Who is Jono?
Jonathan (Jono) Brandel is an award winning graphic designer and computer programmer. He comes from mixed heritage, an American of Filipino and Polish descent. As such Jono pairs distinct subjects to frame the creative process. These combinations range from latin and emojis to lithography and pixel sorting. While pairings vary, his use of technology makes for an accessible tenor to the objects and experiences he produces. This attention to detail allows people to access complex subject matters including positivism, the collision of black holes, and music composition through simple gestures and vibrant moving images.
With a Bachelor’s in Design | Media Arts, a Minor in Latin from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a Master of Fine Arts in New Media from Paris College of Art, Jono’s work has been shown at international festivals including TED, Sundance, Tribeca Film Festival, SIGGRAPH, and the Japan Media Arts Festival. His commitment to Visual Music has sparked collaborations with musicians including applications with Lullatone, a live performance with Nosaj Thing, and interactive music videos for the likes of Matthew Dear, the Chemical Brothers, and Kimbra.
To develop his projects, Jono writes custom software and actively participates in open source communities. He shares his own libraries such as Two.js, a two-dimensional drawing library for the web. This library and many others are freely available and actively maintained to help promote the creative expression of individuals worldwide.
In 2020 I began openly discussing my practice, which includes artistic, creative, technical, and entrepreneurial challenges, motivations, and insights. This newsletter and website are the repository of my findings. Also, I occasionally give away free pieces exclusively to subscribers.
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