*rugenius - 05.20.13 , 03:23 - 0 Notes

EMR’s Fruit of the Tree at RHS Chelsea

fruittree.jpg Here’s the latest from London-based editor and resident zoologist, Justine Aw from the 100th RHS Chelsea Flower Show!

My highlight of this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show was this incredible “Fruit of the Tree” display from Kent-based East Malling Research, who were celebrating their 100th anniversary alongside the prestigious flower show. The centrepiece of the display was a delicately extracted apple tree, showing off its incredible structure both above and below the ground. The striking display was designed in collaboration with Physical Pixels, who have been behind a few of our other favorites too (including, the Big Egg Hunt!). More photos on the next page!

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*rugenius - 05.19.13 , 14:20 - 0 Notes

The End of the Big Beer Barrel

bigbeer.jpg Here’s the latest from London-based editor and resident zoologist, Justine Aw!

While over at New York Design Week they have the Progetto Barrique (with the swing we loved here) with designers repurposing reclaimed casks… here in London, there’s a similar project upcycling beer barrels! This is one of my favorite projects from May Design Series, “The end of the Big Beer Barrel” from Switzerland-based Yask. The project’s premise is the retirement on 50 litre (11 gallon) stainless steel beer barrels in favor of a new smaller model. The iconic larger sized beer barrels will suddenly be retired from use and candidates for recycling or upcycling. The studio explored how these barrels might be used in variety of contexts. Take a peek on the next page!

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*rugenius - , 14:05 - 0 Notes

Highlights from London’s May Design Series

stockh.jpg Here’s the latest from London-based editor and resident zoologist, Justine Aw!

It’s also a great week for design here in London with Clerkenwell Design Week just around the corner and the first ever May Design Series in London. I headed down to ExCel this morning for the first morning of the May Design Series, which brings together kbb LDN, The ARC Show, INTERIORS LDN and DX all under one roof. Some of our show highlights on the next page!

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*notcot - 05.18.13 , 04:30 - 1 Notes

Wanted Design 2013

wanted0.jpg Wow what a day ~ it’s nearly 4:30 in the morning, and i really ought to sleep before ICFF in a few hours… but i wanted to share the fun at Wanted Design with you before i got a quick nap in… i’ll fill in more about what’s what later, but take a peek at the things that jumped out and inspired me so far on the next page!

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*notcot - 05.14.13 , 22:04 - 0 Notes

Invasive Growth by Xuedi Chen

invasive00.jpg Explorations in 3D printing + growing wearable = Xuedi Chen’s Invasive Growth! We’ve been curiously following along on instagram for some time now… and the project is now live! I love that it’s “…inspired by my fascination with cordyceps, a fungal parasite that attacks arthropods. Once infected, the fungus slowly takes control of the insect both mentally and physically. Before the insect dies, the fungus makes it climb high onto a branch and grip on, giving it an advantageous place to spread spores. Once the insect is dead, the cordyceps protrudes out, breaking through the exoskeleton.” And the final pieces play with moss growing on wearable neck/head pieces… imagine a day when you need to water your jewelry regularly? Take a peek at the process and details on the next page!

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*notcot - , 19:15 - 0 Notes

NOTCOT.org Roundup

roundup notcotorg #53752 notcotorg #53768 notcotorg #53764 notcotorg #53782 notcotorg #53739 notcotorg #53791 notcotorg #53853 notcotorg #53848 notcotorg #53773 notcotorg #53803 notcotorg #53724 notcotorg #53780 notcotorg #53717 notcotorg #53866 notcotorg #53852 notcotorg #53794 notcotorg #53840 notcotorg #53837 notcotorg #53854 notcotorg #53813 notcotorg #53761 notcotorg #53806 notcotorg #53819 notcotorg #53763 notcotorg #53728 Another amazing inspiring week is behind us ~ from video projected in droplets, animal wine bottle creatures, food cut in half, the trash bag tent, how Drive shoots their amazing videos, apps you can draw AROUND, the neoLucida, lego tats, land rover parkour, EPIC meat bars, kaleidescopic glasses and far more… click the pics to find out more!

*notcot - 05.10.13 , 16:58 - 0 Notes

Jack Daniel’s Guitar Picks on Sunset Blvd

jackd.jpg Fun detail Shawn noticed when we were driving up Sunset Blvd in Hollywood… those street lamp banners were turned into guitar strings with a Jack Daniel’s Guitar Pick stuck in them! See more pics of it on the next page…

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*notcot - 05.08.13 , 02:26 - 0 Notes

Laser Challenge #12: Bokeh Shape Filters

robot0.jpg This post is part of the NOTlabs Laser Challenge: Shawn and I are alternating days with executing and sharing a Laser Cutter involved experiment! And most importantly - we’re supposed to have fun, explore ideas, and it’s less about a fully formed product/concept at the end of the day, but more about seeing where the experiment takes us!

