*notcot - 09.17.07 , 14:04 - 5 Notes

Easy Buttons

easybuttons1.jpgReady for possibly one of my most ridiculous posts ever? (And my excuse of the moment is, i’m having some personal issues, so i’m coping by doing silly things like this). So remember the Staples Easy Button? I posted it about it back in December 2005… and i’m assuming that thanks to unintentional SEO, all those crazy comments of people discussing how to hack it (to become a garage door opener, make circus noises, etc) came from random searches. Well i never knew there were Staples Boton Facils too! But what really kicked this whole thing off was i was wandering around Yahoo Campus after the Company Store had already closed, and upon peering in the window i saw these INSTA-YODEL buttons, and HAD to have one. So i went back this morning to get one of those, and naturally needed to go grab the Staples one too (i had no idea there were facil buttons until i showed up).

Anyhow, more pictures below, and i even made a silly little VIDEO (because these buttons, as cool as they are, are meaningless without hearing them all)… and a mini rant on the design of these button options.

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*notcot - 09.15.07 , 07:35 - 2 Notes

Breakable Gift Wrap

breakable.jpgNotCouture #942 points out these great Fang Cufflinks, that are less than traditional (close up below)… and as i went exploring the Stephen Einhorn site i discovered their brilliant twist on Gift Packaging. (And its also making me kick myself, wondering why i didn’t think of more creative ways to explore the idea of packaging when it came to gifts before!)…

They will gift wrap” your jewelry in a plaster heart, painted whatever color you desire (silver, gold, black, red, pink, etc)… and upon receipt the recipient has to break the heart to get their gift… doesn’t it really feel more like a prize at that point? Or like the grown up version of those toy in the plastic eggs from the machines? And i love how this makes you rethink about the concept of the giftwrap as you open it as well… forcing upon you the idea that (unlike wrapping paper or those plastic eggs) this is a no return kind of move… you’ll never have that heart again? Anyhow, i love the idea of how this changes the gift receiving experience!

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*notcot - 08.28.07 , 15:19 - 4 Notes

Ninjatown!

ninjatown.jpgNinja Town! The Wee Ninja’s of Shawnimals have come a LONG WAY since we first started writing about them. [You can see all the posts here]… apparently they are now well on their way to becoming a Wii Ninja (ok ok, i couldn’t resist)… but they have a Ninja Town game coming out for Nintendo DS soon! (Trailer below!) And even more incredible… look at this cast! I can’t stop laughing from the description of the Ninja Consultant… yes, he has one arm. And “For a fee, with powerpoint presentations and flow charts in tow he’ll show you ways to make your business process more efficient by using side steps, smoke bombs and stealth hugs.” The new Ninja Town site is now up, with bios, icons, wallpapers, etc. And more images below as well for you.

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*notcot - 08.26.07 , 15:30 - 5 Notes

Field Notes

fieldnotes.jpgCoudal Partners has teamed up with Draplin Design Company of Portland to bring you Field Notes Brand Notebooks… and the first batch has been shipped out this week! “We just wanted people who had shown an interest to be able to pre-order our initial Field Notes product, a durable made-in-the-USA notebook inspired by vintage farmers’ planting books and other practical, historic, mostly-midwestern American design.” They are also 3 for $9.95. I don’t know about you, but Moleskine are getting a bit played out, although these do pretty closely resemble the Moleskine Cahier Journals (also in three packs, similar look)… these are pretty fun (loving the font, naturally). Spotted these over at Notebookism. And for one of the first pics in the wild, see below.

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*notcot - 08.15.07 , 17:38 - 0 Notes

Monsterism Pets + Owners

petandowner.jpgOH! So, i LOVE StrangeCo, and the other day Jim sent me over a pdf of the upcoming Pete Fowler Monsterism 4: Pets & Owners collection, and i’d been meaning to post it, but… well anyhow, the HP Toyrama reminded me, so here it is! These little guys will be coming in special cylindrical pet food cans - and both pet and owner will be in there! (I can’t wait to see the finalized packaging!) But for now, take a peek at the adorable pairs and their stories below. My fav pair? Hattie & Mr. Pasty: “Being a natural born beach kid Hatti likes nothing better than doing nothing.”

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*notcot - 08.14.07 , 09:58 - 2 Notes

Nalgene Kits

nalgenekit1.jpgNalgene - its not just a container… now they are using it as packaging! Brilliant and noteworthy move by nalgene which has already spread into so many markets - for being basically a container manufacturer… so its for scientific purposes, then outdoors, then travel/airport security checks, then kids, then various caps and kits and flasks… and now you can get Auto, First Aid, Preparedness, Heat Stress, Dog, and Kid kits! All in your usual 32oz classic nalgenes… each with a signature color for branding naturally. All of the contents of each kit are listed after the jump as well as more pics… and if you don’t find something like the First Aid or Preparedness kit as tempting as i do to leave in the car, etc… well it’s just an interesting idea… make your own! I’m sure you have a bunch of nalgenes unused around the house too.

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*notcot - 08.11.07 , 10:31 - 1 Notes

IWG Cubs!

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Just when i thought the Insurgent Wilderness Gruppo couldn’t get any more enticing… they add Series 6, the IWG Baby CUBS! Each one will come with a sharp stick, marshmallow, and eyeball. Hehe. Also there will be FOUR additional Special 100 pc Editions of each character, including baby Nanook, son of Peary! Can’t wait, and they were too cute not to share.

