So, this holiday season it seems like the internet is ready to shove gift guides down your throat… and they aren’t always all that fun… (trust me, as an avid shopper, and thisnext gift guide section designer, i did FAR too much gift guide perusing this week)… SO in my 5am Thanksgiving morning state, it decided it was time to try my hand at some more ridiculously playful shopping guides… So here is my Indie Ninja Gift Guide. Why? Because indie ninja’s are people too- and not the easiest people to shop for at that- and black will always be the new black- especially shiny glossy black. people, just look at history. Why should you buy your indie ninja a present? the real question is why WOULDN’T you want to make your indie ninja happy? Pissy ninja’s are bad news. See the full Gifts For Your Indie Ninja.
As much as i love Questionable Content, its not everyday i can find a good excuse to feature them on NOTCOT. BUT beyond the snarky baristas, on going emo melodrama, and indie music jabs, gotta love the GADGETS ~ And when i saw the sketches of the Vespabot (see 743 through 750 and more pics below)… and then the recent thread with Pintsize the AnthroPC, Winslow the follower Apple Anthro/Giant iPod, and the taming of the Roomba ~ it was just too fun not to show (those are 757 to current)
The Tord-fest continues at Target as the Holiday Season gets into full swing. Just saw one of the Target Tord Boontje adverts on tv last night, so was excited to see on MocoLoco today that there is Tord TV for everyone to watch.
Also~ check out the gift cards! (translucent even!), i never thought i’d be the girl who wanted a gift card to Target for xmas, but hey, i guess things change?
For all of you familiar with oO (one of our .org editors), you may or may not know that he is Olivier Ozoux, of oO’s Very Eclectic and that he is freshly back in Venice Beach after 3 years of living in Sydney working for Animal Logic on HAPPY FEET! [Yes, the dancing penguins, which opens this friday! So you can only imagine how happy he is.]
Being the design junkie that i am, as excited as i am about the dancing penguins, i fell in love with the Animal Logic internal shirts… and also their gorgeous website intro (see images of all below)
Happy World Usability Day! This post really goes out as a reminder, excuse, and/or swift kick in the butt to go promote the importance of usability, user centered design, and especially usability testing with REAL USERS (*hint *hint *nudge *nudge to some of my colleagues).
What is this day about? Well, to quote their about page: “Making Life Easy!” “Why doesn’t this work right? What am I supposed to do with this now?” World Usability Day, November 14, 2006, is for everyone who’s ever asked these questions. This Earth Day style event, focused on raising awareness and visibility of usability engineering and user centered design, is currently being organized by volunteers and local event coordinators from around the world. Whether a usability professional or just an enthusiastic (or frustrated) user, each participant is making a contribution to “making life easy”.
NY Corespondent, Sanam Petri, checked out Prints Gone Wild last week ~
I walked by the show three times before I realized I was passing it. And even then, I only stopped because of the strange tire bubble thing sitting on the roof.
Ten print shops, about three dozen Brooklynites milling around this strange Chinese auto warehouse. The show was set up so that nothing was priced over $50; it made for a haggle-free, let’s-celebrate-the-dying-art-of-handmade-print sort of vibe. Printmakers from all over the country, selling everything from turn-of-the-century woodblocks to abstract lithographs. It was a lot of fun… Lots of pictures and more continued below.
I’ll be honest, i burnt out this week. Got excited about too many projects and got stretched a bit too thin. Good news? NOTCOT is what i do to destress ~ so no worries this site isn’t going anywhere, but do need to slow down for the weekend. (But who knows, slowing down might mean on everything else, and in increase in design posts)… but between all the burning out yesterday, i looked up walking back from lunch with ThisNexters and saw the bright blue banner (you know, the vertical lamp post ones they sell and make bags from now) with Magritte’s not a pipe… and i stopped dead in my tracks, and felt a momentary giddy excitement, that it was coming. Here!
So starting Nov 19 (until March!) LACMA is getting surreal in a big way. Treachery of Images is the first major exhibition of Magritte’s work as well as others like Johns, Koons, Warhol, Baldessari, and more… “the exhibition examines the different and sometimes unconscious ways that pop, conceptual, and post-modern sensibilities have referenced Magritte’s ideas and imagery” And this is a show that will not be traveling around, so you’ve been warned, plan your trips now. [copied the LACMA description below]
Remember the Baby Suit? Well that was apparently the work of the incredible London based Mr. Toledano, from his Hope and Fear set. View the full Video Gamer Faces set as well! All of his imagery manages to capture such a frighteningly realistic surreal view of humanity.
I might be too giddy to post this post. Photomontages AND Genevieve Gaukler? *swoon* Her latest exhibition details: “16 artworks made for the exhibition I hold at the Someday Gallery in Melbourne. So exciting to make these large photomontages, such a huge amount of work also, cutting out around 3000 photos!” See my favorites below, and/or click through the series here.
As much as i love Tord Boontje’s vectory tendrils of naturally inspired goodness, the Blossfeldt Fractals d*s featured today blew me away. Something about science and art merging perfectly grabs me. 1920’s-1930’s photography meets a brilliant algorithm is simply gorgeous… “Blossfeldt Fractals are a dynamic composition of plant forms, based on photographs by Karl Blossfeldt, and generated through algorithms similar to Lindenmayer System.” Truly incredible are HOW this is accomplished, see below. Great video walking you through his process as well as the gallery.
MocoLoco has a great interview with Tord Boontje - talking about design, life, and what’s going on with Target. My favorite clips are:
How would you label/categorize your work?
Somewhere between romantic and technological.
What item (PC, pen, etc) can you not do without when you are designing?
For the first bit, I do not need anything at all, I can do it inside my head. For the next part of the process I need my complete studio which is as large as an airplane hanger and houses a team of 6 people, machines, tools, computers and stuff. It is all essential, and seems to becomes more every day. Oh, and the coffee machine is important.
And on target… “Besides the products, we have made store decorations for all 1,500 stores, the graphics for all catalogues and collaborated on the art-direction of the TV commercials.” Wow. Now i need to go to target just to see this!
I love all the ingenious things people manage to do with shipping containers… to add to the list? This great installation piece by Hulger (the brilliant retro phone handsets for mobiles and bluetooth) over at Tokyo’s 100% Design this year, where you can experience what it feels like to be able to see and talk just like prisoners, but not touch.
Free People has a Blog! I must admit i’m impressed with the cutting edge webbiness of Free People - they were the first fun shopping site i noticed had RSS feeds for their new products, and they are fully embodying the selling a lifestyle/culture brand with their blog… surrounded by their classic stylishly vintage/collage-y design that i love, and filled with fun, witty commentary and designer eyecandy (as well as behind the scenes tidbits from the catalog shoots and whats going on in their philly office, customers get a feel for WHO the people behind the clothes are… after all isn’t that what corporate blogging is all about) So what’s next? The Urban Outfitters blog?
Came across this piece by Michael Schall, while at that art festival in DUMBO, and was completely mesmerized by it. Can you believe it is graphite on paper? In this piece, from afar it looks like mountains… and as you get closer, much much closer, you notice all the tiny water towers. Close ups below.