*notcot - , 01:30 -

Ben Collison

Remember the gorgeous Flower Girl from Pop Cling i mounted on that piece of wood the other day? Well that piece was the work of Ben Collison, an SF based artist/illustrator who also has a lot of gorgeous acrylic pieces i’m falling for tonight. (my favorites above, but i do have a soft spot for flowy organic feeling pieces and dragons ~ especially on wood). His inspirations for the Flower Girl can be seen in his older pieces as well… so go take a look. Also has a great stencil piece worth taking a look at.

*notcot - 09.19.06 , 01:10 -

Pop Cling Tags

New Tags launched on the sides of NOTCOT! This time we are sponsored by Pop Cling, which brings the art of local artists into your home in the form of high quality adhesive prints. This Costa Mesa, CA based company supports great local artists like Madsteez and Ben Collison to name a few. While this trend of moving away from traditional wallpaper and framed art has evolved into vinyl sticker graphics and magnetic wallpaper to let you fully customize your spaces ~ it fascinates me that Pop Cling has taken it to the next level by creating full art pieces to can simply stick wherever you please. One of my favorite pieces is Ben Collison’s Flower Girl, which they sent me to try out ~ review below! So, explore the tags! And see some of the different pieces they have, and some creative places to stick them up ~ all pieces are printed in limited runs and come with numbered certificates of authenticity.

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*notcot - 09.17.06 , 23:54 -

Banksy Updated

While i hate to further indulge this media circus that has been Banksy’s Barely Legal… i couldn’t resist going back today to see what a front page LA Times image (with article on front of the California section) & expected animal rights controversy yesterday turned the show into… The result? A line longer than one would have expected at the opening to Space Mountain… one of the most bizarre mixed crowds pouring into a small downtown LA street/alley. An overheated fire hazard where you are elbow to elbow looking at “art” while being yelled at to keep circulating so others too can see the art. And saddest of all? No more pink elephant… just a slightly pinkish hued one… And the security (hardcore woman with beret and all) was trained to search my purse for a SHARPIE - not weapons….. So kudos to Banksy, for using LA to do what it’s best at. It was certainly one hell of a weekend. [New updated images in the Gallery… extensive discussion on BoingBoing… and tons of youtubes of the pink elephant.]

*notcot - , 23:25 -

GOOD Party

Dropped by the GOOD Magazine LA Launch Saturday night - and it was an interesting scene - the Bacardi and Pom were flowing (as well as Fiji Water and Pom Teas) - took place at St. Vibiana’s downtown (a historic converted cathedral) - had some really sweet flat packed looking benches/tables with trays of 1” buttons, plants, magazines ~ and an interesting mix of dj’s and live bands throughout the night…

For those who haven’t heard, Good Magazine is 26 year old Ben Goldhirsh’s newest venture, fueled by 12 under 25’s looking to change the world by creating their own media voice. [Check out the LATimes article] From a design standpoint - their layouts are really fun and worth taking a look at ~ lots of WIRED-esque information visualization (although i must admit, some of it slightly over the top for readability), great photography spreads, and love the typography (clean & strong). One of my favorite aspects of the premier issue? MORE PARTY ANIMAL stickers. (full scan below).

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*notcot - 09.16.06 , 03:13 -

Happy 10th!

Wallpaper turns the big 1-0. I may only be 23, but i do remember them from back in the day. I also love that together with Phaidon they’ve finally released some vibrant pocket sized travel guides, and will definitely pick some up for the next adventure. So just a quick shout out to them - they’ve been inspiring and influencing my love of all things gorgeously ingenious for a whole decade now.

*notcot - 09.15.06 , 18:13 -

Banksy Statues

Of the pieces shown at Barely Legal, this set grabbed me the most. Statues just pull you more in person, vs the paintings… and really just watching PEOPLE at this show is worth going back for. Check out the images below (aka cropped and sorted for your viewing pleasure) - or you can also view my larger unedited set in the Gallery.

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*notcot - , 03:58 -

Banksy in LA

elephantbanksy.jpgFirst things first - no one can ignore a Pink Elephant in LA. Or probably anywhere for that matter. Especially behind a white picket fence, on a rug, being tossed pretzels… the question of everyone who sees the pics from the internet is always “is it real?” well proof of how real it is is below in pictures.

Checked out the Banksy Barely Legal show a few hours ago, and it IS as fun as all the hype… while most of the pieces you may have been seeing online for a while - still fun to check out, and it really is all about the elephant. I know this will be all over every site (if not already) ~ but took so many pics, feel free to take a look at my perspective.

