. Considering the source was my brilliant partner-in-crime, whatever hair-brained scheme he had conjured up, I knew that I wanted in.

So only days later it was decided, my friend Bill Beachy and I were going to make our own music video. Inspired by a Beastie Boys video shot by Jeff and Kim Finley on a Nikon D90, our motivation, too, was pure random ridiculousness.

Poster Inspiration - April 2013

40+ Cool & Inspiring Poster Designs

Who doesn’t love poster art? Whether it’s for a band, a foreign locale, or a conference/event, a well designed poster can attract attention and much deserved praise from peers and laypersons alike. We peel them off the walls at concert venues, grab copies strewn around our favorite coffee shops, and even purchase them from our favorite designers and bands.

Our love of poster art is even evident in the popularity of GoMediaZine posts. Over a year ago, designer Tom Booth created the ebook, The Wall: Modern Day Music Posters and a post along with it called, “Modern Gigposter Design: 100 Stunning Examples” and to-date it is still one of our most popular posts. So we know that you will love the collection of some of the most inspiring posters we love. From vintage to modern, national to international, these posters showcase some of the best designs to inspire you!

Future Insights Live

Future Insights Live

Go Media was recently contacted by Future Insights about offering all you lovely readers a 10% off discount code for their annual conference. And how could we deny you such an amazing offer!

Just click here and enter in the code: GoMedia10

33 Inspiring Designs From Our Friends On Pinterest

Welcome back to the 8th edition of the “Go Media Guest Pinner Gallery Showcase.” If you aren’t a fan of ours on Pinterest click this link to start following what we pin. This showcase features the best pins from our Go Media Guest Pinner Gallery, so these images are the ones that you all found and shared with us. If you would like to be added to the gallery send me an email at [email protected] Happy Pinning!

Rockhart Clothing Interview

Rockhart Clothing Interview

Who is Rockhart Clothing? Andrew of Rockhart Clothing is a longtime fan of Jeff Finley‘s book, Thread’s Not Dead. Recently he reached out to us here at Go Media, and we were so impressed by what he’s doing we decided to feature an…

Go Media Podcast – Episode 7: How to Close Design Leads

In this episode, Jeff Finley and Bill Beachy sit down to talk through a chapter from Bill’s upcoming book. In that discussion, Bill talks about putting yourself in a position to get hired by a client by putting together a great proposal.

35 Inspiring Vintage Illustrations

Who doesn’t love vintage? Not us! There has been a growing trend of vintage inspired designs. From packaging to typography, from posters to web designs, the vintage look is pervasive in the graphic design field right now. This is a showcase of the best vintage illustrations we could find on the web! Some are from yesteryear and others are inspired by those retro designs. You will see everything from packaging, to posters, to book covers, so checkout the showcase below for inspiration for your next design project.

The Top 5 Things I’ve Learned at Go Media

To borrow some wit from the great Groucho Marx: “Before I speak, I have something important to say.”

That something important is to announce I’m leaving Go Media after five remarkable years.

Although it’s a bittersweet moment, I know that the future of this company is bigger and brighter than any one person. Go Media has truly done some inspiring and meaningful things during my time here — but they’re only just getting started.

Because this is a farewell post in disguise, please forgive me while I reflect on some of my favorite moments at this amazing company.

Ampergram: Capture. Tag. Type. Share.

Designers and non-designers alike, everyone experiences typography in everyday life. Whether it’s transportation signage, your employer’s branding, the letters on the old ballpark facade, the list goes on and on. Some of these letters are new to you and some of them remind you of childhood and times passed. If you do resonate with these characters that you see, would you still connect with them if they were taken out of their surroundings? Would you still be able to pinpoint which H is from the HOLLYWOOD sign and which W is from the Welcome to Las Vegas? More than likely you would. Each of these letters has a very distinct quality about them.

Creativity Fueled by Community – Meet our Extended Family!

Have you met our Extended Family? We collaborate with a community of specialists who extend our capabilities by enabling us to fulfill a wider range of project requirements. These specialists comprise our Extended Family.

By plugging into this community, you can reap the benefits of a full service agency without losing the passion or focused expertise of a specialty firm. We’ve curated a selection of top of class businesses with a passionate focus on what they do best in order to extend comprehensive, yet expert services from full scope marketing services to intellectual property attorneys.

In our ongoing quest to become a true business ally, we journey alongside you to help you get where you want to go. We believe success isn’t just about increasing the bottom line – it’s also about designing and implementing strategies to provide top notch customer experiences and form lasting relationships. Because our creativity is fueled by community!

30 Cool & Creative Packaging Designs

We here at Go Media are no strangers to Packaging Design. In fact, our very own Adam Law wrote an incredible post titled, “5 Tips for Creating Successful Packaging Design.” Because of Adam’s post, we have received numerous inquiries from companies interested in commissioning us for packaging design. Creating successful packaging designs is a “must have” for any designer. And it’s not just about the actual box or label. As a designer you can come up with new and innovative ways to package the actual product so you see you are more than just a graphic designer, you are also a product designer.

custom sticker for wmc fest

Tutorial: How to Design and Print Custom Silk Screen Die-Cut Stickers

This post is a revealing walk-through behind the design, illustration, and sticker printing process. I’m proud to show off the new artwork I created for the upcoming Weapons of Mass Creation Fest 4 event.  The artwork below is going to be…

40+ Beautifully Illustrated Websites

When Go Media got it’s start in 2003, we primarily did illustration work. As the times changed and the market made increasing demands for web and interactive work, we adapted and began creating websites to meet the clamoring of clients. We would never forget our roots, though, and we infuse our illustration sensibility into many of the websites we design.

Now for many of you out there, especially the UX and Front-End Designers of the world, the visible look of the website is important but not nearly as important as the functionality and interface design. The showcase you will see below features the intersection of illustration and web design and that is the focus of the sites we have featured. Keep scrolling to get inspiration for your next website design.

Illustrate & Design an Alternative Gig Poster in Photoshop

Last year, I was commissioned to create a poster/flyer for a heavy rock venue in the UK. The instructions I got were that they wanted something “edgy” and “hardcore”. Punk rock artwork is something that I typically do and I had created similar images for bands in the past, so it was the perfect project for my particular skillset.

29 Inspiring Designs From Our Friends on Pinterest

Welcome back to the 7th edition of the “Go Media Guest Pinner Gallery Showcase.” If you aren’t a fan of ours on Pinterest click this link to start following what we pin. This showcase features the best pins from our Go Media Guest Pinner Gallery, so these images are the ones that you all found and shared with us. If you would like to be added to the gallery send me an email at [email protected] Happy Pinning!