For Gift Guide Day 21, i teamed up with RUGenius to bring you some of our favorite nature inspired finds, this is only part one, since as far as flora and fauna go, we accidentally filled today with fauna… so part two focused on flora coming tomorrow! And as a side note, i’m a bit disappointed i can’t REALLY buy a crocodile for $50, a sheep for $45, or a camel for $175… well i can, just not ship it to a friend as a surprise… loving the Oxfam America Unwrapped initiative though.
Gift Guide Day 26 ~ are my picks from our sponsor Delight! Since someone asked on the last post ~ just to clarify (sorry i was slow about this, its been a crazy week) ~ all sponsors are stores i already admired and love, and during the gift guide’s 31 days i will dedicate one day to each sponsor where you get to see my picks from their stores (*luckily the stores trust my taste and let me do this*). Today, i’ve filled the guide with products from their Editor’s Picks which are always available… but don’t forget about their New Arrivals, because Delight launches a new product every day at noon (and keeps them in the store for 30 days, or until sold out, whichever comes first).
My stencil, my spray paint, and i just went to town on a pile of boxes. Because i can! And because i’m a little zoned today after traveling last night then gift guiding till 5am… and there is something so calming and fun about not staring at a screen and spray painting! And if you happen to need boxes for art projects or gifting… just hit up the post office, they’ll fill up your car for you! Spray paint as gift wrap, and reusing the packing materials from the packages i’ve had this year is my way of reusing and wasting less than possible… bottom line really is that snail mail SO beats email. So while i’m not telling you anything about what these boxes are for or what they will be filled with, just wanted to to say ~ get away from your screens and go spray something or make something…
There have been quite a few questions about what the music on the NOTCOT Gift Guide is… so here’s the deal. The musical masterminds of Burst Labs (remember we wrote about their sweet flash music browsing nav?) have put together some Naughty + Nice twists on holiday classics which they’ve shared with our gift guide… read more about it on their blog post:
Favorites from the Naughty side :
* a Fela Kuti inspired version of Good King Wenceslas
* Joy To The World at a bar mitzvah?!
* trip hop and dub flavored O Come O Come Emmanuel
* our take on the New Year’s Eve standard Auld Lang Syne is sprinkled with more cabaret fairy dust than Michael Jeter dipped in powdered sugar
The Nice selections of Christmas music include :
* The Brightest Of Stars, a bouquet of warm and gooey spiritual Christmas sauce featuring members of The Farewell Circuit
* God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen has a gruff male vocal and an acoustic backing band
* It Came Upon A Midnight Clear features a confident but relaxed female singer
The fires in southern california are… I can’t even find the words to describe how i’m feeling right now, but i’ve been trying to keep myself busy and find things to post, edit, read, anything really… and i can’t stop refreshing the google maps, news feeds, twitter feeds, etc. I’m currently in SF, and was supposed to drive back down to LA yesterday, but at my mother’s wishes i’m staying put for now… and it’s almost worse just sitting here watching it all. With so many friends and family in coastal LA and SD areas who have been evacuated, packed, waiting i wish there was more we could do. But for now, since its been hard keeping track of where to go to keep up with the info, here are a few links, and if any readers have more resources, feel free to post them as well.
LA Times google map of the fires
SD Google Maps of the fires
LA Fire Department Email Alerts (you get them in real time when they go out to media)
LAFD’s Twitter version of the alerts
LA County Fire Dept
LA Times breaking news
Sign On San Diego has a live blog
For news resources LAist points to:
CBS2/KCAL9 has multiple live video feeds available here, ABC7 is live here. KNX 1070 is doing a commendable job, with several reporters on duty for over 24 hours straight now. KNX has been broadcasting commercial-free since the fires broke early Sunday. Listen in here. KFWB’s stream is here.
NASA Images of the Malibu situation (these are seen above - the middle two).
From all the NOTCOT kids (we’re all socal natives!) ~ our thoughts go out to everyone dealing with the fires, or with loved ones there. *fingers crossed* that those santa ana winds let up soon.
