There are gimmicks and there are - American Express Gold Card gimmicks… sleek, sexy, and i’m sure intentionally flashy. Introducing the Butterfly. The card literally folds in half to fit in this keychain case. Its actually pretty enough to grab with merely your keys and cellphone. You can take it out fully to pay, only half way to swipe, or (according to the demo) just hand them the case (but i forsee many a confused waiter). Now when are they going to add the RFID tag so i can swipe the Butterfly at 7-11’s like the Blue card?
This is WOW. Breathtakingly amusing and mesmerizing - and it calls out to my black and white loving, collage addicted, animal/anatomy curious sides. It is so gorgeous. I do not really get who/what/where or why, but WOW. GO check out NFCTD. And while i do not advocate flash normally, loving this use of it… and for those who are too rushed to wander and click - the tab key is your friend. [via Core77]
There’s a new e-zine - LOVE PICS! - its pretty, its Italian, and it has 101 flashy glossy pages to blow your mind away. In particular the work of Fabio Catapano (aka licoszen) grabbed me. Check out this fab “happiness is illegal” image… The others were fun as well - my only complaint is i too much flash! It felt like it took me a year to flip through the pages… i miss paper. or even pdf in this case? But pretty stuff - so still worth checking out. And don’t be silly, just b/c its Italian doesn’t mean it doesn’t want your contributions! So submit away, and convince them to tone down the flash a smidge?
Alice Wang first brought us Pet Plus… and it was mind opening and hilarious all at once… AND some are actually going into production!
Well now she has launched Audio Sticks - a project re-evaluating the future of the way people obtain, listen and distribute music. Likening tapes to USB keys - she raises the question of whether these tiny keys will be the future of mixed tapes. The device would have a column of USB slots ready for your music - and the volume and track selection is along the side (see close up below) - and speakers along the side. As well as the packaging and imagery on the keys themselves. Take a look at the other images below.
I always remember Vanuatu as that crazy country with the really fun stamps when i was little. Well oO posted some great links over at .org - they actually have an underwater post office, as well as a mailbox on the edge of a volcano! I’m ready to try to make my next dive trip to Vanuatu just so that i can write a letter on waterproof paper (like what nalgene had) with my waterproof pen, and mail it in a waterproof envelope from under the sea.
We all know that this time of year, footballers are gods. World Cup takes over television, radio, and almost any store you walk into (unless you’re in the US, but we will ignore that). So why not immortalize them as they did back in the day? In ceiling filling, larger than life murals? … so its in a train station instead of a church, but that is a place where followers of the football pass through to reach the stadiums, where they worship the players, no? Via the CoolHunter is this ceiling of Hauptbahnhof train stain in Cologne, Germany. Wow.
So what IS the deal with those Oddica library cards? Or that is the question that kept coming up when i previously posted about their fabulous packaging. So here’s a close up image of one they made just for you and your curiosity - and the guys at Oddica have THIS to say about it all:
The Library Card functions on a few other levels — it let’s us promote the Artist, and let’s us connect with the customer on an old-fashioned level. If we ever get too big that we cannot find the time to handwrite the customer name, then we know we have gone astray. Also, the Dewey Decimal numbers, we locate numbers that correspond to the particular design. Like for the Undertaker, I think we did Cemeteries, English, or something.
Mystery solved. And it highlights the brilliance and attention to detail that is put into every bit of all things Oddica - so go take a look at the new shirts and sweatshirts, and if you order one, you get a sweet library card too!
Kieren Jones - you are brilliant. “Kieren Jones uses IKEA’s best selling products, the Poang chair and Bumerang clothes hangers, to create new products such as a sled, a stag’s head and a crossbow that fires IKEA pencils. To be precise, Kieren has created do-it-yourself manuals that guide the user through the necessary steps to create these new products.” via MocoLoco. With Ikea - you can do anything?
Have you ever watched a movie and been distracted by the details, like the graphics in some so called ancient book they are flipping through, or the beautiful old styled handwriting of old love letters they are reading? - well i guess, then you’re a designer too! I have often found myself wondering, who makes these things?!?! I mean, clearly they were custom made to fit the film, especially since people go through the effort of working in sketches that look like the actors, etc etc…
Well, look no further, at least for a first glimpse of that line of work - and check out the absolutely incredible talent of Ross MacDonald - he is one such designer, who’s illustration style and abilities surpass many i’ve seen lately - and does everything from the books in the Legend of Zorro [see above], to hand letterpressing. [I found him when i was doing some obsessive reearch on letterpressing] - More of my favorites below.
Jackson Stakeman, fashion/beauty photographer, and my tourguide through NY, has a beautiful vibrant photoeditorial up at Lagmagazine. I tried to get a photographer’s statement out of him, and it was less than easy - but he did divulge that “I like images that have an idea in them, so the goal was to strip down both images until they were just color and design and hold them in opposition - Inspiration meets Reality.” - so go take a look at his floral vs. beauty shots. Full collection of images below…
His work look familiar? Well he also shot NOTed our first NOTcot EDitorial. Take a look at more of his work at his website or feel free to help me pressure him in to shooting more NOTed pieces, and other great shoots as innovative as these.