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*notcot - 09.14.06 , 20:31 -


pKS1-3098168dt.jpgThis card says it all, and while Kate Spade calls it a baby announcement, i think this is truly the card for all occasions. I can see using it for everything - what correspondence isn’t worthy of such a first impression? For obvious reasons i’m biased to the b+w striped envelope interior… then that vibrant hue of red to grab your attention combined with the simplicity of the lettering with such a bold message… HERE COMES TROUBLE [i’m thinking these are good business/calling card inspiration.]

*notcot - 09.12.06 , 10:24 -


Love the design, great simplicity/colors/fonts - and it plays like an old school video game (or at least it sounds like it) as it finds and creates these product clusters for you while pulling out from amazon. I know people love how simple google’s main page is - but seriously, this one pulls off that simplicity even better. Amaznode (colin posted this to .org and i have been mesmerized since i woke up)

*notcot - 09.11.06 , 23:41 -

London Design Festival

Posting this as a reminder to anyone who’s in or near enough London to attend the festivities, i know i wish teleportation was not simply a thing of the future. And if you are going to be there, end up there, get dragged there, show off designs there - take some pics! Share some stories! and feel free to make me jealous. London Design Festival.

*notcot - , 23:26 -

Half Life Falling Water Model

This YouTube will blow your mind on multiple levels… but here’s why it does it for Shade Elaine and me… a) It’s Frank Lloyd Wright’s Falling Water. ‘Nuff said. b) well, she and i spent a quarter in college modding half life and learning c++ in doing so. Seriously, you can’t even imagine the silliness we came up with, the surreal creepy worlds we’d make where you’d be wandering and exploring as scientists and zombies alike were functioning as performance artbots - or you were swimming through random CUBES of water till you fell off the ends of the “world”. So here you have a Frank Lloyd Wright’s Falling Water as rendered in Half-Life so gorgeous and detailed you can even browse your way into the bathroom. See the real thing here. [via the incredibly inspiring Hulger blog.]

*notcot - 09.08.06 , 13:26 -

Silverstein Interview

My first foray into design was advertising - before i got jaded in college, print advertising was torn out, collected, analyzed the way some kids had baseball cards. There was something about seeing a way to turn something so capitalist into something so artistic, yet still get a legitimate point across that appealed so greatly… yet sadly somewhere my real world experience with graphic design went sour - and thus began my exploration further into technology/products/art…

But it is hearing interviews like this one with Rich Silverstein from Goodby, Silverstein & Partners that make me think about going back to it. And for all fields of design, his messages are refreshing and honest - and remind you how important passion for creating really is. I fully agree with him on PAPER, there really is something more substantial about it, and i don’t see it going away… how else can i explain that the more tech i accumulate never seems to cut down on my sketchbook consumption? Anyhow, there are so many great points in this chat, just let it run in the background while you work, i guarantee you’ll love it. This is the first of a series of Masters Interviews by Monadnock Paper Mills. (Thanks, John)

*notcot - 09.05.06 , 15:00 -

Melbourne Facade

Our Melbourne corespondent, Lucy Feagins has another delicious dose of design for you ~ and this one really took my breath away - you must go stare at the pictures after the jump, i can’t stop.

Melbourne architects Jackson Clements Burrows faced an interesting challenge in replacing a decaying single-fronted weatherboard cottage in the backstreets of Richmond, Melbourne. The area’s heritage overlay restrictions meant that in replacing the existing cottage, the architects were required to respond in form, scale and detail to the surrounding buildings which make up the heritage streetscape.

The unique solution was to create an image of the original house as a graphic overlay, which was then superimposed onto the glass façade of the new building at 1:1 scale. The result is an unquestionably modern home which succeeds in preserving the character of its predecessor, whilst also offering a witty critique of the planning processes that often limit architecture in heritage zones.

Look closely – even the gum tree depicted in the façade image grows out of the graphic and into the sky!

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*notcot - 09.02.06 , 14:07 -

Text as ink

Michelle S posted the work of Hong Kong Artist Tsnak Kin-wah to .org and he has some amazing work on his site. It reminds me of the way Hirschfield would hide his name and words in his ink drawings, only theses are far more obvious - but there’s something so appealing about using text to create imagery. He was the winner of the 2005 Sovereign Art Prize, the most prestigious art award in Asia, and the Prize of Excellence at the 2001 Hong Kong Art Biennial.

*notcot - 09.01.06 , 13:06 -

Fumi Watanabe

While on my woody art kick - had to share these new works by Fumi Watanabe over at Office (love their logo, must go check it out). Gorgeous pieces ~ can’t stop staring at them. Vaguely remind me of Audrey Kawasaki’s work. via ultrapdx.

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