Jan Willem Wennekes, also known as Stinger, crafts a killer monster. Well, “killer” in its most docile, endearing sense — because the creatures of this Netherlands-based designer have always had more success drawing aww's than arghh's!
As founder of Zeptonn Lab, Stinger cranks out his unique style of design for clients like PlayStation, Popcling, and Threadless, as well as a solid variety of art, design, and online publications. In between those projects, this eco-conscious designer spends his time creating some of the best books you've ever laid claws on, including one of our all-time favorites, Stingermania.
Just in time for the release of his newest book, Black & White Freedrawings (site coming soon), we chatted with Stinger about his work, his education, and how he's using both to make his world a pretty wonderful place.
Odds are that at some point this summer, having the heat beat down mercilessly on the top of your head is going to make you want to seek some shade. Whether you’re on the beach, in the middle of some oasis-free desert, or perhaps roaming through a sun-soaked urban canyon … it might not be so easy to avoid ultraviolet rays on your own. That’s why it’s always convenient to have a hat on hand. If you’re looking for a more stylish alternative than donning the logo of your local hapless sports franchise, the folks from Brixton Ltd. are here to help. The So Cal-based hat designers have quite the array of options when it comes to keeping your noggin cool, with everything from the Castor — a straw fedora that might make Indiana Jones forsake his signature costume — to the Leland, a new-fangled take on the old fishing hat. If you still fancy your good ol’ ball cap they’ve got a version of that too. Whatever type of hat you fancy Brixton’s got you covered.
Now that summer’s in full swing, it’s pretty much a given that there’s going to be a lot of grilling going on. If you don’t have a gas grill, odds are you might have to employ the traditional combination of hot coals and lighter fluid to get the party started. Unfortunately, that often leads to a fluid-infused food flavoring. If you’d like to avoid that taste mingling with your marinade, break from the Kingsford tradition and grab a Baja BBQ Firepack from Mike and Maaike, available at gourmet grocery stores. Their chemical-free charcoal packaging makes starting your fire simple. Thanks to its 100% biodegradable paper pulp makeup, all you have to do is light the box and voila. The two pounds of natural lump coal contained within take a mere 15 to 20 minutes to be in perfect cooking condition with the aid of the package’s integrated chimney design. All you have to worry about now is overcooking.
As if Scarlett Johansson didn’t have a huge enough ego as is, now she’s inevitably going to find out that a movie she starred in has inspired a stunning new line of bags as adorable as the actress herself. The Berlin-based label White Capri‘s Matchpoint collection pays homage to the style of Woody Allen’s 2005 Oscar-nominated film Match Point with this set of 12 distinct, and distinguished, white textile purses. They offer an air of privileged sophistication to any who just so happens to tote them around. Who knows, maybe Scarlett will take to slinging one around her shoulder.
Earlier we talked about smelly art, and now we’re ready to predict that the art of smell is becoming a trend. The Website I Hate Perfume has confirmed it for us. They sell small capsules of oil scents like "Winter 1972" or "The Experience in the Library." Their goal is to produce smells based around life. The scents conjure up experiences and memories so accurate, you need to smell to believe. With all the technological development of what can be created in our noses (referring to smells, not snot) it won't be too much longer until companies (other than The Body Shop and Yankee Candle) begin to prominently incorporate scents as a part of their shopping experience.
Italian industrial designer Djordje Zivanovic submitted a fascinating orb-like watch concept to the Signity International Watch Design Competition. Inadvertently, he has created an entirely new graphic representation of time. First there was the wall clock, then came digital, and now we have the linear orb. As Djordje explains, “The idea for this watch is a classic plastic bracelet, with incorporated lines inside the watch that show the current time. Those three line are rotating around the watch and show the time, while the seconds line is going around all the time. Adjusting the clock is easy because the watch is the touchscreen. All you have to do is to touch the line, click the adjust icon, and slide current time line to correct time.” Swatch would be lucky to get this one …
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It makes plenty of sense to us that a company going by the name Torso specializes in creating products that cover … well … your torso. However, this tee merchant doesn’t just dole out drab Fruits of the Loom that simply serve to make sure you’re not walking around half-naked. The Aussie shirt shop was founded with the sole purpose of allowing artists to express themselves through the humble and accessible medium that is the simple T-shirt. The brand, founded in 2007 by Matt Palmer, doesn’t subscribe to any particular design philosophy. It encourages artists to follow their inspiration, whether they want to create a magical forest of bail bondsman or simply draw a collection of birds that have burst into flames. While they only currently feature three designs, you can rest assured there’s plenty more great stuff to come.