I was standing at the very end of a very long line for lunch at the AIGA Eye on Design conference. At some point, I was really trying to find things to occupy my brain as the line was very much not moving. And then, as if fallen from the sky, a cardigan-clad angel with a British accent gazed upon me with mercy, jutted forth his arm and said, “Breadstick?”
Yes, Jon Burgerman offered me (and everyone else in line, but nevermind that) a breadstick. Really, they were dried, almost more of a crisp. I was grateful either way. I figured he had to be someone involved with the event because his sweater was too cool be a casual mistake. Also, the girl in front of me in line requested a picture with him and also had to get a snap of it for her Snapchat. I’m dumb and oblivious, so I just smiled and devoured the breadstick.
Burgerman was supremely entertaining. He covered his full range of Snapchat/Instagram art, his curious projects, and the idea of sketching without always knowing your destination. His approach made it seem as if he was the embodiment of the idea that if you’re opening to seeing a good opportunity for a design or a doodle or a sketch, you will find one.
Indeed, Burgerman was so inspirational that I had to find my own inner artist in the moment.
Alright, I suck at it and I’m definitely not an artist on Snapchat or anywhere else, but it was fun and if the Burgerman himself likes your attempt at humor, you’ve succeeded.
Elaine: Doodling sounds easy enough, but it’s not as easy for everyone as you might think.
For someone who really likes to plan ahead and be over meticulous, doodling can sometimes create a little bit of anxiety. Jon Burgerman’s talk was engaging and super laid back. He encouraged his audience to look for things that are not the most obvious and the expand on what’s right in front of you.
I used to do this as a kid. One of Burgerman’s thing is finding faces and I remember doing that as a kid; always looking for smiley faces, sometimes mad or sad ones, but usually happy ones. This talk has reminded me to look at the ordinary in a new way, or maybe it’s the old way from when I was kid. I also would love Burgerman’s sweater, but it probably looks better on him than me.