I was approached by Elemente Magazine a few months back, and i hadn’t heard of them. Apparently they are “Canada’s Alternative Design Magazine” on Architecture + Design + Lifestyle + International (as it says on the cover)… and they have been Nominated Best New Magazine in Canada (also on the cover). Well this is definitely one not to pass up on the newstands ~ its a nice super glossy design mag filled with a lot of content similar to what you find here at NOTCOT. In fact the O2 Cocoon i previously wrote about turned up on the cover of the latest issue! They have nice clean layouts, great typography, and i do love the super glossy paper. After being quite impressed with the back issues Elemente editor, Angus MacKenzie sent over, i even agreed to write a few short pieces for the latest issue (first time being in print as a writer!)… so i couldn’t help but share a few quick pics with you this Friday evening. You can check out my blurbs online at Elemente ~ but for frequent readers, it’s nothing you haven’t seen here… new copy, but i covered the Puma Urban Mobility line, Oxo Corn Stripper, and Art + Cook for them. Also check out the Elemente site for more insight on what else you can find in their magazine.
The novelty of seeing NOTCOT in print has still yet to wear off. It makes me giddy ~ maybe thats showing my age, but print still has that effect on me. HUGE thanks to Corey who emailed in while i was in Philly that NOTCOT got a tiny mention in the October 2007 issue of Entrepreneur - Rumor Has It section… managed to snag a copy while waiting around for hours at the Philly airport. No i’m not one of their Young Millionaires (yet. at 24, i’m running out of time i suppose though!)… but designer Ren Moulton (seen cozying up with his chew toy) did list us as one of the product blogs he visits! And it was in bold print in a larger font… so as tiny a mention, it’s big in its own literal way.
On strange days ~ i woke up at 6am in LA, jumped on a flight at LAX by 9… didn’t take off for well over an hour after that (which was a result of mechanical issues, followed by what i only later found out to be a 30 min delay b/c VP Cheney was taking off at the same time)… end up hanging out at the airport in philly for a while, end up on a shuttle full of dieticians… then find myself at the gorgeous Rae Restaurant at the new Cira Center… and now i’m curled up in a big plushy bed at the Ritz Carlton Philadelphia. So before i can process everything, here’s a random post to show you the bizarrely lush world of the philly ritz around me right now… things to note? The over the top Chocolate Thursday Nights… with a lobby filled with choc fountains, etc. And this cloud of comfiness of a giant bed to work from. And the beautiful glass dome in the lobby.
I think this Moosejaw flag is just about full… So here’s a pile of pins that i wanted to share with you that have ended up in my room since NOTCOT started, and not knowing what to do with them, they kept ending up on this flag… sharing some of the randomness in my everyday that inspires me… here is everything from yahoo devil pins, flickr pins, obama pins, design public, icff, copenhagen design days, lil’ gamers, my absolute favorite pagne “i need more money or cheaper taste” button, NOTCOT buttons!, good magazine, nasa planes, lower haighter smoking pigeon, doe-sf, diesel style lab metroscope, moleskinerie, sid-lee, digital freedom, ihatetimesheets.com, heifer international, curry house, gigantic brand, cardboard robot, oddica, people like us, happy lucky me, hot wheels, diesel sweeties… and i’m sure there are even more if you look closely at the bigger image below. And of course you can still buy NOTCOT Buttons! (but i might need to reorder soon! and, well, if i do sell out, we’d have to design some new ones to add for tastespotting and notcouture of course! no pressure to help buy them up or anything.)
Ok fine, i’m jetlagged in denial. But its 4am and i am wide awake suddenly. I apologize for the post lull because… well weds i flew to paris, saturday night i was back in la, monday i drove up to sf, and then tues 8am i was at the FM Conversational Marketing Summit until 7:30, at which point i ran home, and then as much as i told people and wanted to, i kind of crashed ~ couldn’t formulate sentences let alone make it to the after after party. BUT i saw Ask a Ninja LIVE! (totally worth being deliriously tired at 4pm but waiting it out till 6).
