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.
More goodness from the art collective ATYPYK. The weapon like candle stick, that doesn’t even appear able to stand on its own. The peaceful Mercedes Benz. And possibly the one stool that would be great to have in a party, if only just to watch people avoid it.
Look LEFT. Look RIGHT. NEW TAGS!!! Gallery Notcot is proud to present the work of Melvin Galapon for the month of June. The most exciting thing about this piece is how much you see in the tags, yet how much more fascinating the images become when you look closer. He handcrafts these incredible pieces with everything you least expect as the mediums, from tiny pen crosses in graph paper, to 2” pins, to those round label stickers, to push pins, and even the cardboard remains of waitress’ notepads! So explore on. [And i know you love the Bush PINHEAD piece…] And if you’re one who likes order, start at the beginning of the gallery here.
The British Design Council is making a big push to educate the public (especially businesses) about the value and importance of our field. Design is key! So i’m glad they are launching a campaign to reinforce that, and their new site Design Fact Finder is a place to explore exactly HOW critical design is - chock full of numbers for those business types that don’t believe why they need to hire you.
You’ve been seeing Oddica’s shirts around the usual tee sites, and i even posted about their philosophies and sweet designs previously… The brilliant and nice folks over there sent a shirt over to Jermacide to review, and while he’s busy with work at the moment, i couldn’t help forcing him to let me post the packaging first! Isn’t it fun? T-shirts shouldn’t be just another piece of clothing stuffed in an envelope - the experience of opening and exploring mail isn’t dead. So check out the great custom printed ziploc like envelopes they use, and the great slew of postcards, pins, stickers, and the really fun old school “library book card” that gives you an easy way to a) keep track of what shirts your have and b) loan them out to people and track them. [envelope close up below]
Oooh the work of Kustaa Saksi is a must see portfolio that spans many mediums from illustration to fashion - and he’s done some incredible campaigns with Diesel, Wallpaper, Playboy, Citroen, and Issey Miyake. This Finnish born designer, turned Parisian transplant - will give you a brainful of inspiration via strong scandinavian surrealist colorful imagery! [via NOTCOT.org]
I love the Fabulist. ESPECIALLY their incredibly well designed little ads… they are like snippets of enticing visual goodness. AND they are having a contest on until June 23rd! Prizes You’d Like* -Elf Power’s “Back to the Web” 180 Gram Vinyl -Ladytron’s “Witching Hour” 2-LP Set/180 Gram Vinyl -Osaka Popstar CD -Soul Asylum’s Best of the Twin*Tone Years CD -limited 4x5 art print from Tiny Showcase -Noupa toy from UglyDolls creator David Horvath -one-of-a-kind plush doll from PainfulCuteness -Molley Malone Mini-Tin from Elizabeth McGrath. FUN!