Posts Tagged ‘digital’
In 2004, Jon had a guest spot on Andrew Bell’s Creatures In My Head blog. While most of the other guest artists took a more “traditional” creature approach, Jon gave us the “You Have No More Money…or Friends” monster.
Andrew An anonymous user (see Andrew’s comment below) tagged it with, among other things, “abstract,” “color,” and “lips”. The original post is here.
Although I seldom use terms like “thingy,” that most certainly is what this is. You begin here by choosing “econ,” “norm,” or “sport” modes, of which, Jon somehow represents the “norm”. After connecting to Facebook or uploading a picture of yourself, you end up with virtual “mode art” that looks like this:
You can then download an unframed version of the artwork or send it to your phone or a friend. End scene. That’s pretty much it here. Somehow this is supposed to register on a subconscious level that you can customize the Honda CR-Z to “turn your life into a work of art,” but I think this campaign would be more successful if they’d teamed up with Infectious car art. Voila! My Honda (in real time) below.
I sincerely hope you are reading this on your iPhone (no doubt during a break from playing Inkstrumental). If you’re anywhere near London (and if my ability to translate timezones is anywhere near correct), Jon and ustwo, creators of the doodlicious Inkstrumental app, are at the Apple Store RIGHT NOW. Says Jon:
Get over to the Apple Store, Regent Street, London for a special evening featuring myself and London design studio ustwo. We will talk about how we made the excellent iPhone and iPad app Inkstrumental and probably act all silly a bit too. I may do some digital doodling throughout.
From 7pm, at the Apple Store, 235 Regent Street, London.
Some of you have written to say you’d send pictures, so please do. For the rest of us who are on other continents, kindly content yourself with my Inksterview.
I just posted an interview with Jon and Mills (of ustwo), creators of Inkstrumental™ on the Neon Monster blog. Not coincidentally, Neon Monster’s blog is another example of the outstanding example of custom blog design by The Neon Hive, who are also responsible for the fantastic blog you are currently enjoying.
Hardcore readers of Doodlesplatter will recall an actual coincidence. I first posted about Inkstrumental™, almost exactly a year ago today. Here’s a starting teaser to the story:
Inkstrumental™ is a fun game where characters designed by Jon Burgerman each correspond to a sound. You assemble a ragtag band of 8 characters (out of a possible 30 + 1 wildcard where you can record your own vocal sample) and tap them to add their voices to one of 3 backing tracks. (Or you can just button mash.) When you’re satisfied with the result, save it and share it. Fun for the whole family! I recently took a break from playing Inkstrumental™ for a volley of virtual wordplay with Jon, the “professional doodler” and Mills, “the Willy Wonka of the app world”.
Hooked? Hope so. Please read the rest of the illuminating Inkterview™ here.
Wow, there are a bunch of great appearances to catch if you’re in the UK in May. This one, particularly, stands out as a Jon Burgerman event not to miss. Brain Drain will feature new paintings, prints, drawings, digital animations and soft sculpture, along with key works from the last 8 years.
Jon Burgerman’s work often deals with the modern world, disquietude, mental phenomena and irrelevant minutiae. These themes are taken as starting points for the creation of often flowing and interconnected hand rendered works that are simultaneously painting, design and mass communication.
Brain Drain is a new exhibition by the UK artist. The show will involve the squishing, twisting and wrenching of Jon’s meagre brain to elicit revelational truths and insights through the medium of pens and paint. Augmented reality, dualism, twin earth theory, the pineal gland and the perfect sandwich are current concerns being wrung out.
Brain Drain runs from May 14th – July 11th, and smack in the middle, on May 26th at 8PM for a £5 sum, you can meet the man. This all takes place at The Gallery in the Winchester Discovery Centre, which, I kid you not, is located on JEWRY Street. Loves it! Someone send pictures! RSVP for the 5/26 talk here.
Well isn’t this just like our friends over at ustwo™ who are constantly on the cusp of cutting edge app technology and living by nobody’s rules but their own. We’re halfway (Jon’s half) through an interview with them about the impending Inkstrumental release, and BAM, they drop this new Granimator app for the iPad! [Note: The app's own website says it is available for iPhone as well as iPad, but after upgrading iTunes, downloading the app and syncing my iPhone, I can't corroborate that. The Granimator app shows up as an iPad app and is not readable on my iPhone. That's a bummer.]
Granimator™ is a creative sound based wallpaper creator. A free-form, immersive touch and sound experience that allows you to become the artist and create the best wallpapers for your iPad or iPhone. Once you’ve created your masterpiece, save your creation or show them off to your friends through Flickr, Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr and Granimator.com.
The Granimator™ offers an exquisite collection of ustwo™ designed packs which gives you access to multiple choices of graphical elements (styles, shapes and backgrounds) which you can touch, pinch and drag across the screen to create stunning compositions and soundscapes. Granimator will be among the first apps available when the iPad launches overseas next month.
“Granimator is the perfect blend of everything ustwo stands for: creativity, passion, motion, sound and style,” said Mills, co-founder of ustwo, which has spent £55,000 to date developing the app, with a further £75,000 set aside for further development. “This is an iPad app designed to enable users to create something beautiful, while being fully engaged with the creative process.”
The app itself is a free download and users will initially be able to access free artist packs from in-house designers BOBBYBOBSON, Gracie Miller, Laffers and Jason Gregory, as well as the eagerly anticipated Mentalism pack by our boy, Jon Burgerman. The next release planned for Granimator will be the Coolective Pack which will feature six more artists, including Pete Fowler! Make it for iPhones too! [Head's up via Saki, ustwo and Creative Review]
Doodlesplatter will be bringing you sneak peeks and exclusive info on Jon and ustwo’s upcoming iPhone app, Inkstrumental, as we count down to its release. The kind folks at ustwo have given us a hint at the characters to come, as seen below. Later this week, they will be releasing a panoply of character-based iPhone wallpapers on their blog, so tune in, or um, yes, we’ll probably remind you.
This is a fun and creative distraction. Code Organ analyzes the body of a website and translates the code into music. It scans the content and removes all letters not in the musical scale. There’s all sorts of other stuff involved in the “complex algorithm,” but if you want to know about it, you can read the About page. In fact, I highly doubt you’re still reading this, because if I were you, I’d have already clicked over to Code Organ to be honest. HI MOM!
Click here to see what Doodlesplatter sounds like when it gets synthesized. Click here to see how Jon Burgerman.com sounds in the shower. Then, go do your own websites and tweet about it.
We’ve been doing a bunch of wayback artkiving lately with various bits of Burger ephemera popping up on Doodlesplatter each day. The Twitter is really the best place to get notification of these 25 or so posts (unless you have the time to peruse the whole site daily). I thought I was actually (albeit momentarily) caught up, when Amir dropped me a link to the *actual* Internet Wayback Machine’s cache of Jon’s own site for almost exactly 9 years now. Nearly all of the images have moved on and the links are broken, but there’s some gem text still visible. In 2001, the site’s “disclaimer” read: “this site is still in its infancy and as yet hasn’t been toilet trained.” We snagged a few early character images. A couple even made their way to the early screensavers. If you have too much time on your hands, or maybe just a passing break between other matters of importance, kill some time and brain cells seeing how your favorite websites looked wayback here.