*notcot - 02.24.08 , 14:24 - 21 Notes

Obay - WhyBecauseISaidSo

torontoad1.jpgI stopped suddenly while walking and HAD to photograph this ad… i kind of hoped it was a random subversive urban hack… but then i saw it in the buses, and throughout the city. This one still has the best (ok, by best i meant worst) stock photo image… and caption… “My son has ideas of his own. Obay put a stop to that… from the makers of WhyBecauseISaidSo.” And the packaging design of the bottle could certainly have been done up a bit more to make it more convincing! But thanks to a submission over to NOTCOT.org on that same night about how Torontoist discovered what it was really about, the mystery was solved! See more images, the culprit behind the viral, etc after the jump!

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*Sub-Studio - 02.23.08 , 20:42 - 0 Notes

&Larry

0221larry1.jpgNOTCOT Note: Here’s another article from Anna Corpron of Sub-Studio!

&Larry is a Singaporean designer whose work very much references the local culture. We’ve all heard about the more infamous rules and regulations (no chewing gum other than therapeutic kinds), and &Larry’s Anything but Red project is a direct response to what he calls “the stifling creative atmosphere that leads to the easy dismissal of potentially great ideas”. The lamp base is made of stacked rolls of tapes of all kind - with the exclusion of red tape.

Another great project after the jump!

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*notcot - 02.21.08 , 21:59 - 1 Notes

IDS08 Opening Night Gala

ids081.jpg Freshly back from the IDS08 Opening Night Gala ~ and although i’m totally passing out, just wanted to give you guys a peek at some of the pics… there were singers, quartets, acrobats, women dressed up in crazy flowered dresses, the incredible Vertical Limit Veuve Clicquot/Porsche Design collab (1 of 15!), Dysons, Audis… and so much more… anyhow, see after the jump for a quick look!

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*notcot - 02.20.08 , 11:53 - 1 Notes

Arkitip Highmath No. 0044

viewmaster1.jpgIt’s here! My Arkitip issue #0044 just showed up! And i’m in love with this glossy black viewmaster that came with the issue… so much that i even have pics of it for you as if you were looking through it! (See after the jump for the woody mac within)… Since i was a bit excited, here’s a quick reverse unboxing in images for you after the jump!

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*notcot - 02.16.08 , 12:03 - 1 Notes

GE Ecomagination Fishing Ad

desalination.jpgAlso part of the GE Ecomagination ad campaign is ‘Fishing’, an adorably sweet desalination advert where “Chaos breaks out aboard a Norwegian boat when its fishermen start harvesting bottles of fresh water straight from the sea.” The music is really a nice touch on this ad spot. Embedded after the jump!

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*notcot - , 11:48 - 1 Notes

GE Ecomagination Blueprint Ads

ecomain.jpgBeautiful print ad campaign for GE’s Ecomagination… view the full set of the Blueprint Series after the jump. They are “all part of our blueprint for a better world”, covering water, solar power, home, wind power, and cleaner coal. What i like in particular with this campaign are the infographics overlayed on beautiful scenic national geographic-esque shots… with clear bold statements, they let you simultaneously appreciate the natural settings, why thinking about how to execute the diagrams. “Two-thirds of the world is covered in water. Shouldn’t three-thirds of the world’s population be able to drink it?” Yes.

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*notcot - 02.15.08 , 23:26 - 5 Notes

XKCD use of title

xkcdalt.jpgNot to geek out on you, but just had to point out how perfect XKCD’s use of title is in #383 ‘Helping’. And also another reason why people really should check out content in its original/intended form (as well as on RSS readers, splogs, etc!). And oh how i wish someone would make a magical ‘make everything better button’… perhaps shaped like a Staples’ EASY button? And i suppose this will make me rollover pictures to see the title text more often now?

*notcot - , 16:20 - 0 Notes

Incase Topo

incasetopo.jpgAnd since i gushed so much about the Incase topo print being used throughout the press kit in a gorgeous gloss on matte… i just discovered their blog, which has the background and some wallpapers. “This unique pattern along with the integration of the Incase logo is a graphic component of the Incase identity representing the concept of travel. The Topo pattern also resembles an abstracted wood grain that compliments the Incase leaf logo.” Also, i just noticed they already got their Arkitip #0044 HIGHMATH with the black viewmaster (see their pics)… mine should be here any day now!

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*Sub-Studio - 02.13.08 , 13:06 - 0 Notes

Anon Pairot

0213pairot2.jpgNOTCOT Note: Here’s another article from Anna Corpron of Sub-Studio!

