Sometimes i get distracted by the randomest details ~ my friend, freshly back from Photoshop World, was telling me to check out Gridiron’s Flow ~ and there’s even a free iPod Touch to every 50th download of their trial… but as i was checking it out, i got terribly distracted by how awesome the backgrounds and the flash animation on their homepage were… cute tagline “Chaos, meet Order”… so before i even downloaded the trial, and fully explored the program itself (which is in fact quite intriguing) ~ i was deep digging in their CSS to find all their various background files ~ which are SO cool! So take a peek at those on the next page, as well as some screenshots of their site (in case we ever look back years from now and their site is different?).
Perhaps a NOTCOT first ~ scanning my junk mail? But flipping through this Trader Joe’s mailer was hilarious, you could just imagine how much fun the lucky designers were having as they put this together! The octopus on the cover is just priceless, and hilarity continues within as well! Take a peek at some of my favorite pages… on the next page!
It’s hard to ignore a big box filled with packing peanuts protecting a multi-layered bubble wrapped bottle… with a note curled up inside ever so meticulously. Not to mention the fact that it says SEND HELP largely across its label…
So, WHAT is it? Well for close ups of the awesome invitation, check out the next page… and for more information on this upcoming collaborative art show this weekend, see The Send Help Project! Hosted by CreativeLab it will be in Brooklyn on March 28th (this saturday! one night only!). Artists will be exploring the theme of “SEND HELP” through various forms and mediums. Pics of the behind the scenes setting up the show, and even packing up these bottles are all on their blog… and for some fun closeups of mine, check out the next page!
GET EXCITED AND MAKE THINGS!!! I can’t think of a better message for today… or any day! While there are far too many keep calm and carry on knock offs lately ~ this one just made my Friday. Love the Maker crown of wrenches and all! This is the latest of Howies T-Shirt of the Week ~ Made in Turkey, Designed by Matt ‘Black Belt’ Jones, and Printed in Westest Wales. Available in Mens and Womens!
I’m sure you’ve seen snippets here and there of Shepard Fairey’s Studio Number One artwork for the Saks Fifth Avenue Spring 2009 WANT IT! Campaign ~ featuring some very propaganda style imagery, but i’ve yet to see it all in one place, or up close… Luckily just got a hold of the high res images of all of the artwork, and freshly couriered over were a copy of the latest catalog as well as some of the bags to check out up close. As you can see, i got indecisive in picking the main image to show first, so you get two!
It’s a fascinating juxtaposition to see the classy scripty Saks Fifth Avenue logo with the stark black, white, and red clean lines of the graphics… and personally, it doesn’t scream “buy me!” luxuriously to me… in fact it’s a slight turn off as far as my shopping brain is concerned? But from a design perspective, i love the imagery, and the playful integrations, and the possible subversive twist Shepard Fairey’s Studio Number One may have been aiming for… every season trends are constantly shoved down our throats, this merely emphasized it to a point where it’s nearly laughable ~ which then makes you step back and rethink Aggressive Shoes and Arming Yourself (with a slouchy bag) - and then perhaps still give in once you realize you still want them! Anyhow, check out all of the images on the next page, and i’d love to hear your thoughts…
On stories that definitely fall under hollywood lore… here’s a great one that showed up in my inbox…
Stephen Sprouse moved into Chateau Marmont in 1991 for a month but had no money to pay his bill when he was checking out. So Andre Balazs agreed to let him off if he designed some apparel for Chateau Marmont in exchange…a couple of months ago they were going through the archives stored in attic of the hotel and found 6 original sketches by Stephen by accident - all signed and dated. These are never-seen before sketches. And Andre had not seen them for years - he was really excited to be re-united with them.
AND… NOTCOT has an exclusive to show you one of those 6 sketches (as to be expected, the other 5 will be popping up around the net as well)!!! Can you just imagine living the life in a hotel for a month? Only to magically work something out bartering your craft? And it certainly does seem timely that just as the new Sprouse book and LV’s Sprouse revisit pop up, that they *happened* to find these sketches… For those unfamiliar with the late Sprouse’s work, i’m sure you’ve seen it everywhere… he’s known for pioneering that classic 80’s graffiti/pop/punk melded with mainstream fashion with a love of the florescent ~ who went from 70’s band photographer to 80’s-90’s fashion designer/artist! See the full sketch on the next page!
p.s. i’ll add the other sketches when possible!
