About hellojon

PlayfulCommunications.co.uk Design Thinking (Social innovation and Service Design); Visualisation (Illustration, photography and video); Social Media Amplification (SM workshops, strategies, live blogging and SM amplification); Teaching (guerrilla education, curriculum for excellence, workshops in animation, video, digital imaging, iPad, desktop, more); Graphic Design (print and web).

Creative Pipeline, Perth

Creative Pipeline project is part of the Famous Grouse Ideas Centre, Perth. It supports young people age 16-25 who are currently not in education, employment or training into the Creative Industries.

In September of last year I had the privilege of working with Helen and some of the young people at Creative Pipeline. I provided training and ongoing support which enabled them to design, capture and edit a series of short films – the one below in particular – which illustrated the creative learning opportunities open to young people, creatives and small businesses in Perth and Kinross.

I’ve used the same approach with other groups: Fife Young Carers, The Young People’s Collaborative (V&A Dundee), Youth Action Group (The McManus Dundee, Museum and Art Gallery ), Young Inspector Volunteers (Care Inspectorate), 16+ Programme (Angus Council).

A couple of days of training isn’t always sufficient – this approach results in a completed final product and ongoing support and learning throughout the process with the participants presenting their own vision – not having it done for them.

If you think this could work for your project please get in touch.

You can find more about Creative Pipeline and the Perth and Kinross culture strategy here.

The Alien Cormorant and the SuperFly

This is part one in an ongoing series of short films (140 secs) about creatives –  what they do and how they do it – called #SuperFlyOnTheWall

Earlier this year I made a feature length documentary about street art (#OpenCloseMovie). I realised that I knew a lot of people like me, working in their spare time to make things. I knew someone making an album, a podcast, writing a book…

It made me wonder, and want to explore, what drives us? Equally I wanted to celebrate people who make things – either for profit, for satisfaction, or for the good of others.

To some extent these films are for me, an exercise in self-exploration through the minds of fellow creatives. They’re also for you, if making things is important or of interest to you. And I hope they’ll inspire your practice or encourage you to make something of your own.


Alan Cormack – Spare Snare in session at BBC 6Music

Part one is Alan Cormack, member of (John Peel favourites) Spare Snare, who recorded an album this year with Steve Albini (Nirvana, PJ Harvey, Pixies). Alan also takes on commissions (as he did for Open Close Movie) under the moniker of Alien Cormorant.

Part two (posted on Twitter yesterday (@OnTheSuperFly)) will follow here (and on LinkedIn) in December and features Monty Nero, comic creator and Kickstarter king.

If you enjoy, please comment, like and share.


This is what I tell my kids. Usually after I’ve turned off the wi-fi or taken away the TV or Xbox…

“Dad, what can I do?”
“Make something!”

For seven years now I’ve actively been finding ways to get people creative with the technology that would have had me giddy with excitement when I was 12/13 years old. Specifically the little mobile devices in our pockets that pass for phones (or tablets)…

There’s no question that the internet is a huuuuuge distraction and so it’s really important to make an more of a huuuuuuuge effort to block it out and get creative!

With a few clicks you have apps to capture and edit films, including special effects. You could also paint and draw, make music… maybe even get started on writing that novel… or, here’s a thing… be ironically creative (creatively ironic?) and make a game to zombify someone else!

Animation is a great one. The ‘magic’ of having an intimate object come to life is still an enormous fascination for people – a Frankenstein complex maybe?

Next month I’ll helping visitors, young and less-young, at Dundee’s Verdant Works to bring Lego to life! Bring your own device (be sure and download iMotion (Apple) or Lapse IT (Android)) or use one of ours. There’s even a dedicated child free session in the afternoon for you Lord Business* disciples.

This’ll be a fun and active learning experience that you can take away and recreate at home.

So make a date to make something with Playful Communications and Verdant Works:

Kids and Families: 10:30 – 1pm

18+: 2 – 4:30pm

*The character who glued his models together in the Lego Movie

V&A Dundee #MadeOnAMobile

On Saturday the V&A Dundee Design Museum opened to the public for the first time. Both Saturday and Sunday were ticketed by lottery and I didn’t even apply… avoiding disappointment!




As it was I got in for the first time the previous Tuesday to have a conversation about capturing (on a mobile of course…) the opening with the V&A’s Young People’s Collective (YPC) who I’ve worked with before.

The young people are great to work with – incredibly enthusiastic, appreciative and excited by the opportunities that have been given through the YPC – so I didn’t have to play it cool at all!

They put in the hard work and together we captured a truly historic moment. It’ll be fun to work with them to assemble what we’ve captured into a short film, however, you’ll find what we shared already on my Twitter feed: @OnTheSuperFly

Along with the young people I was spoiled with an “access all areas” experience – Friday evening was spent capturing the buzz and excitement of the V&A Dundee civic reception – Here’s our snapshot of the evening…

I was privileged to speak to the project manager of design and build John Tavendale as well as the architect himself Kengo Kuma:

The evening concluded with a concert across the street in Slessor Gardens and a light show with the V&A the centre of attention once more:

… ahead of the official opening to the public on Saturday.This is my tribute to the V&A staff who, despite the pressure of an opening of this size (and the scrutiny it was under) displayed the most positive of attitudes and reflected the excitement of their customers. And at the end of a very busy opening day they we’re filled with anticipation for day two. Here’s what they had to say…


I’m looking forward to getting back into the V&A and just relaxing, taking in the exhibition spaces and taking time to enjoy the views… of which there are several.

But I’m extremely appreciative of the memory of being part of the opening and look forward to working with the V&A and the Young People’s Collective very soon.

#OpenCloseMovie – watch online for FREE

It would seem that Open Close Movie has been the journey of exactly a year…

Saturday 16 September 2017: I meet with Russell Pepper, founder of Open/Close Dundee, for the first time to discuss the possibility of me making a film about his project.

Thursday 8 February 2018: Filming of Open Close Movie begins.

Saturday 12 May 2018: Filming/editing completed

Saturday May 19: Open Close Movie screens to 130 people at Dundee’s Contemporary Arts Centre’s screen 1.

Shortly afterwards: A few tweaks are made and 50 seconds are added to the film

Saturday 15 September 2018: Open Close Movie (definitive version) available online to stream for FREE on YouTube

This moment: Your opportunity to click and watch… (and “like” and “share”…)



Email (x) disconnect…


Apologies… email is down!

[UPDATE: Email is fixed, but please let me know if you experience any issues – thank you] :)

I’m currently working on a new set up for my website/email, etc and for technical reasons beyond my powers of articulation that means my email is down!

However, that’s not to say communication is entirely lost…

Until further notice you can email me at hellojongill [at] iCloud [dot] com : call me on or use the contact form here.

Thanking you :)