*notcot - 08.08.07 , 14:44 - 1 Notes

Random Kid Roboting

kidrobot.jpgLove Blows. Stressed Out. Ciao Ciao. Not feeling so well in bed today, and not finding anything that takes my breath away (other than all the goodness that you guys are finding and contributing to .org!) So here are three fun little somethings that are new at Kid Robot that sum up today so well.

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*notcot - 08.04.07 , 23:39 - 1 Notes

Ludo Escrime

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Ludo Escrime - an impressively overwhelming splash teaser page by Le Coq Sportif for Ludo Escrime. For those who pay close attention, it is not often that fencing and design cross paths, but when they do we also feature it specially for RUGenius (Sr. Editor of NOTCOT.org and resident international fencer). Can’t wait to see what this site becomes in November - and interesting to roll over and see how the images bounce around in 3D? And with the green and red glow - it feels very star wars… meets robot chicken?

*notcot - , 17:48 - 1 Notes

Crunchers

crunchers.jpgCrunchers - the latest ad campaign from Crunch from Curious Pictures. I tracked down 5 of the hilarious animated commercials on youtube for your viewing pleasure below. Also, i must admit, i’ve never been much of a gym goer… but i’m impressed with Crunch - you know the one with the crazy classes like surfing fitness, stiletto strength, pole dancing, BOSU balancing, Cirque du soleil like stunts, and boxing… (not to mention i got my ass kicked by a trainer today, so i’m extra sore and indulging in watching videos and posting from the couch right now)… beyond the simply awesome ad campaign (you will love them) - the SF location i gave in to has a nice, fun, funky feel - doesn’t smell like a gym, nice machines, like the layout, 3 story rock wall - and i swear every time i have been in the locker rooms they are cleaning or have just finished cleaning the showers. Anyhow, if anyone else wants to try it, let me know and i’ll email you a guest pass.

p.s. just added a bunch of their wallpapers at the bottom too - the dodgeball one is pretty cute.

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*notcot - 08.01.07 , 10:57 - 1 Notes

Benjamin Hubert

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Just noticed these new polystrene bird houses over at Design*Sponge this morning, and when i went to see more of Benjamin Hubert’s work, just got giddy. These are some of his concept pieces made out of polystrene: HUG plant pots/ pot warmers that are both insulatory and encouraging as they “look after plants” with a hug shaped form (although to me they do look a wee bit pouty), and the Polynests, which are insulating bird houses with a twig for a perch! Also browsing through his older works, love the Crtl+Z eraser and the upside down umbrella fruitbowls (Yum Brella Bowls) which are below.

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*notcot - 07.31.07 , 21:34 - 0 Notes

Wanders and Puma

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While on my Puma kick… (yes, i tend to get excited and research about things in bursts)… we had the Marcel Wanders collection for Puma Beach Ball linked as .org #4644, which took you to see the pics from the launch party at Tokyo design week… and somehow i never got around to finding the actual products over at Puma. So yes, i’m late, BUT their black and white goodness warranted a post of their own. I want this canopy/tent! And the pool floaters. And the beach towels. Absolutely gorgeous. Some pictures of my favorites below - and view the full collection here - it is “a collection for those who hate camping: The collection introduces portable, sophisticated products for the city dweller looking to enjoy the outdoors without compromising looks or convenience.”

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*notcot - 07.27.07 , 17:03 - 4 Notes

Skeleton Keys

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Friday craving - glow in the dark white skull key cap. Richard from Fresh Arrival just reminded me about the great site of Fred and rebrowsing, i love this image of the skull key cap, and they’d be amusing as random gifts (for some reason i see having more than one of these on one keychain being too many).

*notcot - 07.26.07 , 12:48 - 4 Notes

Puma Urban Mobility

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Puma’s Urban Mobility line… there’s been much talk of the Urban Mobility Bike (folds up… i’ve included the collaborative short NSFW film PUMA and Ryan McGinley teamed up with the Serpentine Gallery on at the end of the post) as well as the limited edition Urban Mobility Bag (top left, whit bag with the wood bottom)… but i’ve heard little about the whole collection, OR the incredible website they’ve made around it (which is SO awesome, i need a separate post for it, coming next). So here are the products i’m in awe of currently… more or less everything integrating wood into the products: The roller is just incredibly sleek and gorgeous! The totes with the contrast of the wood paneling are just breath taking… and that wallet! OH, and the belt? It’s airport friendly! No metal parts, so you can keep your pants up while you go through security! And that black sleeve for laptop accessories was just too pretty not to share as well. Close ups below of products, as well as

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*notcot - 07.21.07 , 19:23 - 0 Notes

WEJETSET

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On things to watch… WEJETSET (read: we jet set) is launching (and giving away a Mercedes C-Class Sports Sedan) September 18th , and i’m already excited to see what exactly it will be. So far it sounds right up our alley. What is it? Well, it claims to be “the store and voice of modern travel culture”. It will have both online and physical stores as well as an online and print publication… “The inventory consists of design forward, functional items that represent a spectrum of premium goods ideal for the smart traveler.” (sounds very NOTCOT)… and “[THE PUBLICATION] WEJETSET is the cultural reference for modern travel.” (sounds intriguing).

They are also hunting for travel correspondents to report on their travel experiences, adventures and solutions for our online editorial. Oh, and about that C-Class, well you can sign up for their mailing list now, and a winner will be drawn on September 18th.

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