Joe Van Wetering is a graphic designer who boasts an impressive list of clients including: Semi-Permenant, New York Times Magazine, Threadless, idN, How Books, Hype Machine, Computer Arts UK, Columbia College and Echo Magazine, among others. His designs have been made into tee-shirts, iPod and computer cases, record covers, playing cards and more!
On his website Van Wetering is described: “Born and raised in Chicago, Joe Van Wetering enjoys pizza, Lost and Tetris. Inspired by the contrasting visions of pop culture and nature, Joe explores the continuously developing relationship between color and space, creating abstract visions of everyday life through his artwork.”
Van Wetering’s designs are no doubt reflective of pop culture, using repetitive shapes and bright colors to illustrate landscapes, citiscapes and even portraits, these crisp, geometric images stand out and stick in the mind’s eye.
As an artist, Van Wetering is taking his work to the next level by applying to Kickstarter, which is a seed company that funds creative projects. Van Wetering is hoping to raise $10,000 in public pledges in order to be funded by Kickstarter. With this funding he will purchase a laser cutter in order to apply his designs and create a series of letterpress blocks, prints and woodcuts. If you have ever used a laser cutter, you will know that it is one of the most clever machines because it uses a laser to cut into industrial materials, such as glass, metal or wood. See the Kickstarter video HERE.