*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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*notcot - 04.17.13 , 21:50 - 0 Notes

Laser Challenge #3: Cardboard Hook Light

cardlamp0.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 3 ~ and Shawn is up. Part of the Laser Challenge is definitely timing, on a crazier day we’re still challenged to have fun and experiment with SOMETHING! So today’s was quite the speed project for him as he whipped up this laser cut wood/cardboard light this evening. So, here is the “Hook It Up” Light… lit with a plumen! Perhaps the most important thing we learned today was that with any speed challenge, there is the constant nagging “omg what if we add this… or change this… or do that?” and ultimately you just have to go with your gut instincts and move fast with what time is left. It was also far too fun hanging the light up in our trees for the photoshoot! Take a peek at the final light (and making of!) 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 - 04.16.13 , 20:20 - 1 Notes

Laser Challenge #2: Cardboard Hex Tiling

lasertile0.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 2 of the NOTlabs Laser Challenge, and today it’s my turn! I’ve been obsessively researching tiles lately ~ from ancient patterns of the far east to the french/moroccan styles to modern geometrically inspired and asymmetrical designs, while simultaneously working on the garden and wondering why there aren’t nicer options for stepping stones, pathways, etc… so today, this lead me to experiment with hexagons and exploring designs and seeing what emerges! The result are a bunch of laser cut corrugated cardboard tiles ~ which could become fun concrete tiles to lay in the grass, or tiling street art, or spray painting using them as stencils… or… take a peek at the process and fun 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 - , 11:23 - 0 Notes

NOTCOT.org Roundup

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*notcot - 04.15.13 , 22:24 - 6 Notes

Laser Challenge #1: Puppy Platter

buckybowl0.gif Our NOTlabs Laser Challenge #1 is here from Shawn! As for what the Laser Challenge is - 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!

So first up, here’s Shawn’s Puppy Platter… which, honestly, didn’t have this function in mind until his experiment with heating and pressing some of our plastic scraps ended up with a fun sheet filled with various mini bowl like spaces… He initially thought about planting succulents in them, but we quickly realized this would be better served if we made a much larger version. And with Bucky’s feeding time nearing, we decided to try it out as a modern Puppy Platter/Bento Box of sorts! (Don’t worry, we won’t be feeding Bucky from this regularly - the photos are a quick photoshoot test!) It is fascinating to see which of his treats and food choices he picked and in which order… also great, it slows him down as he carefully inspected and sniffed each section before devouring it! (Versus scarfing it down without much thought!)

As for where the laser cutting is involved… take a peek at the process pics on the next page… laser cutting was used to create the frame around the plastic sheet as it was being pressed. Check out Bucky trying out this modern Puppy Platter 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 - 04.13.13 , 01:32 - 0 Notes

Architects of Air: Exxopolis at CSULB

exxopolis0.jpg This weekend at CSU Long Beach, the Associated Students, Inc. brought Architects of Air “EXXOPOLIS” to their lawns… The incredible inflatable Luminaria from Architects of Air are a wondrous series of tunnels and rooms to explore. The Exxopolis 1992-2012 is AOA’S 20th luminarium design to celebrate their original Eggopolis from 22 years ago. From the exterior it feels like you’ve driven past a colony of Pokemon or Super Mario’s Koopas bounce houses… bubbly and inflated on the lawn besides the huge blue pyramid. From within (without your shoes or sharp objects) it feels like you’re wandering a mesmerizing, inflated, toasty labyrinth where tunnels lead you to single colored glowing rooms that mess with your head… Take a peek on the next page at what it felt like…

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*notcot - 04.10.13 , 14:50 - 2 Notes

Atlanta Street Art

atlstreetart00.jpg In between Final Four games this weekend, we did a bit of exploring in Atlanta… running all over Buckhead, Midtown, 4th Ward, Inman Park, Decatur, Downtown, and more… and one thing i couldn’t help snapping pics of all over was the street art! From the fox chasing rabbits down the wall… to the huge NEVER GIVE UP under an overpass made up of XOs, to the Silhouette building that really has a huge on on it, to the massive basketball hoop billboard AT&T popped up by Georgia Dome, to the “Your Pretty Face is Going to Hell —- Satan” billboard, ATL shaped playground for kids… and so much more… it was awesome inspiration! Check out what we found on the next page…

p.s. Didn’t bring a real camera with me this trip, so all things Atlanta are coming from the HTC One i’m currently playing with…