Laser Challenge #12 was inspired by Bokeh Shape Filter Kits which you can buy (but never fit my primary lens which has larger wide angle) and DIY versions. Bokeh means blurred in Japanese, and it’s used to describe the out of focused lights in your dark/night shots. By placing one of these filters on your lens (essentially a black disk with a shape cut out in the center) you can change the shape of those light blurs! There’s something fun about playing with a process so analog and instantaneous in a world where its so easy to photoshop everything… it’s almost magical to see what light shapes appear through the viewfinder.

And since i was chatting with Rich of Diesel Sweeties while testing out shape ideas… we were inspired to try one of his red robots! … as well as jumping sheep and a gear/burst! Ultimately, the robots were our favorite as we tested it out taking pictures in santa monica of the pier, pch traffic, the intersections and more! They also work fantastically for video… the mesmerizing robots that emerge from every light we drove by as they danced to the music makes it tempting to choreograph a music video light show or sorts, or a light driven stop motion animation… but perhaps that’s a project for another night? Check out our driving video experiments as well as some fun photo effects we discovered while playing with the Bokeh shapes on the next page!

p.s. If you have ideas, or want some laser cutting done, or want to play with us… feel free to use the contact form or leave a comment! And if you’re curious about the laser cutter we’re using, here’s the unboxing.

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*notcot - 05.07.13 , 17:40 - 0 Notes

P&G’s My mom always said…

mom0.jpg Fun way to celebrate the upcoming Mother’s Day, the artists over at Wieden & Kennedy are busy illustrating advice from moms for P&G’s Thank You, Mom. campaign and posting them up on their pinterest (there are 59 so far!)

To join in the fun ~ “What’s the best advice your mom gave you? Mothers give us the gift of wisdom through life lessons they pass down to their children. This Mother’s Day, P&G is honoring moms by creating a gallery of these beautiful bits of knowledge. Share yours using #momswisdom or on our Facebook page and it may be added to our gallery.” Fun idea, beautiful typography, and lots of sound (and some interesting) advice! Take a peek at some of my favorites so far on the next page…

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*notcot - 04.30.13 , 16:11 - 0 Notes

NOTCOT.org Roundup

roundup notcotorg #53625 notcotorg #53665 notcotorg #53699 notcotorg #53659 notcotorg #53629 notcotorg #53683 notcotorg #53658 notcotorg #53708 notcotorg #53682 notcotorg #53698 notcotorg #53693 notcotorg #53702 notcotorg #53626 notcotorg #53696 notcotorg #53642 notcotorg #53651 notcotorg #53677 notcotorg #53700 notcotorg #53657 notcotorg #53694 notcotorg #53638 notcotorg #53690 notcotorg #53644 notcotorg #53681 notcotorg #53632 Phew* Sorry i’ve been quieter than usual over here ~ getting sick has sort of thrown a kink in regular posting and the Laser Challenge this weekend, but working through it all and trying to catch up before NY Design Week! Lots of fun inspiration again over at NOTCOT.org, so click the pics above to find out more!

*notcot - 04.24.13 , 01:40 - 4 Notes

Laser Challenge #7: Poker Chips to Build With

chipbuild0.jpg This post is part of the NOTlabs Laser Challenge: The ground rules are: Shawn and I are alternating days with executing and sharing a Laser Cutter involved experiment! And most importantly - we’re supposed to have fun, explore ideas, and it’s less about a fully formed product/concept at the end of the day, but more about seeing where the experiment takes us!

Laser Challenge #7 is here! When Shawn was teaching me to play poker this weekend, I found it hard to stop playing with the chips (and it was driving me crazy how ugly they were) ~ so naturally the conversation evolved to sparking ideas about how much more fun they could be! So for today’s challenge, he prototyped some gorgeous wooden poker chips that you can BUILD with! They interlock to make fun little structures during the game… we’re still fine tuning it more before we end up with a full set - perhaps the future ones with use different woods/materials for different values, or a splash of lacquered color along the edges, and have deeper notches to help them attach better, but it’s a fun start! See the making of and details on the next page!

p.s. If you have ideas, or want some laser cutting done, or want to play with us… feel free to use the contact form or leave a comment! And if you’re curious about the laser cutter we’re using, here’s the unboxing.

