Latest from the 826 LA - Echo Park Time Travel Mart… a second set of posters designed by Amy Martin! I think i’m loving this series even more than the last! Its the details that really get you… take a look at them up close on the next page!
And on a side note - on completely amazing things that have actually left me baffled as to how to properly share it with you… the ESSENTIALLY ODD BOOK ~ basically a design catalog of all the products produced for all of the 826 stores/tutoring centers, is just incredible. A definitely MUST own/gift/read. Hardest part has been trying to figure out what pages to share with you, when every one is so fascinating… but post to come soon perhaps. Or maybe i’ll have to show you stuff from each section bit by bit… (ideas? thoughts?)
Anyhow ~ go see the fun new posters in their entirety on the next page!
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- 08.22.09 -
What could be more perfect for a gorgeous saturday post? Mixko first gave us the rain cloudy English Summer Necklace… and freshly launched is the Here Comes The Sun Necklace (are you hearing the beatles in your head already? Or is that just me?)… “7 layers of ribbon rainbow and the last drop of rain on your back. Silver plated findings and chain, czech crystal bead, polyester ribbons, plastic dove object.” SO pretty, so simple, and i don’t think you can help but smile when you see it… their concepts are always so elegant as well… AND, they even have an etsy store for easier shopping for the americans… see more pics of it on the next page!
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- 08.20.09 -
While waiting for a friend for dinner last night i found myself hanging out in A+R ~ which is always dangerous and oh so fun. Well, i started having WAY too much fun playing with the Nervous System bracelets and rings… the there is something so visually and tactilely fascinating about their pieces… in particular i gave in and purchased the Wave Bracelet in white (after trying on everything they had in various sizes, and the rings too!)… honestly the rings weren’t nearly as fun as the bracelets, but now i AM intrigued by the rings in the silver…
The whole Cell Cycle Collection is quite mesmerizing! Take a peek at close ups of my bracelet as well as a look at the full collection and the story behind it on the next page!
i can’t even tell you how badly i want a rapid prototyping machine right about now…
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*NOTCOT in gratis
- 08.19.09 -
UPDATED!!! To any non-US people who were getting awesome contests to italy earlier from the link ~ i updated the link for you to enter to play in NYC! ENTER HERE
When my friends over at WEJETSET and Mr & Mrs Smith reached out and asked me to share a chance to win some goodies, i couldn’t resist when they were giving away so many NOTCOT favorites… You know you’re way overdue for some R&R ~ possibly with someone of your choice curled up in the lush bed over at Cooper Square Hotel in East Village, NYC… while rocking out in electric blue headphones and doodling in your field notes and snapping pics of whatever silliness the others in the room are up to… ok, maybe that’s just what i wish i were doing right now? But none the less ~ i’m sure you’d enjoy the fantasy too…. and it even comes with $400 of spending cash (or travel cash or whatever you’d like to do with it?)… SO, happy wednesday, and go ENTER HERE!
I know i don’t do contests like these often ~ and yes you have to be 21+ ~ but honestly i just love the brands involved! Good extremely passionate folks, with awesome taste, and i’m currently getting lost in the Mr & Mrs Smith Global Shortlist book… the design, layouts, stories, and breathtaking hotel shots are like an instant midday escape from wherever you may be… definitely a good one on the list of gifts that are like the ultimate tease for those with the travel bug…
No, seriously, its the UFO - Unidentified Fragrance Object designed by Ron Arad for Kenzo. Kenzo always has such breathtakingly beautiful, unique, packaging for their fragrances, mini works of art…
From the press release: “Kenzo’s newest fragrance for her, Unidentified Fragrance Object, will be unveiled this fall at the Museum of Modern Art in New York as part of the retrospective exhibition for designer Ron Arad. Arad was commissioned by Kenzo to create a vehicle for fragrance that breaks with traditional industry codes and evokes sensuality when in contact with the skin. The result - a hand-polished bottle made of Zamac (metal alloy) with a completely internalized spray mechanism.” The bottle is being released in a limited edition of 1000 ~ each one hand polished and available starting Aug 2009 exclusively at Bergdorf Goodman and Kenzo online. See more pics of the bottle up close on the next page…
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*NOTCOT in design
- 08.18.09 -
On inspirational spaces ~ and that very odd feeling of wishing i had a huge office filled with creatives to hang out and play with (not that you kids here on the internet aren’t fun!) ~ who knew that answering a random email/twitter would lead to having such an inspiring lunch over at TBWA\Chiat\Day, and getting a chance to explore their VERY fun office space over in Playa Del Rey? I suddenly have the hankering to break out the vinyl cutter and fill unexpected spots with giant quotes… play with designing guest stickers (for people entering the house/office???)… spray painting giant logos out on the floor of the patio… build a BAR out of surfboards… and so much more silliness… It was really incredible to be in a place that so clearly prioritized creativity and the generation of fun ideas. Don’t get me wrong, i’ve always loved advertising, and i REALLY love the visual and innovative sides… but recently as i’ve learned about advertising on the web, i’ve gotten to see the less fun side of it (negotiations, accounts, ideas that get devolved until unrecognizable - as well as incredible ones of course!)… I guess you could say it was fun to have that moment of “ooooh so THIS is where my crazy campaigns and banner ads come from”… and just so nice to connect with real people behind the artwork, ideas, and campaigns.
