Some days ago, the first ‘official’ poster for an upcoming Neuromancer movie was spotted by coming soon at the American Film Market (AFM). A good piece of art that invites us to “Jack In Soon”.
Leaving aside my concerns about the convenience of a Neuromancer movie, —you know, we Neuromancer lovers don’t want something that ruins our feelings about such an astounding book—, and given that this movie could finally be done, this poster has made my synapses to fire. I’m a Sci-Fi junkie and I’ll be anxious to watch the movie once it debuts. I guess that Vincenzo Natali is struggling to make a decent adaptation. This is something Natali said in an interview by Bleeding Cool:
[Case] enters what was coined the ‘Matrix’ but what was actually blatantly lifted by the Wachowski Brothers, so I’m calling it something else, but essentially he goes into this other alternative universe which a kind of Platonic universe, where everything is pure and clean and beautiful. So that would be very much a digital construct in the film.
I hope “clean and beautiful” doesn’t mean it will look like “I, Robot”.
This is real geek stuff. T-shirts based on the fictitious company Tessier-Ashpool S.A. from the book Neuromancer by William Gibson.
Unlike other designs on Memetic Tees, the idea here wasn’t to create a striking logo but a serious corporate image that would serve as a base for the shirts of the company and its various departments (IT, AI R&D…). Are you a geek? Do you work in an IT Dept.? What if you had been working for Tessier-Ashpool?
It all started with the suggestions of “The Doctor” who among other things suggested a design with Hideo as a protagonist.
In the novel, Hideo is a cybernetically-modified, genetically-engineered clone bodyguard/assassin in service of the Tessier-Ashpools. Highly trained in ninja martial arts, he is loyal and dangerous.
This shirt is saying “Don’t mess with me or the last thing you’ll see will be my blade sticking through your throat”
For the “IT Department” T-shirt, you can select your color. Here are some suggestions.
Come on, get one and show your friends you worked for the family that owns Freeside and the mainframe to which the AI Wintermute is attached.
When I created the Neuromancer T-Shirt (very simple but elegant) I was thinking of something to wear at night even when going to a club. I could see the shirt glowing around.
A wintermute design had been for a long time on my mind. I was playing with typography and trying to create some kind of logo based on a snow flake…well, many different things.
The other day I was thinking about it while walking and I had a spark of inspiration: Wintermute was programmed by the Tessier-Ashpool dynasty with a need to merge with its other half: Neuromancer. Finally, Wintermute unites with Neuromancer, fusing into a greater entity.
Suddenly I realized that they didn’t need to have different designs. Now I can picture myself with a partner hanging around with both t-shirts.
Neuromancer and Wintermute have the same essence, they are two complementary AIs destinated to be a goodlike AI when they merge.
The shirt is already in the shop.
This is a video of neuromancer T-shirt whith the lights off. I’ll try to make another as in this one it doesn’t look as bright as it is.
Many years have passed since I read Neuromancer by William Gibson. I always liked the Chatsubo bar. For those who haven’t read the novel, here is the introduction in the first chapter:
The sky above the port was the color of television, tuned to a dead channel. “It’s not like I’m using,” Case heard someone say, as he shouldered his way through the crowd around the door of the Chat. “It’s like my body’s developed this massive drug deficiency.” It was a Sprawl voice and a Sprawl joke. The Chatsubo was a bar for professional expatriates; you could drink there for a week and never hear two words in Japanese.
I really wanted to wear something about this. I wanted a strong design based on contrasts, something to be seen from far and good looking even if you don’t read the text or don’t know what it’s all about. The idea is like having been in the future having a few drinks at the Chatsubo and coming back with a t-shirt. Well, I know the Chatsubo wouldn’t be exactly like the Hard Rock Cafe but… what the hell…
Bold strong typography and the beauty of squared Kanji. Yes, those are the Kanji symbols for chatsubo, “cha” means “tea” and “tsubo” means “pot”. I drew the kanji with bezier curves to fit the rectangle. The most difficult part was to make the curves suitable for cutting the design with the plotter as space between lines was too narrow.
The design is printed by Spreadhirt in Flex, that is an extremely durable vinyl heat pressed onto the garment so it doesn’t fade over time. It will last more than your t-shirt.
Do you like neuromancer, or sci-fi, or cyberpunk or simply japan? Well, if so, I hope you like this design.