Jermacide has been working steadily on the backend of NOTCOT.org lately, and we have some new user pages to launch soon. But until then, here are his picks for the week + keep the good stuff coming, its all the contributions that keep us so excited every time we load the page.
Sticker marketing - Lots have tried it - ThisNext is taking that to the next level. The basic concept is that when you love something, you sticker it - but unlike those Coolhunted and Lucky Magazine (yes/no/maybe) stickers - these work digitally (you can add your own text blurb and one of these stickers will appear on your product image) as well as physically (see below for pictures of the just released ThisNext stickers). They are about shopcasting and picking the best products you use/want/love. For those of you who pay close attention… this is the side project i’ve been writing for and official launch is coming, but not quite yet. So be patient.
Colin Rundel does this weeks digital curation of .org —- which has been under much craziness lately - for those of you who have noticed the periodic construction and such. The more complexity through features we add, the more bugs (some absolutely bizarre as far as my logic can determine) pop up - and the more fixing and backing up - and LEARNING happens on this side. But no posts have been lost - the RSS feed is on hold till we finalize our db to a stable state… so post away. Still loving the content, in fact i’m proud to say that i think you have all been getting better and better at it! And i’m addicted!
That said here’s what Colin picked for you : This week all kinds of beautiful prints from .org and a few other random bits and pieces. Prints on a swing seat, prints that really are for your wall and prints of a happy little anteater to tie it all together. If that doesn’t do it for you how about some painted access panels from utility posts around the streets of barcelona or the truly bizarre jewelry from cultured bone tissue.
(l-r, 877, 885, 890, 896, 910, 914)
I’m sure by now i can’t hide that i never outgrew my cartoon loving, sugar craving kid within. So it should come as no surprise when i tell you that i’m slow today on posts (but have quite a bit of amazing larger features on the list to post for you!) - because i need to pop down to Comicon and see what all the fuss is about, and check out new toys. But i’ll be back! Also, we might be in need of help/hiring/need more fun people to come play with us and find cool stuff or design with us. I’m deciding. But you know how to contact me if this even remotely piques your interest.
But for now, how fun are these kids shirts? These icons epitomize some of the phases of my childhood obsessions. Go JEETO! … also their Allergy Collection is freaking brilliant… see below.
Git along little doggie, git along git along…that’s right boys and girls, its time for the weekly .org roundup. It’s been another wild week at .org with generous posting by plenty of the old crew as well as some classy contributions from the new school. We’ve got fab tintin figurines, a gorgeous ecosmart fireplace, sunlight trapped in a jar, the ever-so-handy self-destruct button and floating tigers. Keep posting .orgers! —- This week’s were digitaly picked for you by RUGenius.
(l-r, 786, 810, 850, 770, 775)
Beauty in the moment, enlightenment in a bottle, sanrio in real life, crop circles in perspective, and cheap dreams are featured on .org this week and digitally selected for your viewing pleasure by Colin.
This week’s favs, as digitally selected by Shade Elaine - Space is one place that Matt hasn’t danced his jig, but if he were in space, he could eat space ram! (I bet it’s good for consumption on Earth too.) Elephants poop paper which, theoretically, artist Peter Callesen could use to make awesome art. If you feel icky about using paper made from elephant poop, go take a shower with an SAT math shower curtain.
(l-r, #548, #588, #626, #538, #618) - - - with voting started this week, and you can click on a poster’s name to see all posts by that person, NOTCOT.org is becoming more interactive… baby steps - come vote! and contribute!
VOTING! and Chronological vs. Popular Sort options. So here’s a quick little collage to get you going… its in like pre-alpha modes - we whipped it up last night in about an hour - just for kicks. B/c we’re just like that. Also when you click on a NAME - you can see all the posts from that person. Lots of bugs possibly, maybe not, so let me know - but in a nutshell you see your possible rollovers in red up there - click the heart to vote on it - click it again to unvote. But i didn’t feel like having it say vote - so it’s NICE! and NOT NICE. Anyhow for all of you who read, but don’t post, you can vote and it becomes slightly more interactive. NOTCOT.org
This week at .org The LA art scene, fancy tea, museum visitors, a crazy mixed-up carrot and faerie doors! ~ digitally picked for you by Hello-Friend.
Everyone needs to read this article. Michael Bierut’s insights on the critical nature of context in the life and death of logos is priceless… and i am starting to think i need to put together a pamphlet for prospective logo clients, because there is so much in that article which combined with some quotes and images of great logos (recontextualized of course) would be far more efficient, than any client discussion.
That said, i feel rambly tonight - and want to put a little potential call for help out to all of you. NOTCOT.org as well as linking the MySpace page to the public - has more than opened my eyes to how many incredibly talented creatives are reading this site - your finds are brilliant, and NOTCOT.com has become that much better from the contributions you all send in. The consulting/design studio side of NOTCOT is picking up, and that’s been taking some of my time/energy away from here… and the problem with the internet really is that the more you read, the more you find. The more you find, the more you need to read, and then its 6am again. I can’t find it all, and i know you find a lot that i miss - so anyone have the guts to step up and contribute to NOTCOT? Be it little articles, an editorial, a designer’s rant/insight? I’m practical, i’d rather have many writers giving us the piece of a lifetime, than two forcing something out every day. Bottomline, our niche is inspiration for creativity (yes, i know, “can she be more vague?”, but regular readers should know what i mean)… Drop me an email! We love trying new things, so don’t be shy! jaw-at-notcot-dotcom
Zoomorphic Calligraphy, Dodos, Strap On Milk Stools, Hidden Toilets, and Cards to fight Urban Spam!… just another normal week over at .org
This week curated by me/notcot/jean! Checked out Devil Wear Prada last night at the GenArt event, and it was better than expected - very survival of the fittest - Meryl Streep made it worth watching… that and the shoes… and the purses… and paris.
I’m sitting here blushing. Just got a phone call from some friends flying out to DC, “we saw NOTCOT in a magazine!”. And then in came a pdf of the article… So back in January, Jenna Schnuer, called wanting to do a quick phone interview about NOTCOT, for American Way (the American Airlines in-flight mag)… that doesn’t seem like that long ago, but reading this little blurb and seeing how far we came SINCE, is pretty incredible, and to have something in real print (not this internet print) is just exciting. Lets see, a quick recap - since this interview, we now have well over twice as many readers, had the big redesign and launched the gallery in the tags, launched NOTCOT.org, started our own consulting/freelance studio (website in the making, email for involvement/info), launched NOTed, and have had an incredible time doing it all. So thanks, and click the pic to read the article! [American Way, June 15th, 2006]… so, since January, has our “addiction factor” grown stronger?
Ok so Sunday was a bit nuts for us over here at NOTCOT… we launched NOTed (which i am a bit eager about, and am loving the feedback i’ve been getting so far - but would love to hear from the rest of you too! Do you love/hate it? want more? help us spread it around, we want to know what people think!)
… as also sent out our first test email to the list (and seeing as i have minimal PHPlist and html email experience this was a big nervous step for me) - so everyone on the list, if you didn’t get it - EMAIL ME. And if you aren’t on the list yet - well go here and get on it. We won’t spam you, we’ll keep it to things that would make us smile when we open our inbox.