SO ~ take a peek inside TBWA\Chiat\Day, the incredible land of ad legend, Lee Clow… tons of pics on the next page!
p.s. Huge thanks to all the TBWA\Chiat\Day-ers who knew NOTCOT ~ it’s such an honor to hear the sites help keep you inspired! And i’m not kidding about being curious to see what else you find out there that i miss!
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- 08.17.09 -
I never thought i’d wake up this morning, and end up buying Yves Behar designed underwear… but i’m too curious. And the photography is just so adorably happy. And a portion goes to a good cause (or three!)… freshly launched today is PACT - the brain child of entrepreneurs, Jason Kibbey & Jeff Denby. Also, i doesn’t hurt that for the most part i like how clean and refreshing their site is! As for the options: three colors, three causes, and three cuts for men and women… whether you want solids or the adorable patterns… you can pick to support 826 International, ForestEthics, or Oceana. All great causes, and all patterns/colors/fits look great.
The part i’m most curious about right now? PACKAGING! “Each pair of underwear is packed in its own reusable fabric bag.” and “PACT’s unique bright green shipping package is made from a special material that is 100% compostable. It can go straight into your green bin for commercial composting. Even the shipping label and the adhesive used to affix the label are compostable.” ~ so perhaps more pics to come once mine arrive… but for now take a peek at how fun the imagery and designs are on the next page…
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My pens got envious as soon as i opened the latest email from the folks at Merchant 4 ~ their new Place For Trace ~ pen/pencil and tracing paper roll holder… so pretty, so simple… it makes me want to drill holes along the edge of my desk to line up all my pens/markers/pencils… i suppose it would end up like a colorful picket fence of writing instruments (and maybe x-actos too?) around my laptop and such? Anyhow, take a peek at this new desk accessory on the next page!
afterthought: i wonder if these holes fit sharpies?
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Beauty in Technology post series sponsored by Samsung’s new LED TVs! Post #4 of 6 in this series exploring random beauty in technology, NOTCOT style.
It’s been such a fun challenge finding things to share for this Samsung sponsored post series ~ running around my life finding unexpected inspiring beautiful tech details i may not have normally noticed or thought about that are in my every day life… today i’m excited to share the Rickenbacker 350/12V63 Liverpool 12 string electric guitar with you! (Also awesome? The color is called “Jet Glow”) John Lennon, The Byrds, and Tom Petty were all known to play Rickenbacker… and really what grabbed me was the way the tuning machines are attached to the head without looking too crammed, even when there are twice as many as usual! And really it’s just such a stunningly gorgeous machine ~ check out the pics on the next page!
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- 08.14.09 -
There’s something so fun about the juxtaposition of animation running around the real world ~ adorable campaign by the Swedish Tourism board aimed at brits - Dave Goes To Skåne. When i first saw this over at CPLuv i had to go watch them all! Dave is a cheeky cartoon londoner running around mouthing off in some gorgeous swedish spots ~ and you cant help but laugh, then wish you too were lying on the beach, or climbing about designer goodness in the woods… see the 4 videos on the next page!
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- 08.12.09 -
I always look forward to goodies from Artecnica ~ so much good stuff ~ and good for the world too! As part of their Design w/ Conscience initiative ~ TBWA (yes the advertising agency massive) approached them to help recycle their billboards… their solution? these adorably inspired Stretch Bags! I have written about a LOT of recycled bags over the years ~ everything from truck tarps to windbreakers to fire hoses to gymnastics horses… but it’s been a while since one has been innovative enough to grab my attention like this one!
The Artecnica TBWA Recycled Billboard Stretch Bag is debuting this month and is part of the newest 2009 collection - “A single cut, without glue or a stitch, 100% billboard bag lies flat and weightless but transforms into a shoulder Stretch bag, that can carry up to 33lbs. Perfect for the beach, the gym or market.” See more pics on the next page!
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Does this laptop sleeve not scream NotCouture to you? I was so excited when i saw it! Incase teamed up with Honeyee and japanese uniform experiment…. to create this beautifully simple monochromatic uniform experiment sleeve… and you regulars definitely know how we love our safety pins over at NotCouture ~ especially clean vectorized ones! Honestly, i only wish they took it a little too far and made the zipper pulls safety pins with the majority of it dipped in clear rubber, so it looked like you had safety pin pulls! Or at least safety pin graphic on the pull? Also… love that it is lined with the awesome feeling, yet distracting named “faux fur” ~ which really feels far better than it sounds. Take a look at more pics on the next page!
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- 08.10.09 -
Just picked up this special Thinkspace print release from Brian Viveros ~ “Mess With The Bull”… The most amazing thing about these prints? Brian says “I wanted to bring more life to this print as a whole so I worked on each one individually adding to the face and body, just lil’ subtleties ya’ know - not taking away but adding more, something special to each one so its not just your everyday print.” and thus begins the game of “spot the difference” ~ you can see the larger image of the print from the Thinkspace email on the next page… but i think my main little feature is the tear is more of a mascara bleed (which i actually quite like better!)… and it’s just so incredible that he touched up each of the 12 prints to make the colors pop more ~ and such a beautiful frame as well. I have her hanging over my desk right now ~ something about the strength and unmesswithable emotion effusing from her that is just the inspiration we all need sometimes ~ especially while getting through the more painful moments in life? So take a peek at the close ups on the next page…
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