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*rugenius - 04.23.13 , 00:00 - 0 Notes

NOTCOT.org Roundup

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This week’s roundup from NOTCOT.org includes flat-packed custom bicycles, sponsored heroes, amazing origami and more. To find out more about each post, click on its individual image.

*notcot - 04.21.13 , 11:45 - 0 Notes

Laser Challenge #6: Veg Garden Guys

gardenguys3.jpg This post is part of the NOTlabs Laser Challenge: The ground rules are: Shawn and I are alternating days with executing and sharing a Laser Cutter involved experiment! And most importantly - we’re supposed to have fun, explore ideas, and it’s less about a fully formed product/concept at the end of the day, but more about seeing where the experiment takes us!

Weekends are tougher - especially with guests! But it also means more people to help… or pose! So here’s my Laser Challenge #6 from last night - Vegetable Garden Guys! It’s that perfect time of year to get our vege garden going again, but i tend to forget what went where and it’s a surprise when it all pops up… so i rounded the guys up to pose against the white wall (as if holding massive vegetables) to turn them into wooden garden markers. Of course a few things went wrong for this speed project ~ it was a learning experience for us to see what built in settings for engraving from photographic images the laser cutter hard (total fail, learning about rasterizing/engraving on the side now) - then i decided to just print them out on paper to stick on to the guys - and printer started running out of ink. But the little guys are still pretty fun, and i’ll definitely be revisiting them for a round 2! Take a peek at fun on the next page ~ romanesco broccoli seeds started and cucumbers, bush beans, honeydew, and lettuce on the way!

p.s. If you have ideas, or want some laser cutting done, or want to play with us… feel free to use the contact form or leave a comment! And if you’re curious about the laser cutter we’re using, here’s the unboxing.

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*notcot - 04.20.13 , 02:34 - 1 Notes

Laser Challenge #5: Cardboard Building Set

ctoy0.jpg This post is part of the NOTlabs Laser Challenge: The ground rules are: Shawn and I are alternating days with executing and sharing a Laser Cutter involved experiment! And most importantly - we’re supposed to have fun, explore ideas, and it’s less about a fully formed product/concept at the end of the day, but more about seeing where the experiment takes us!

Day 5 is here ~ and being an odd day, it’s Shawn’s turn! Tonight he created a playful cardboard building set made of two complex shapes which combined can create a variety of creations. Here’s what he has to say about it, “The geometry is of an icosahedron which consists of 20 triangular faces. Connectors are needed to attach each face to the next and if they are all oriented inwards you have the whole icosahedral shape. If you occasionally flip the connector angle you can make mini landscapes too. I cut 90 faces and a ton of connectors.” Take a peek at the making of and some of our creations on the next page!

p.s. If you have ideas, or want some laser cutting done, or want to play with us… feel free to use the contact form or leave a comment!

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*notcot - 04.19.13 , 01:22 - 4 Notes

Laser Challenge #4: Wax Seals

waxy0.jpg This post is part of the NOTlabs Laser Challenge: The ground rules are: Shawn and I are alternating days with executing and sharing a Laser Cutter involved experiment! And most importantly - we’re supposed to have fun, explore ideas, and it’s less about a fully formed product/concept at the end of the day, but more about seeing where the experiment takes us!

Day 4! My turn… for some reason, wax seals came up yesterday, and it’s one of those things i have always wanted, been meaning to design, but could never quite commit to what to put on it to have a proper brass one made. So, why not try engraving acrylic and seeing how it works as a wax seal? It was also a chance to explore the option of grade engrave, which is used for rubber stamps, etc so that things like the dot in a lower case i are more stable (and don’t break off in use) - basically it tapers the edge instead of being perfectly horizontal. Now i can leave a seal of “Imagined by NOTlabs. Made with lasers!” and “Inspired by NOTCOT. Realized by NOTlabs.” on things! To be honest, it worked better than i expected, but also needs a bit of refining… might have to experiment a bit more, and if i had more time, i have a feeling mounting the engraved discs on a handle would help quite a bit, also figuring out the right timing of how long to let the wax sit before pressing the seal in. But that being said, still got quite a few good examples, and will definitely be exploring it more… also such a fun way to seal things up… take a peek at the details and process on the next page!

p.s. If you have ideas, or want some laser cutting done, or want to play with us… feel free to use the contact form or leave a comment!

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