*notcot - 05.25.05 , 12:39 - 7 Notes

Bush Butterflies

TraceyBushBritishButterflies.jpgThe British Butterflies of Tracey Bush are part of the new acquisitions at the architectural wonder: Yale Center for British Art. These little die cut pinned butterflies change the way you approach entomology and lepidoptera and combine it with the “old” tradition of paper letter writing and stamps and books. There’s something truly touching/confusing/nice about her pieces… and the real thing is worth a look.

Many pictures following. I love the look in old cigar boxes. Nice touch.

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*notcot - 05.21.05 , 18:21 - 1 Notes

Boondocks+Adult Swim

hm_strip.jpgYay! Boondocks are going to be animated and brought to Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim! I just found this out from LAist.com even though looks like it was announced back in January. A great comic, with witty smart ideas combined with the psycho playful Adult Swim. I can’t wait.

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*notcot - 05.20.05 , 23:06 - 0 Notes

PET PEEVE.

dilbert2045761040817.gifHalf of my problem with the “world”. My biggest pet peeve in the world is with regards to the world of design and usability/HCI/engineering/programming/etc. This is the first part… Creatives: it needs to be FUNCTIONAL. Usability/manufacturers: there is NO REASON for it to be ugly. I think i may have ranted a bit at UCSD cogsci HCI kids (i say kids, but i think they were all my age or older… and i was chatting about my design school experiences to an HCI class)… i keep getting the feeling some of them are too excited about making it usable, and forget that aesthetic is crucial too. Balance, people, balance. And nice find Core77 with this great dilbert epitomizing half my plight.

*ShadeElaine - 05.18.05 , 22:11 - 0 Notes

Eet’s ah Mario!

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Well, I’m sure you’re all overwhelmed by the plethora of E3 articles this week, but trust me, THIS ONE has got to be the best.  Maybe I’m naive, but I always thought that video game voices were just tweaked normal voices.  I was glad to find out that I was wrong!  Check out this article from the SF Chronicle and meet (and hear) the voice of Mario!

*notcot - , 22:02 - 1 Notes

Design Breakdown: XBOX 360

msgraph.jpgXBOX 360: The Design Breakdown… great article by Seattle Times, found on Joystiq. Here are a few quotes to get you going [but you need to read this one yourself…]

The executives talked about vehicles as a point of comparison. A Hummer had the same wild, architectural sense as the Xbox. On the mild, organic end was the Porsche 911, which had a well-evolved and distilled feel. That’s the look the group eventually settled on. Apple Computer’s iPod is mild, executives said. Mild will still look fresh five years from now. Wild and aggressive will seem dated.
When people there were asked what company might have made the console, they guessed Sony or Apple. That thrilled Microsoft executives.

Ok those were my favorite quotes. Now go read. Go.

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*notcot - 05.16.05 , 21:00 - 1 Notes

Who will fall in love with…

pickteeth.jpg Who will fall in love with Shanghai beauties like this? Please refrain from picking your teeth in public. Hahahahaha. Ok, just go click for more and read the full post already, i know you’re dying to see the other two.

Found in Luerzer’s, this campaign was created by the Shanghai Agency Leo Burnett… it falls in the “Social and Environment” category of the advertising/poster bi-monthly. I can’t stop laughing. Brilliant.

Scary… the client is “Shanghai Adbay - Public Ettiquette”, with the ad copy/description as follows:

“Who will fall in love with such beauty of Shanghai?” Part of a civil educational campaign initiated by the Shanghai City Government, was to remind her citizens to carry themselves properly in public.

While i agree that public ettiquette is beneficial to society in a way… where are the male equivalents to these ads? What about the revolting men trying to win the women? Crafty readers ought to take a stab at it?

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*notcot - 05.13.05 , 01:51 - 2 Notes

Literary DJ’s NEEDED

penguin.pngGOOD entries needed. This is such a great idea for a contest… Literary audio clips offered for use to brilliant musician/samplers to mix, by the old school publishers Penguin. The clips range from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Dracula, the little kids boook Spot (the dog!), some James Bond novels, William Blake poems, Great Gatsby, Time Machine… and so much more.

There is so much potential in such a concept, now we just need to spread the word! To some brilliant intellectual musician types? [no offense to the few entries so far, but they aren’t as exciting as i had hoped… YET]

so how it works: make music. or just listen and rate them. By the end of July its all over. Penguin ReMIXed.

*notcot - 05.11.05 , 03:42 - 0 Notes

Katamari Hippo/Goat

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These are two other creations by Keita Takahashi. The hippo is a tissue box holder, which plays on the word hippo in Japanese, which if I understand correctly sounds like the word for a tissue box holder. The whimsy of the piece comes through clearly even just in the expression on the hippo itself (let alone the colossal size).

My favorite though is the goat planter. While initially it looks like what one might call a “rather normal looking goat shaped planter”, the humor arises once you water the plant. The excess water from the planter drains through the goats udder onto the floor.

