Adapt and conquer

Rules and regulations Every office, every company or every department even has it’s own set of (social) rules and regulations. There’s no certain right or wrong and it is always a reasonable question how long it will take to get used to local standards. Around the Netherlands it is common to have a month of “beta testing” the new employee, in this case me. That way, both the new employee and the company can see if the new collaboration can be deemed fruitful and if “the new guy” fits within current borders.  In a way this is comparable to designing/coding for different platforms and target audiences. Let’s say that employers are ...

Pop Culture Pulp

Those of you who have browsed this section of my website before probably have noticed that I like seeing popular artwork out of context. I simply love the clash of traditional characters and famous stories in a completely different setting to mix things up. Aside from that I’m a sucker for gorgeous illustrations and the very talented Ástor Alexander has managed to build a portfolio on doing just that; Pulling celebrities and famous pop culture icons and setting them up in a pulp like environment. In the slider below you can see a ew examples of his stunning work, ranging from well-known characters from video games and comic books to a few ...

Bonfire – Onder de schaduw van Icarus

It’s always nice to see a happy client, and the amazing author Hans Hermeler has gifted me one of the issues of his latest book “Bonfire – Onder de schaduw van Icarus”, for which Suikervrij designed the cover. This thriller has compelling characters and is a great read for everyone who needs a bit of excitement. It’s being printed as this is written so hurry over to your local online retailer and order your (Dutch) copy now!  

Personal profession

  After all, people who are happy often work harder and are inclined to be more creative, to play along with difficult situations and to pick up on new situations better. My position Like I said earlier; I’m not going to use Zoethoudertje as a place to vent my personal problems. But I have experienced a lot of problematic situations in the last 8 months or so, ranging from a failing relationship to family issues. And I thank the stars that I have had the luck of finding clients, teachers and co-workers who understood and gave me the space when I needed it. And i’m forever grateful that they did. ...

Happy New Year!

2014 has come and gone, and it has been really hectic for Suikervrij Design and for myself. I would like to wish you all a very happy new year and make sure to check up on everything Suikervrij Design does in 2015!

Norman Rockwell DC Characters

I am, and always have been, a pretty big nerd. I have been into video games since I was little, have always been fond of the typical Star Trek / Star Wars / Firefly trio and have a ever growing collection in comic books (mind you, not many people collect comics really around these parts, as far as I know).  I am really glad that there has been a huge growth in nerd culture, finally getting some recognition from the critics on the streets with movies and merchandise getting a lot of mainstream attention. But I’m not just a nerd. I also love good design. This is one of the ...

Disconnect to reconnect

My position I like social interaction and boundaries and therefore think it’s good that there are so many people criticizing this new way of communication and all the hassle that comes with it. I do, however see the good in developing new media and optimizing the way we interact. But it has to be humane. I personally don’t like living with or talking to someone who stares at their phone all day, though I probably have been guilty of being hooked on checking the Facebook app on my phone too. Let’s try and tone it down, maybe accept and take the well-deserved rest from communicating constantly and quitting the continuous ...