Archive for 2005
Jon did an ad for WipEout Pure on the PSP, which appeared in lots of UK magazines (Creative Review, Good For Nothing, Vice, DJ Magazine, Mixmag, Dazed and Confused, Straight No Chaser, Intersect and Trace) in 2005. The ad was for Jon’s downloadable Burgertown Races track for the game.
Jon gave away two pairs of coasters on his website in 2005 for the most amusing and entertaining description of preference for coffee or twa.
Jon designed a level for WipEout Pure on the PSP platform. There’s a detailed FAQ for the game that refers to Jon’s level, Burgertown Races, as “vibrant, hyper-landscaped.” All European Sony PSP owners with a copy of WipEout Pure could download the Burgertown Races and TurboWeevel Ship as part of the free Omega pack. Paris Hair, Cardboy and 123Klan also did work for WipeOut Pure.
Futuristic racing zips onto PSP in this launch title. As in earlier editions of Wipeout, gamers pilot anti-gravity vehicles in races where brutal combat can play as big a role as blazing speed. Wireless multiplayer connectivity supports as many as eight human-controlled racers in the same game. Publisher Sony promises the availability of future downloadable content, including new music, circuits, and vehicles, to help keep the race going long after the light turns green. ~ All Game Guide
In addition to Jon’s contribution to the We All Speak Football Trexi Series, he also designed the chase figure in Trexi Series 2. In the same vein as Toy2R’s Qees and Kidrobot’s Dunnys, Play Imaginative’s 3-inch Trexis are a plastic toy that is transformed into a canvas by different designers and artists working with various mediums. If anyone has this figure, and wants to part with it, I’m interested!
Jon did a series of doodles about girls for Celeste Magazine, out of Mexico.
Celeste is dedicated to the creations, personalities and subjects that outline the contemporary culture. Submerged in the actual tide (rush) of globalization, Celeste includes articles of international relevance according to their creative competitiveness, having in this way, global contents of particular interest between the Mexican public. The content of the magazine appeals to men and women with a high socioeconomic level and a cosmopolitan culture, who search new proposals in the creative scene as an important part of their life style. The magazine distinguishes itself because contains a great scale of subjects that are developed by specialist people of different areas, but also thinking in a public with general knowledge of the scenes that conform the contents. Like this, the magazine is attractive for specialist readers as for people interested only in creative vanguard, searching accurate and pleasant sources of information.
Lest anyone think doodles are just wanton scribbles in a vacuum or that the life of a doodler is one of abject poverty, occasionally, doodles can be used to sell candy. In 2005, Jon was asked to design a T-shirt for this Snickers campaign which exposed the abs of a skater dude in an attempt to convey “satisfaction.” I love the text on the shirt. It reads: “I’m only going in the ambulance if they let me drive it.”
In 2005, Jon did the above Stop Your Messing Around print for Tiny Showcase. The 5×5 print quickly sold out its run of 50 prints for the cut rate of $12 each.
Tiny Showcase was created by Jon Buonaccorsi and Shea’la Finch in November of 2004. They began exploring a smaller medium where artists could make some money, but art enthusiasts could afford it. Each week, they pick a new piece of tiny artwork and turn the work into a limited-run print production. Each run is printed on archival Hahnemühle German Printmaking Paper. The archival ink is specially treated and sprayed, giving it an archival lifespan of over 60 years.
Beginning in 2005, they introduced a new pricing structure where a percentage of the money from each print sold is donated to a charity chosen by the artist. This raises the print price slightly, but now the artist, as well as their favorite charity, benefit from each piece sold. Jon did a letterpress print for Tiny Showcase in 2007 and donated a percentage to Greenpeace.
Virgin Atlantic Airlines teamed up with multimedia designer, Oz Dean, who had been running an online competition called “Design For Chunks” to create a range of sick bags for use in their airplanes. The 2004 competition garnered hundreds of entries from around the world. From this pool of applicants, 20 designs were chosen to appear on inflight sick bags through mid-2005. Jon was among the twenty winners. And I’m a winner too, because I have a Jon Burgerman air sickness bag (unused) in my art collection.
The Hello Duudle project (a collaboration between Jon and Danish doodler Sune Ehlers) has spawned two books (2004 and 2005), several posters, lots of stickers, its own website and 1000 original drawings. The first book journeyed into the world of the Wiggles with a unique fold-out frieze design printed with hidden UV doodles in a wondrous sprawl of characters and color. The second concertina book, The Duudleville Tales, picks up where the first book left off. In addition to the innovative books, Hello Duudle comes with a selection of stickers and an original hand-drawn, signed and numbered doodle from either Jon or Sune. Some 1000 individual drawings were made for this project. All of these precious items are bought together in the second Duudleville installment in a beautiful luxury box adorned with sultry characters in lush, deep hues and dazzlingly hot, eye-catching gold foil. Very cool stuff.
Pictoplasma presented A Walkthrough Colouring Book experience in 2005 at the NRW-Forum für Kultur und Wirtschaft, Dusseldorf, Germany. Jon Burgerman, I Like Drawing and Dennis Tyfus covered 70 square meters of walls, tables and ladders with black and white illustrations, scribbles and character madness. It took two and a half days of work, after which exhibition visitors were invited to color in the characters, turning the space into an evolving colouring and activity room.