Anon Pairot is a young furniture and product designer from Thailand with a body of work that reflects an innovative use of both material and function.

The Lampin Block (above) highlights the iconic shape of a lamp by illuminating the negative space of the concrete block. After the jump, check out the Vash Tray which has an ironic dual function - it serves both as an ash tray, and as a vase for freshly cut flowers. Also see the Pare Lounge Chair, Eng-Gu two seater, and Nature Hanger!

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*notcot - 02.10.08 , 04:18 - 4 Notes

Audrey Kawasaki “Mayoi Michi”

newaudrey.jpgAudrey Kawasaki has done it again with her latest series of beautiful paintings for her solo show, Mayoi Michi, that debuted tonight at Copro Nason in Bergamot Station. To see what i saw… check out my pictures from “Mayoi Michi” in the gallery. Noteworthy, this “it” girl has certain made it huge… all pieces from her show were completely sold out before the opening, and most going for about $10,000-12,000, so a big congrats to Audrey! Also looks like it’s going to be a busy year for her, with a solo show in sept in Rome (at Mondo Bizarro), group show in november at ThinkSpace, and even a solo show planned for July 2009 at the Jonathan Levine Gallery in NY! View my pics of the show here, and Audrey’s closeups of each piece here.

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*notcot - , 03:47 - 3 Notes

Black Viewmaster + Arkitip

arkitip.jpgI’ve wanted a black viewmaster since the “Gifts for your Indie Ninja” list from my ThisNext days, but alas, i’ve been lazy and forgot to buy one… so when i saw that the latest issue of Arkitip, No. 0044 HIGHMATH ~ is a collaboration with one of my favorite Danish collectives, Wood Wood… and comes in a box with “1 Exhibition catalog, 3 image reels, 1 3D viewer”… i grabbed my credit card. How could i give up a chance at a black viewmaster (with white Arkitip, Wood Wood, and Nike branding) as well as fun art? Perhaps we need to get some branded NOTCOT Viewmasters, and every month/week/random whim we can send out a mysterious reel of inspiring imagery?

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*Sub-Studio - 02.06.08 , 12:59 - 0 Notes

Andrew Berman Architect

0206aba1.jpgNOTCOT Note: Here’s another article from Anna Corpron of Sub-Studio!

This recently completed project by Andrew Berman Architect was designed as a library and studio for a writer. As you approach the studio, you are greeted by an oversize glass door, with nothing but trees providing a contextual scale for the building. The building is divided programmatically, with the studio lifted up off the ground (and therefore providing privacy from neighbors), and a storage area located at ground level. With the studio floor situated at the elevation of the tree canopies, a floor to ceiling picture window provides the inhabitant with panoramic views of the wooded area beyond. A building-wide skylight floods the studio with daylight. The exterior of the building is clad in copper, which is meant to weather naturally over the years.

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*notcot - 02.05.08 , 16:19 - 3 Notes

Murakami Augor Revok Billboard

murakamibill.jpgOh, Murakami… what will you do next? So apparently Murakami’s MOCA exhibition billboard on Melrose got a little addition to it thanks to Auger/Revok… and Murakami’s people found pictures of it on the internet (like these great ones on flickr from Ribbon Controller and G@br!3L)… and they had it REMOVED! And sent to japan! Because it was “so wonderful, he had to have it for his collection.” says this LA Weekly piece. And the circle continues… murakami makes art in his factory, sells everything from cellphone charms to massive paintings, has his art on LV bags, has a pop up LV store inside his own exhibition, does kanye wests album covers and has kanye play his opening gala, manages to get celebs clamoring to steal each others limited ed plates… and now even steals his own billboard that gets vandalized with some awesome street art. I wonder if he also has a private collection of LV/Murakami knockoffs in a special closet. Wow. I admire his insane branding/reach.

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*notcot - 02.04.08 , 04:16 - 9 Notes

Fav Superbowl XLII Ads

superbowl.jpgAh Superbowl XLII ~ congrats to the giants! And as usual, the ads were good fun! This year Hulu got in on the action and this NBC Universal and News Corporation’s online video joint venture is in beta and has a page up with 56 superbowl ads. I must say their player is quite pretty too… and i just went through all of them again, and picked my favorites below for you to watch!

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*notcot - , 03:20 - 3 Notes

Carlos Aires Love Is In The Air

records1.jpg“Love Is In The Air” ~ Carlos Aires cut vinyl record silhouettes. This recycling/reshaping of vinyl is possibly one of the most amusing things i’ve seen with vinyl in a while! More images and close ups after the jump!

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