Veering slightly from our regularly scheduled content - WTF? I am appalled, outraged, and amazed. My order of Tord Boontje bowls and dessert plates from target (yes i placed that order like a month ago)… not only aren’t here yet… well not the plates… but the bowls just woke me up this morning, and can you BELIEVE the SIZE of that box, or the amount of cardboard and paper i was sent? The bowls are like cereal bowls to give you some perspective. That big box is almost the size of the Think chair box. So as designer friendly as they may be, minimizing waste doesn’t seem to be so high on the list. I needed to vent, since Target made me feel dirty after all my eco happy posts last night.
FREE WIFI PHONE! Did that get your attention? Just incase you haven’t filled out the survey, or told your other friends to do it yet, thought it was about time to give you another reason to! This week we will be picking a winner for Untangled Life’s generous giveaway of the Netgear Wifi Skype phone.
In case you’ve been hiding in a hole lately, this is no ordinary skype phone… it doesn’t need a computer! just a wifi connection you can start calling up everyone you know around the world… the epitome of wirelessness - and just the perfect gift from the boys of Untangled Life ~ since this device is a great example of how their store will help you and your loved ones (or ones who annoy you with cries for tech help) get untangled. (More on why i love these guys below…)
Ah how the time flies, but posting here really makes it so fun. Happy Thursday ~ Happy Thanksgiving… and for those americans out there, try not to over indulge. This week RUGenius rounds it all up for us.
i know i should be feeling nostalgic for the olden days with thanksgiving and all, but i confess, i’m ditching the turkey for a night out on the town. london calling…and in celebration of the city, this week’s picks are fun, modern and about my love for the metropole: 2182: a fresh take on the tattoo, 2203: t-rex necklace, 2197: shock jacket, 2204: subway map, 2230: opus
If you were wondering why we went a bit quiet this weekend… well, had some coding to learn, some designing to do, and our first Holiday Sponsorship/Giveaway/Survey to launch! As with all things NOTCOT, this is yet another little experiment. This is our way of giving back to everyone… some of our favorite companies get some exposure, readers get to win goodies, and we hopefully get to learn a little about who you guys are! (i have a tendency to be extremely curious about such things). So look forward to 4 weeks of fun prizes (a sponsor a week) with a combined value of ~$1500!
Week 1: is kicked off by ThisNext. You were some of the first to hear about their launch, heard about BlogIt before it even went live, and many of you have contributed to my ThisNext tags on the front page by tagging things ‘notcot’… chatting with Craig Ogg (ThisNext CTO) about this sponsorship, he reminded me to give you all a big THANKS! from ThisNext for all the great products you’ve been recommending over there ~ if you check out the site, you’ll notice lots of great design finds (and SO much more). I’m also excited to share a new section of the site: GIFT GUIDES! (more about the brand spankin’ new guides below.)
What can i say? Shade Elaine and i noticed there was a whole lot of art going on this week over at the .org.
(l-r, 2123, 2135, 2140, 2106, 2112)
With all the random snapshots of designer goodness and random inspiration submitted to .org every week, its getting harder and harder to pick for the roundups!
So Shade Elaine did the honors this week. “It’s 2:05am on Thursday and we are tirrrred. We got some useful things to check out on .org this week: a handy font booklet, silly bottle openers, a great resource for car designs/logos, a place to sit, and something to get you around town if you put wheels on it.” You have NO IDEA how tired we are. It has been a LONG week, and i’m still working my butt off trying to get this surprise ready for you guys next week. So please keep the awesome posts coming to .org, it makes the days that much more fun!
p.s. contrary to the emails and comments coming in more frequently, we are neither a store, nor necessarily have relationships with the vendors/designers we feature. Sometimes we do! But please try contacting them via their pages if you have questions about specific products/services.
(l-r, 2032, 2041, 2045, 2046, 2050)
Notcot.org got highlighted over at NetDiver! “From trendy to cutting-edge to wild and kitschy NOTCOT is a superbe assemblage of visual filtration of ideas + aesthetics + amusements. Initiated and co-founded by super powagirrrl Jean Aw and Daniel Frysinger.” And they’ve added us to their list of Powagirrrls!
If you’re wondering why i’m so excited, NetDiver has been one of my favorite sites long before this site even existed. So it’s an honor to be featured there! For those not so in the know, NetDiver is an online mag “Devoted to tutoring, empowering and stimulating creativity as well as excellence in design projects by the international community involved in the industry and beyond!”. (And i’ve never been labeled a Powagirrrl before)
Go on - try clicking specific images up there! This is my collaged IMAGE MAP Can’t Go Wrong Gift List over at ThisNext. (my claim is that there is something for your everyone on here.) In actuality, this post is a test of a new tool/feature i’ve been working on for ThisNext that we soft launched over the weekend: Blog-It- It take next to no effort to post your recommendations, and for lists, it will create an image map from a list ~ [something i’ve been thinking about doing for the .org roundups for sometime now, but seriously, photoshopping and coding image maps by hand are a pain!] ~ so each of those images links you directly to the item pages… and you can set the width, # of columns, # of items, etc. [Another example of a larger version of this image below]. We’ve worked hard to make sure this tool will help make blogging easier, not push ThisNext branding on your blog, and i’m really obsessed with the image map functionality that anyone can put into their blog with this… I’m still working on testing this with a few people, it will probably officially launch in a few days, but if you’d like to help try it out ~ would love the feedback! (details after the jump)
Shade Elaine and I realized that today there was such a Noah’s Ark thing going on, we had to highlight that for this week’s .org roundup. Also i’m sure you’ve noticed a lot of new users submitting some incredibly good stuff, well don’t let that intimidate you from submitting your finds too! (been getting a few emails from people with submissions instead of just submitting them, that’s what its there for!)
