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Arkitip Highmath No. 0044

viewmaster1.jpgIt’s here! My Arkitip issue #0044 just showed up! And i’m in love with this glossy black viewmaster that came with the issue… so much that i even have pics of it for you as if you were looking through it! (See after the jump for the woody mac within)… Since i was a bit excited, here’s a quick reverse unboxing in images for you after the jump!

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*NOTCOT in food+drink - 02.19.08 -

Alessi Pop-Up

alessibo1.jpgIn the Alessi 2008 Spring/Summer collection is the new Pop-Up Bottle Opener. This beautiful piece is designed by Giovanni Alessi Anghini, great-grandson of Giovanni Alessi, founder of the company. It should also be no surprise that Giovanni Jr. has put in his time at Stefano Giovannoni’s Milan studio, and is now coming into his own. Apparently this mirror polished stainless steel bulb of a bottle opener has a magnet within that holds onto the cap once you push down to open a bottle. See an image of it on a bottle after the jump!

p.s. does this remind anyone else of J Schatz’s egg bird feeders, lamps, etc?

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*NOTCOT in tech - 02.18.08 -

iHole of Scot Hampton

ihole.jpgiHole… yes, someone has gone and done it - made use of that gorgeous iPhone box and turned it into a camera! Scot Hampton announced “the world’s first iHole™; the revolutionary analog photographic device constructed from the recycled packaging of digital technology.” (i wonder if he really trademarked that?) on his blog Feb 13th… see more of the fun pics after the jump. He suddenly has me overflowing with silly homemade cameras from recycled packaging ideas… like a collection of portraits of products as taken by their packaging?

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Incase Messenger Bags

incasemessenger.jpg Flipping through the 2008 Incase catalog, these new Nylon Messenger Bags jumped out at me, and upon reading the details (see the catalog pages after the jump) i had to post it out of curiosity and intrigue. In two sizes (medium and large), both have a sleek yet textured look, weather resistant nylon and waterproofed lining, exterior weatherproof pocket and headphone port, topographic print lining, and i like how the edge goes up and around the clips… as well as a mysterious “plush faux-fur lining” (i wonder what that looks/feels like) to protect your goods. In the large model, there is even a removable notebook sleeve, removable hipsack (fanny pack?), interior bike pump tie down, and an “abrasion resistant skateboard attachment with molded skate bumpers”. See more details and images after the jump!

It isn’t easy finding a good subtle, rugged, stylish, black messenger bag. I’ve got quite the stash of them (from chrome to ordning & reda to random leather ones to timbuk2 to patagonia…), but it’s been a while one has even really caught my attention.

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*NOTCOT in me - 02.17.08 -

Weekend Roundup!

notcotorg #8739 notcotorg #8626 notcotorg #8724 notcotorg #8745 notcotorg #8742 notcotorg #8661 notcotorg #8712 notcotorg #8738 notcotorg #8540 notcotorg #8587 tastespotting #8986 tastespotting #8874 tastespotting #8963 tastespotting #8933 tastespotting #8904Click the pics to find out more! Here we have another roundup of roundups ~ a full on best of last week showcasing 24 of the most popular from all of our sites below… and above we have lots of fun art, and a row of green themed foods. Why? Its just what inspired me as i flipped through a few pages this sunday! Oh, and if you haven’t checked out Adam’s Apple, that’s a must! Brilliant illustrations coupled with quite the unexpectedly twisted creation tale.

RANDOMIZER! Also new, we’ve been working on/tweaking this new feature, and its getting there ~ new buttons are up on all the sites now (see the cute little push pinned polaroid stacks?). I begged dan to make me this one for a while, because with nearly 10,000 posts on NOTCOT.org and TasteSpotting, there is so much incredible stuff, its hard to keep track of everything, so when you just feel like something random and inspiring, perhaps a blast from the past or even something you might have missed… just click the stack! Personally i’ve lost hours browsing randomly.

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*NOTCOT in design - 02.16.08 -

GE Ecomagination Fishing Ad

desalination.jpgAlso part of the GE Ecomagination ad campaign is ‘Fishing’, an adorably sweet desalination advert where “Chaos breaks out aboard a Norwegian boat when its fishermen start harvesting bottles of fresh water straight from the sea.” The music is really a nice touch on this ad spot. Embedded after the jump!

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GE Ecomagination Blueprint Ads

ecomain.jpgBeautiful print ad campaign for GE’s Ecomagination… view the full set of the Blueprint Series after the jump. They are “all part of our blueprint for a better world”, covering water, solar power, home, wind power, and cleaner coal. What i like in particular with this campaign are the infographics overlayed on beautiful scenic national geographic-esque shots… with clear bold statements, they let you simultaneously appreciate the natural settings, why thinking about how to execute the diagrams. “Two-thirds of the world is covered in water. Shouldn’t three-thirds of the world’s population be able to drink it?” Yes.

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*NOTCOT in design - 02.15.08 -

XKCD use of title

xkcdalt.jpgNot to geek out on you, but just had to point out how perfect XKCD’s use of title is in #383 ‘Helping’. And also another reason why people really should check out content in its original/intended form (as well as on RSS readers, splogs, etc!). And oh how i wish someone would make a magical ‘make everything better button’… perhaps shaped like a Staples’ EASY button? And i suppose this will make me rollover pictures to see the title text more often now?

