We pack our bags, head into the desert and will soon enter Black Rock City – our minds buzzing with excitement. We throw all caution overboard and explore our temporary city with open eyes. But there’s another side to Burning Man that’s appreciated but generally remains a mystery. So as you finalize your packing lists and storage plans for the year, I thought it would be nice to explore some of the content and design projects we’ve created for you all this year – a healthy mix of creativity, education, inspiration, whimsy and just a little snark of course.
Let’s get slap happy
We stick them all over our gear, our skin, our friends… and everything in between. But where do the official BRC stickers come from each year and who designs them? Well, you’re in luck my friends, because I have your answers.
Here’s how it works: Every year we issue an audience Call for Submission (We received 120+ amazing designs from community members for 2022!). Then I do a little organizational magic (read: make a document), and every year-round contributor to the Burning Man Project gets a chance to voice their own thoughts. A smaller team then narrows down the submissions to around 10 or 20 selected designs that will be printed and given away to BRC citizens. The whole process takes over three months and it’s well worth it.
Okay, what about this year’s designs? Well, we won’t show them all, but here are just some the sticker we chose to print. Keep an eye out for these and more on Playa; they will be scattered around town throughout the week. And no, you won’t find the gate sticker here, you’ll have to wait for that until you arrive!
Designed by Chandler Johnson
Designed by Annette Jenab
Designed by Ubin Li
Designed by Harlan Riley
Design by Wendy Pearson
Design by Jackie Han
Design by James Percy
Designed by Gianna Spangler
Design by Victoria Molyneaux
Design by Vinny Olimpio
Featuring contributions from the following designers: Gianna Spangler, Annette Jenab, Chandler Johnson, Harlan Riley, Jamen Percy, Ubin Li, Vinny Olimpio, Victoria Molyneaux, Jackie Han, and Wendy Pearson.
What, where, when, who, why, how
That what where whenthe If you could you could…call it what you will, but it’s always a fantastic read. Greeters give you this guide to citywide events on the Playa as you enter the BRC. Many citizens will use it to plan their week hour by hour. Others take a quick glance at it and then toss it in their tent just to read once they are on their way back from whence they came. Plan your burn, burn your plan, amirite?
This year we’re trying something new. For the first time ever, we’ve organized event listings by category. We’ve also expanded the number of categories from seven to 21 different types of activities – choose events from Arts/Crafts/Crafting, Care/Support, Lessons/Workshop, Coffee/Tea, Fire/Spectacle, Food, Games, Gathering/Party , Healing/Massage/Spa, Kid Friendly, LGBTQIA2S+, Live Music, Mature Audience, Meditation/Exercise/Yoga, Parade, Performance, Radical Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity (RIDE), Ritual/Ceremony, Repair, Sustainability/Greening Your Burn , or others (wildcards!). Browse one of the category pages by time and day to find an event or activity that speaks to you, or pull that guidebook out of your pocket when you find yourself in one of Black Rock City’s amazing but perhaps unfamiliar neighborhoods .
Also, if you don’t read everything what where when Book the first night, don’t worry! We’re offering an all-new series of pages called Insiders’ Guide – a curated collection of camps to visit and events to participate in, covering a myriad of topics and interests. You’ll also find advice on daily life in Black Rock City, locations for helpful services, and even a scavenger hunt. Because why not?
I personally had the honor of designing the Insider Guide 2022 in addition to the cover of the what where when even; It was a great thing to create something together with Kirsten aka kbot, my colleague from the communication team. After a bit of concept work, we landed on a design direction that pays homage to Burning Man’s underground roots and let ourselves be visually inspired by the cacophony societyNewsletter “Rough draft‘ – a zine they published from 1987 to 2001. I sprinkled in some essence of 80’s punk rock posters and boom! The Insider Guide was born. Curious? Here’s a sneak peek at the cover:
Pssst… do you even want MOAR events? The online directory Playa events calendar lists every single BRC 2022 event submitted (they don’t all make it into the printed guide) and allows you to create your own personalized one what where when, which only lists your favorite events. Try it!
But wait, there’s more!
Not all of our content is printed. Besides design projects like the ones mentioned above, I also manage the Burning Man Project’s social media channels. For almost two years we’ve been experimenting with all kinds of new content – some educational, some humorous, some nostalgic. We highlighted more mutated vehiclesmore warehousewhat the community is up to, and heck, we even write limericks:
Limericks and graphics by Deets Shay
Limericks and graphics by Deets Shay
Jump to Instagram for stories which provide helpful reminders and a new one To lead what life is like in the desert:
Fancy a bit of nostalgia? Check out ours Night Day Photo album on Facebook showing the importance of immediacy in our beautiful but ephemeral city:
How about a good review? Keep an eye out for our new series of illustrations and still relevant information from the 2007 and 2008 Tip Sheets:
OK, I think that’s enough for now. I hope you enjoyed these random chunks of the latest design – I know I enjoyed being a part of its creation. And I can’t wait to get to Playa this year; I’ll be roaming the city for a couple of weeks Visit camps, experience art and find even more stories to tell. If you see me say hello! But don’t worry, I will ask for permission before I take your picture. see you in the dust!
hp Would you like your photo to be featured on our social channels? Use #thankslarry on Instagram, and I could ask your permission to do just that.
Cover picture: sTicker design by Gianna Spangler, 2022