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*notcot - , 14:48 - 0 Notes

NOTCOT.org Roundup

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*notcot - , 13:44 - 0 Notes

Doug Makemson ATL Dogpark Sculptures

atldogpark3.jpg Phew* What a long weekend it has been, but also a much needed mini-break as NOTCOT turns 8 (can you believe it? 8 years!!!) ~ just back from spending the last few days in Atlanta for the Final Four (Go CARDS!) In between the games, got a chance to run around the city a bit, so more ATL inspiration to come… but first, after dropping the rental car and making our way to the gate, i was stopped in my tracks by these fun Dog Sculptures made from construction parts in their airport dog park by local artist, Doug Makemson. The yellow one sitting is inspired by his yellow lab, Abby. Apparently they are made mostly out of backhoe and bulldozer parts! Take a peek at these two playful pups on the next page!

p.s. Didn’t bring a real camera with me this trip, so all things Atlanta are coming from the HTC One i’m currently playing with…

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*notcot - 04.02.13 , 11:12 - 0 Notes

NOTCOT.org Roundup

roundup notcotorg #53279 notcotorg #53276 notcotorg #53263 notcotorg #53285 notcotorg #53280 notcotorg #53272 notcotorg #53294 notcotorg #53286 notcotorg #53293 notcotorg #53305 notcotorg #53289 notcotorg #53304 notcotorg #53262 notcotorg #53298 notcotorg #53273 notcotorg #53274 notcotorg #53302 notcotorg #53296 notcotorg #53270 notcotorg #53283 notcotorg #53284 notcotorg #53268 notcotorg #53310 notcotorg #53278 notcotorg #53306 Here is this week’s NOTCOT.org roundup ~ from the teasers of GTA V to april fools’ jokes like google maps going treasure map, chimp kettle bells, bone inspired goods, tangram fruit rollups, harmonic waves turned into metal cuffs, ikea stools into kids bikes, public swings that can turn into a band as your friends swing with you… and so much more! Click the pics to find out more!

*notcot - 03.26.13 , 19:35 - 0 Notes

NOTCOT.org Roundup

roundup notcotorg #53215 notcotorg #53227 notcotorg #53169 notcotorg #53154 notcotorg #53243 notcotorg #53165 notcotorg #53133 notcotorg #53211 notcotorg #53201 notcotorg #53225 notcotorg #53186 notcotorg #53194 notcotorg #53192 notcotorg #53152 notcotorg #53259 notcotorg #53231 notcotorg #53248 notcotorg #53157 notcotorg #53218 notcotorg #53166 notcotorg #53216 notcotorg #53176 notcotorg #53256 notcotorg #53180 notcotorg #53190 This week’s roundup from NOTCOT.org features some amazing inspiration from a billboard you can live behind, stone glasses, suspended feather sculptures, adorable illustrations, woody creatures, stunning watches, 3D printed superhero business cards, fun animated ads from hertz, and so much more… click the pics to find out more!

*notcot - 03.25.13 , 14:50 - 1 Notes

Stilsucht Cliffhanger by Thomas Schmitz

cliffhanger1.jpg I love when design sites/magazines/writers venture from not only covering inspiring design to helping bring it into the real world! In this case, our friends at Stilsucht, have just launched the Cliffhanger by Thomas Schmitz! A brilliant little hook that slips in between two pipes/slats/etc and lets gravity lock it in place… it was designed with a German “Altbau” in mind (think high-ceilinged, warehouse/loft like pre-war apartments that often have pairs of water pipes running vertically!) “The first batch comes in five different colors and each is an ode to the heart of cities. Berlin is represented by an urban Kreuzberg gray, Munich is a friendly Schwabing blue, Cologne has a sunny Ehrenfeld yellow, Frankfurt hails with a cordial Bornheim red and Hamburg shows a maritime Schanze blue.” I love that beyond helping designs become a reality, these are made in Berlin (also home of Stilsucht!) in the Stephanus workshops Berlin, a non profit workshop for social and vocational integration and rehabilitation of disabled people.

I had the pleasure of getting a pre-release Cliffhanger from Stilsucht when i ran into him in France last weekend ~ and i must say it feels nice and solid, with a rubbery coating that keeps it from slipping through the cracks, so to speak. While i may not have the same vertical pipe set up, i have actually found it quite useful hanging from my puppy gates (yes, they are basically the same as baby gates) and even between the back of the emeco navy chair! Take a peek at the details on the next page.

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