(l-r, 1986, 1983, 1982, 1981, 1979)
I know i’ve told you about the Wee Ninja before, as well as ThisNext (the tags down at the bottom of the page, my consulting for them, Digital Life, etc) ~ but here’s one of those exciting design/shopping related stories i had to share!
I’ll put it out there, i’ve had my doubts about how social shopping and recommendation sites would really impact designers and smaller stores that we love to feature here at NOTCOT. So check out the latest NYTimes article on “Word of Mouth” Shopping… particularly ThisNext’s impact on Shawnimal’s Wee Ninja.
“It’s been a big start to the holidays for Shawn Smith, his wife and creative partner, Jennifer Brody, and their Wee Ninja doll. Ever since the third week of August, when the new social shopping site ThisNext.com spotlighted the Wee Ninja — “Can’t resist his tractor beam of cute,” wrote one contributor — the couple have been unable to make enough of the cuddly black dolls with the cream-colored faces.
The retail Web sites that the couple rely on to help sell the Wee Ninja — ThinkGeek.com and MyPlasticHeart.com — are already out of stock. “From October through December last year, we sold a total of 200,” said Mr. Smith, who designs and assembles the $19.99 dolls in the couple’s five-year-old Shawnimals studio in the Bucktown neighborhood of Chicago. “From October through December this year we’ll sell at least 600, and probably 800. That’s huge for us.”
Mr. Smith credits the online trend spotters at ThisNext.com, and more recently at Stylehive.com, for giving the doll a holiday boost. “Until August, we were just getting our normal orders of a few dozen at a time,” Mr. Smith said. “Then came the mention on ThisNext.com. All of a sudden, stores are ordering hundreds at a time.””
So let’s just say that this story just makes me light up (esp since i’ve been in love with the wee ninja since July 2005… and will it surprise you that i was the first of 18 recommendations of the little guy?)… and i have renewed faith in Social Shopping. So go recommend your favorites and use your power of word of mouth, because Holiday shopping is around the corner, and it looks like this is the best way to support your favorite designers/stores in addition to buying from them!
I know i promised that i would be back on top of things Monday evening - but i just drove back to LA from SF - have been desperately trying to compose a decent post, but this migraine will NOT let up! But i did manage to post a few quick must click/reads over to .org, so i hope that will keep you going till tomorrow. Some reviews i want to post this week that i’m really excited about… also maybe i ought to think about finding some writing help here, running out of enough hours in the day! Any thoughts?
WOW. I almost missed that Thursday happened altogether. It’s been that kind of a week. With the new launch last week of .org’s new system, we’ve had a great response, a LOT of submissions, and the most notcotty (can that be a word?) ones are all up for your viewing pleasure. All creative eye candy all the time! Welcome to all the new registered users, its so nice to get to see the bios and webpages of users and get a feel for who you readers are, and what you might like. Keep up the great contributions, i honestly look forward to all of them when i wake up.
(l-r, 1818, 1856, 1881, 1893, 1895)
My great escape from the everyday yesterday was Marie Antoinette. Mediocre reviews all around from LATimes and WSJ ~ but there are some movies you don’t see for plot, you already know whats going to happen. This was audio and visual eye candy all around. The music is as deliciously playful as the outfits, the overly decorated pastries, the incredible gardens at sunrise, the shoes, giant stacked hair with birds all around ~ not a detail out of place - except what was up with the pair of blue converse in a scene where she’s changing clothes/trying on shoes? Or was i seeing things? I loved it. I’d watch it again just to escape into a different world. [oh, and that type face on the bright pink on the black - it just works so well. and my mom’s biggest complaint? Dunst looks a bit old to be playing 12-early 20s - and i need the soundtrack : 2 discs of classical, 80’s, punk glam goodness, perfect for working to - for 14$ - oh - and there’s not as much as much sex and debauchery as they imply its PG-13]
Picture below - i thought it was interesting how Sony Pictures chose to push the PSP on the movie’s site by having clips play in a PSP facade.
With so many new users, we’ve been really excited with the response people have had to NOTCOT.org in the last 21 weeks - So we’ve been working extremely hard (Jermacide in particular) to get this new system up and running. Here are some of the new features ~ and if you haven’t registered yet - come try it here!
* NOW SECRET CODE FREE!
NOTCOT.org is doing some growing up. We have finally let go of the secret code, and have created a more robust system where literally anyone can submit… all you need to do is register. Once registered, submissions will go directly to our submissions page, and upon approval by an editor, they will appear on the front page…. OH! and there’s a preview when you post now, so you have a chance to edit after you post, and if you are as lazy as i am and don’t want to click save, don’t worry, it will automatically post it if you do nothing.
*Why, yes, you can go straight to the front page.
Based on the number of posts you’ve made, and how many of those posts make it to the front page, [insert mumbo jumbo about complex algorithm/thought process here] you may notice your posts appearing automatically on the front page. Likewise… if your posts start to drop off the main page or do not appear there immediately, no worries, great content sometimes has to be filtered out to maintain the bizarre style of notcot.org, but feel free to post away
* NOW WITH SEARCH!
Up in the top right corner! It currently searches the captions - more incentive to write better captions? We look forward to developing this aspect further, but baby steps people…
* View all posts by a user
In case some of you have yet to try this - you can click on a user’s name in a post and see all of their posts.
I hope you’ll forgive me for breaking my own random tradition of the .org roundups on Thursdays, this whole time zone hopping tradeshow buzzing thing has me a bit thrown off - so in only semi breaking the norm - check out my favorite row from this week - and go get lost in NOTCOT.org and find your own favorites! Because there really was so much amazing design inspiration, i don’t think anything i pick can really do it justice.