Huge congrats to Beau and Christine Basse on their new Culver City space for LeBasse Projects! I had the pleasure of checking out their first show there tonight, “Vous Avez ete Juste Servi”, and it is a stunning group show definitely worth checking out if you’re in the area! Take a look at the new space and some of my favorite pieces from the show on the next page…
People are always asking me what ads i wish i had on NOTCOT ~ well… this latest campaign from Puma and Foot Locker: “Foot Locker Unlocked - Puma Archive” TOTALLY fits! I was so jealous of Gizmodo when i saw these! The typography is just so so awesome! See more screenshots on the next page ~ including the fun giz placements ~ and if you know who made these, leave a comment!
I love the way Spanish designer/illustrator, Borja Bonaque portrays urban landscapes ~ they have a certain retro futuristic glow to them ~ and feel so fun on skateboard decks as well! The water towers are adorable. I’ve had her images open in tabs all weekend, kept getting too distracted by them to actually get this post up until now! See more of my favorites on the next page!
So, after posting the Slice Precision Cutter, we couldn’t resist finding out more, and Slice was nice enough to send a few over to play with when Alyssa reached out to them! So what is it like up close? And how does it compare to our trusty Xactos? Well, xacto has nothing to worry about, but the Slice Precision Cutter is still pretty awesome for certain uses!
The thing corners amazingly! Can get some really great curves out of it ~ where it will never take over my xacto (this one is my favorite still, but unfortunately i haven’t found it yet while unpacking the office - work in progress! so up there is another bigger one i’ve been using on boxes and stuff) ~ the blade is only good to cut through a few pieces of paper ~ so for scrapbooking, vinyl cutting, etc its perfect, but not so much for heftier projects. Physically, it feels great in your hand, nicely weighted ~ super sleek with its matte green coating, and nice cap on it. You an definitely cut with it as if you’re painting a brushstroke or scribbling with a pen which is really fun. So all in all, for 7$ its definitely worth adding to your arsenal. Check out more close ups on the next page… and pics of the Y-Peeler they sent over too!
Well it’s 3:30am ~ time just keeps flying this week!!! Between the unpacking/settling into the new office/studio/house stuff, somehow boxing up and unpacking my life seems to have me reassessing the sites, and such as well ~ and we’ve also been crunching on an exciting surprise that should launch later this week… bottom line? I have a bunch of posts lined up to go that i just need to take some pics for ~ and in the mean time have been posting/shopping far more on NOTCOT.org lately! So take a peek at some of my posts above, and as usual, click the pics to find out more!
Oooooooh…. so while i do love my xacto knives ~ i’m extremely intrigued by the new Slice by Karim Rashid products… first found them over at Unica Home, and found more info at the Slice website. Slice is all about ceramic blades ~ “Compared to any metal (even high-carbon steel), ceramic is sharper, harder, and stays that way longer.” ~ and the Precision Cutter is great for an xacto replacement apparently… and only 7$? So it looks like Slice originally had its letter opener and safety cutter ~ and in collab with Karim, they now have the Precision Cutter, Veggie Peeler, Y-peeler, and Grater ~ all so tempting! See some more pics i found at Unica on the next page!
Cleaning out the many pics floating around my camera ~ here are a bunch of random shots as they were putting the finishing touches on Lucent L’amour 2009 put on by The Do Lab ~ take a peek at more art installations, some pods of Lucent Dossier goodness with everything from face painting to how to increase your capacity to love (and no, not in the spam email way) ~ green lunch trucks ~ jewelry made from buttons and bottle caps ~ Grasshopper’s Cling Wrap Kissing ~ streetside rugs and pillow covered chill out areas ~ light up metal trees ~ HUGE harp like instruments ~ a Hug Deli ~ and some of the best uses of wood palettes to build stages/bars and more! See it all on the next page!
The one art piece that has been stuck in my head since i first laid eyes on it… John Park’s Harlequin Ape. It is absolutely stunning. Every detail is incredible! Because all the closeup crops in the world wouldn’t do it justice, and really you need to see it in person, but second best, you can check out a high res version here. This was only one of many piece in the art gallery set up by Mike Russek at Lucent L’amour. Take a browse of the gallery and some of the other pieces that jumped out at me on the next page!
On impressive structures and interactivity that had to be videoed ~ the bamboo installations of Bamboo DNA (known for massive bamboo sculptures at music festivals all over the world!) at Lucent L’amour were stunning, and the fire-y flamebots that responded to the music around were mesmerizing as well! Check out the video below and the pictures on the next page to make sense of them!