Perhaps its my over-active imagination, but this idea of a whimsical artistic creation that achieves humor through interaction seems like a good way of describing his theme both in his physical art and his video game. Whatever the case, I can’t wait to see what he comes up with next.

Click on the image above to watch Keita Takahashi’s talk at GDC, where he discusses these art pieces and his path to creating Katamari Damacy (he mentions his art about 40 minutes in).

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*notcot - 05.09.05 , 16:34 - 0 Notes

Magazine Age

calimag.pngThe war on filtration has begun. We’ve fought for freedom, property, access… there were newspapers, radio, tv, and now internet. There’s always the next big thing that puts fear in the established and creates opportunity for the next big thing. Well, it looks like the war on filtration of information in a time of a new problem of instant access to too great a wealth of information and misinformation is on.

Here is the newest campaign by the Magazine Publishers of America… on why the Age of the Magazine is coming.

Magazines Engage: In this age of interruption and advertising avoidance, consumers invite magazines into their lives.

That’s what they say anyhow, they also claim that mags provide accountability. Question everything… more imagery after.

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*notcot - 05.07.05 , 00:47 - 0 Notes

Plant-X-ray

16x20-Energy-Field--1997.jpgArt = Access… sometimes, but in this case definitely! It’s not easy to get access to x-ray machines to make fun art. I can only imagine how much fun i could have with one?

But here, found by La Petite Claudine, we have:

The work of photographer Judith K. McMillan takes the examination of plants to a new realm. Using an X-ray machine as her camera, McMillan photographs the internal structures of plants, revealing the beauty of natural forms invisible to the human eye. Judith McMillan’s images are ephemeral, eerie, and beautiful. The gladioli, poppies, water lilies, orchids, locust seeds and ferns that become the focus of her work take on a strangely translucent life, opening our minds to an alternate view of reality.

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*notcot - 05.04.05 , 19:48 - 1 Notes

TOHYTO

SP00.jpgTohyto is one of the many artists that produced limited edition work for Coachella. Among the many tents of music, merch, and food, was the “Coachella Boutique” featuring limited edition artist creations, mostly tee shirt art, but also featuring posters, scarves, a soccer jersey, and a vinyl bag. In addition to the limited edition pieces, their main logo/shirt designs for this year were clean and slightly retro (using a lot of cassette and record imagery, as well as a fun image with the polo players on horses swinging guitars).

Artists featured were Saiman Chow, Upso, Tohyto, Quique Rangel, Chase, Gama-Go, Jon Santos, Tara McPherson, Edoardo Chavarin & Luis Diaz. If people are interested in seeing some of the designs i can scan in the mini catalog. Additionally Super Lucky Cat created a few vintage/de-re-constructed tees from ‘99 Coachella shirts.

The image shown is a variation of the Tohyto shirt i bought (which had the crazy guitar guy in color on a dark grey American Apparel shirt.

*notcot - 04.22.05 , 02:04 - 0 Notes

Adobe Flash

Lil Gamers.pngI couldn’t have said it better myself As the graphics empire grows… i await what this really means for us little graphics minions… i mean designers. Ah, the love/hate relationship between flash and i.

*notcot - 04.21.05 , 18:19 - 1 Notes

Trailer? Milano?

milano.jpgThis really looks like the Galleria in Milano. Why didn’t they do this when i was there?!?! I can only find this tiny picture, but it’s pretty sweet. From O magazine, deciembre? Have you heard of it?

Also check out O1, that’s how i found this site, the Pablo Castillo crazy robot/creatures… pretty intense. O

*notcot - 04.20.05 , 21:47 - 0 Notes

Paris 1910

pont_st_peres.jpgAs ShadeElaine said “it’s one of those things you wouldn’t believe if you didn’t see it”. It’s art. Not new. Not fake. Just amazing. You will never hear me complain about this insane socal rain in the same way again.

Here is Le Pont des Saints-Peres, during the Paris flood of 1910. The others you need to see, let yourself escape into, imagine what it must have been like to be there. Beautiful breathtaking surreal photography. For more.

*notcot - 04.18.05 , 16:54 - 0 Notes

Boxing… On Good Design

Black Walnut Boxes In Boxes.jpgQuestion to you… what constitutes good design? People always say “you can’t design in a box”, implying that without inspiration and viewing the real world, and keeping up to date with what is “out there” you can not imagine and create the work dreams are made of. I suppose this is great for all the people who can take someone’s idea and do it better. Or the person who manages to take the good parts of everyone elses ideas and put them together. But that doesn’t really account for the crazy so off the wall, no one in their right mind said it would work, until it just did (and they scramble on the bandwagon eating their words as fast as possible). I guess you can just call them outliers… random mutations in the ideas and trends the rest fell into?

And good design… well just IS. It’s not completely relative to the world around it constantly is it? Within reason? And if that is so, and it is all so subjective… how does one manage to charge “reasonably” for such a service. Or was it Art when it was free of opinions? and just was… design has to fit into the context of the things around it?

I forget. Enlighten me. I found a design rut in my head…

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