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Incase Topo

incasetopo.jpgAnd since i gushed so much about the Incase topo print being used throughout the press kit in a gorgeous gloss on matte… i just discovered their blog, which has the background and some wallpapers. “This unique pattern along with the integration of the Incase logo is a graphic component of the Incase identity representing the concept of travel. The Topo pattern also resembles an abstracted wood grain that compliments the Incase leaf logo.” Also, i just noticed they already got their Arkitip #0044 HIGHMATH with the black viewmaster (see their pics)… mine should be here any day now!

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Incase Press Kit

incasepk0.jpgIncase: A better experience through good design. The UPS and FedEx guys always seem to make my day. Today it was the delivery of the Incase press kit that has my love of packaging design gushing. With a tagline like “a better experience through good design”, you would think it would be hard to live up to… but apparently not, from the time i sliced the tape open on the box they continued to surprise me with impressively high quality new products for 2008, incredible attention to detail in the catalog/boxes/design, extremely efficient use of space, and ultimately the whole press kit experience was like a designer’s babuska doll of surprises. So come unbox it with me in the photos after the jump! And more to come on the incredible macbook pro hardshell case soon…

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Nordstrom + Ruben Toledo 2008

nordstromsas.jpgFlipping through the Feb 2008 Vanity Fair, i couldn’t resist tearing out this Spring Nordstrom ad… much like the Prada and James Jean campaign for spring, Nordstrom has teamed up with Ruben Toledo who painted 20-by-30 foot walls to serve as a backdrop for the models which were shot by fashion photographer Ruven Afanador… in fact, Toledo even got to paint ON the models for the campaign. Lovely to see the contrast of the perfectly style colorful models in designer dresses and shoes popping off of the playful black and white paintings… see all of the scans after the jump, and you can even click them to see larger.

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*NOTCOT in food+drink - 02.14.08 -

Y Water

ywater1.jpgA new entry in the bottled water market, Y Water, comes fresh out of Venice Beach ~ has a playful bottle designed by Yves Behar ~ and can be built into crazy structures… oh, and they are also targeted at kids, and are organic, low calorie drinks chock full of vitamins and minerals! “Y Water’s attention-getting names—Muscle Water, Bone Water, Immune Water, and Brain Water—communicate the idea that the ingredients are the building blocks of healthier bodies.” And there’s the green angle too: bottles are 100% recyclable and 100% reusable as a creative developmental aid… And perhaps just as fun, are the crazy illustrations all over the Y Water site. See images of all after the jump!

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Happy Valentine’s Day

notcotorg #3090 notcotorg #8690 notcotorg #8685 notcotorg #8679 notcotorg #8674 notcotorg #8667 notcotorg #8660 notcotorg #8687 notcotorg #7723 notcotorg #8447 notcotorg #8224 notcotorg #8688 notcotorg #8682 notcotorg #8436 notcotorg #8694Click the pics to see more! Whether you love or hate Valentine’s Day, Romance, Love, Sex, Spooning, Chocolates and more… apparently NOTCOT.org has you covered this pseudo-holiday. Also Fabulist found a great little video of our favorite, Ze Frank, rambling on the occasion, which i have embedded below for your viewing pleasure. (Beware, he actually blinks!)

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*NOTCOT in wearable - 02.13.08 -

Shu Uemura Art Of Hair

artofhair.jpgSorry, it’s been quiet… i tried to take the day off. Still ended up handling a few emails and calls via the pearl, but at least it was while running around discovering things… like Shu Uemura’s Art Of Hair. Shu Uemura is one of those lines i’ve loved for not only the gorgeous packaging design (have you looked at some of those lipstick and skincare products? The new clear lipstick cases were designed by architects!), but also for their skincare and makeup products. Admittedly i was skeptical about their branching out into haircare… until about an hour ago. I’ve been a Bumble & Bumble girl for the last decade or so - but the last few weeks i felt like something different - i tried other bumble products (also love their packaging/branding), various ‘organic’ brands, even some basic drugstore brands (which ended up being far too fruity and chemically for the most part), and was about to give up back to my usual, until i wandered into Shu Uemura today.

Apparently the “Art of Hair” line is not available for sale online, and can currently only be purchased in their retail boutiques (but you can also call and order from them)… the boxes with the gloss images of the bottles on a matte white are gorgeous, and the bottles themselves beautiful as well, so i was already ready to simply show the packaging of the new line here… but only if it was any good! Anyhow, i’m sure you know by now, i’m smitten, and silly enough, can’t stop running my fingers through my hair. Smells amazingly fresh, feels ridiculously clean, AND comes in pretty bottles. See the unboxings after the jump, as well as a few other fun goodies i picked up… and a statement from the designers of the packaging, campaign, and branding of the line.

UPDATE: Check out this beautiful flash site for the ‘Art of Hair’… check out the Ceremonies in particular, they sound like pure bliss… and more updates being added at the bottom of the post as i obsessively research more.

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Anon Pairot

0213pairot2.jpgNOTCOT Note: Here’s another article from Anna Corpron of Sub-Studio!

Anon Pairot is a young furniture and product designer from Thailand with a body of work that reflects an innovative use of both material and function.

The Lampin Block (above) highlights the iconic shape of a lamp by illuminating the negative space of the concrete block. After the jump, check out the Vash Tray which has an ironic dual function - it serves both as an ash tray, and as a vase for freshly cut flowers. Also see the Pare Lounge Chair, Eng-Gu two seater, and Nature Hanger!

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