Jon-Paul Wheatley

I’m a product designer focused on balls and new projects. This website is mostly a dump of assets in my /projects/ folder.

I have trouble staying focused on 1 thing which has lead to a long list of side projects.

Ft. Projects
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It came together!!!! The Burberry ball in all its glory. A very fiddly ball in the end, but I'm happy with how it turned out.

2 days ago,
Saint Louis, MO
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A WIP shot of my collaboration with Burberry. They asked me to make a ball from their iconic pattern. These 24 panels are about to become a ball.

4 days ago,
Saint Louis, MO

This timelapse captures a very silly mistake that wasted almost a full week. I'm working on a ball inspired by a classic Man United shirt, and in my quest to match the pattern on the kit I spent a few days figuring out how to screen print. After a few false starts, I individually screen printed a blue gradient on each of the 160+ panels. Only after that was complete did I realize the pattern wasn't going to work and the ball construction needed a completely different approach. 😅

16 days ago,
Saint Louis, MO

A week condensed into ~20 seconds. This is the 'cube ball' which has 30 identical rhombus shaped panels that happen to look like little cubes.

about 1 month ago,
Saint Louis, MO
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A still pulled from a timelapse stitching up my “idea ball”. It's a ball made from dry erase board material so I can draw all over it to explore new ball ideas. It's a tool. Not meant to be played with.

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about 2 months ago,
Saint Louis, MO
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Apple TV asked me to make a ball for MLS goalkeeper of the year: Roman Burki. It was an intense week to get it done before the deadline, but I really enjoyed it. The construction is based on the lines on the new away kit with Burki’s number 1 running through the water.

2 months ago,
Saint Louis, MO
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The first of man 'ball drops'. Every ball I've made (that I'm not embarassed by) was dropped onto 2 reluctant but willing participants. It's 'marketing' for 12 Pentagons, but also something that I really wanted to do and was a lot of fun. You can view the full slow motion video on 12p.com.

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2 months ago,
Saint Louis, MO
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About half way through my 'truchet tile' ball. One of my personal favorites. A new path is created for every rotation of the panels on the ball. If we ever did a run of these, each balls would be completely unique!

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2 months ago,
Saint Louis, MO
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A tetris inspired ball made for the first person to beat the game: 'Blue Scuti'.

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3 months ago,
Saint Louis, MO
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The tetris ball WIP.

3 months ago,
Saint Louis, MO