Just a quickie rant ~ it was a sea of iphones. Highlights? Well, Ask a Ninja… getting to meet a dozen or so of the really nice FM folks in person… being on a panel with Core77’s Stuart Constantine and Merlin Mann!!! Seeing our logo on the materials… Hearing about how the marketing/media guys perceive and approach the digital/social/video spaces. Really feeling that vast divide between networks that spawn out new sites because they feel like the traffic is there and how they hire people to do the heavy content work… versus networks like us which people don’t seem to believe i still naively launch sites simply b/c we’re kind of obsessive about those topics. Hearing about how boing boing (disem-vowel-ing) and ars manage their communities ~ all about the boing boing redesign. Xeni saying the conference should become a drinking game with a shot for everytime ‘conversation’ is said. Getting caught up on the video space… Having Brianna from Illustration Friday hand me an awesome moo card and polaroid print (sorry i was totally starting to crash around that time!)…
SO, i’m not sure if i’m going to make it over for today’s session, i’m so terribly behind in posting, and i must admit if there’s one thing i heard the most yesterday it was “WHAT? You are doing all of the content AND trying to do this business stuff?” So, yes, so far, that’s pretty much the deal… but i’ve JUST taken on some help in addition to FM! So anyone wanting to work with us as far as advertising/marketing ideas, drop Jared, the new NOTCOT Advertising Manager a line (jared-at-notcot.com) - he’s helping ease my load by dealing with all things ad related (for anyone who has contacted me about this in the past ~ well, response times will be infinitely faster now!) And i think i’m finally learning the advertising/marketing side of things does feel a little dirtier? And if it ever came between content or money, well i’m a content girl. (but you knew that). Ok 5:30am rant concluded, lots of pictures below!
Remember i mentioned Chanel was bringing bloggers to Paris? Well i’m there now (hence the lack of posting) and as you will see if you peek at my quick random snapshots, i’m actually getting some of that much needed relaxing in the big cushy bed right now - although i should be sleeping, not acting like the internet junkie i am paying for my few hours of hotel connection to check the 100+ emails today, check in on the sites (the editors and submitters are too good at what they do, thrilled to see so many great posts up!) and upload a few pics… Real posts coming sometime after Saturday night when i’m back in LA probably…
Yup ~ i lacked the energy to do a proper post today ~ so instead i added some links i loved over on org in my laziness to write/code up something longer… so click those pics! And think of it as a 5-in-1 of wonderfully cool inspiring projects worth looking at!
In all honesty this failed vacation hasn’t gotten better ~ i haven’t exactly stopped or relaxed exactly, nonstop meetings/calls/emails/decision making… so i’m off to Paris with Chanel on weds ~ back in LA saturday night ~ then driving up to SF monday for the FM Conversational Marketing Summit ~ then trying again at this vacation thing perhaps?
SO silly 3:21am question of the night/morning ~ Paris ~ if i have a few hours to spare, any must see recommendations of unique stores or art exhibitions going on? (Colette is on my must visit list already) Thanks!
Click pics to see more! Ahhhh there’s something so satisfying to me about seeing all these great posts from NOTCOT.org together in mini form. RUGenius picked these out as her favorite 15 of the moment ~ quite the random assortment of paper folding (for transformers or in silver) - laundry shaped like Europe - naturally inspired illustrations - kids in viking beanies - an inflatable twist to a classic chair - bioshock tee - you know, the usual at .org. And the site is only ever as interesting as what YOU help contribute… so don’t hesitate to share the great things you find in your everyday!
Apologies for two self referential posts back to back. This whole “vacation” thing has kind of equaled more of a “coding+design” thing the last two days… and as i’m sure you’ve noticed by now i got the new Navigations (top top and below the main content) as well as the new Footers (easier access to see what’s going on on the other sites! Although we haven’t gotten to coding it to pull the latest from each yet… so i’ve hand coded in the top Nice/Starred ones for the moment). I feel silly saying this ~ but it feels like the old days of NOTCOT, when it started as a css/html experiment ~ so being the transparent designers/coders that we are, this is a work in progress (still) , so if you find bugs please tell us, we’re working on it!
Also, weird RSS issues seem to be popping up across the web… we’re trying to learn about Atom feeds, and this whole UTF situation… if anyone has some insight, feel free to leave a note.
Hello, world. I am here to officially say that i am ON VACATION. To do things like stare out the window at that view above… perhaps wander into that world a bit more… hopefully go back to my usual jetsetting and beach bumming while wandering the shops. Ok ok, in all seriousness, that’s what i WANT to be doing, but probably will not be doing as soon as i had hoped… and i just wanted to give you all a little update on the status of things here at NOTCOT. For those interested click through below… if not, keep going about your day! I’ll have more posts up shortly (because posting IS what i do for fun… its all the other stuff i need a vacation from!)