*NOTCOT in design - 01.02.08 -

Heiko - The State of Things

0102heiko1.jpgNOTCOT Note: Here’s another article from Anna Corpron of Sub-Studio!

I love Heiko’s illustrations. To me, his work is about contrasts - black and white with a few dabs of CMYK, seemingly innocent scenes with slightly menacing undertones. Sometimes it’s exactly the opposite - a monster or a volcano emanating hearts. The same graphic symbols appear in Heiko’s work over and over again - pandas, hearts, volcanoes, eel-like skeletons, whistled notes, birds, usually reinterpreted per illustration (eel waves, Medusa-locks, eel peacock feathers). And the bonus? Heiko’s work is very affordable, with prints ranging from $15-$35 (via Thumbtack Press), $1 postcards, and buttons for $3.

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Negativity Refuse Bag

poster1pic.jpegNegativity Refuse Bags would have been the *perfect* New Years gifts! Although merely a Positive* Branding/Campaign Concept… still would be a pretty fun gift, particularly for placing all that baggage emotional and otherwise into before burning at a bonfire? The bag states “Here at Positive, we believe that a physical action can reflect your emotional state. We encourage you to dispose of your pessimism and mental demons in a physical manifestation, to help purge your mind. So throw away that photo of the ex, or that poor performance report, and forget about it.”

Instructions for use:
Place items within bag
Seal
Dispose of bag in nearest trash receptacle
Close Eyes
Take a deep breath
Think Positive thoughts.

IMPORTANT: DO NOT RE-OPEN ONCE SEALED. HIGH RISK OF EMOTIONAL RELAPSE. Contains items of personal significance.

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Toy Me Scissor Cuff

toymescissor.jpgWow. Yay for emails with new products that blow my mind as i wake up. Just im-ed these images over to Shade Elaine (aka Linhchi our NotCouture/scissor loving editor) and the response is a definite “OMG I WANT IT”. Gogo of Toy-Me just gave me a sneak peek at one of the latest pieces from their upcoming collection, and knowing our thing for scissors (remember our sticker collection?)… is taunting us with this incredible silver scissor cuff bracelet, that can be worn two ways! Incredible that it actually opens, now the real question is: can it actually cut? I think we need two each, one for each wrist! More close ups below! And the full collections will be presented at Pitti Uomo next week.

Here’s the teaser: “Paris designer Thomas Jaillot together with Marco De Michelis will introduce a Silver Scissor that wraps around your wrist and mixes with paper art transformations into silver, Origami earings and a Paper Windmill charm and earing.”

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*NOTCOT in design - 01.01.08 -

NOTCOT.org 100 of 2007

notcotorg #6848 notcotorg #5340 notcotorg #5673 notcotorg #5627 notcotorg #5728 notcotorg #5624 notcotorg #5544 notcotorg #6595 notcotorg #4820 notcotorg #5478 notcotorg #6072 notcotorg #5260 notcotorg #5545 notcotorg #4694 notcotorg #4930 notcotorg #4930 notcotorg #6484 notcotorg #6477 notcotorg #4654 notcotorg #6040 notcotorg #6526 notcotorg #6519 notcotorg #6597 notcotorg #4655 notcotorg #6599 notcotorg #6152 notcotorg #5959 notcotorg #5691 notcotorg #5102 notcotorg #5625 notcotorg #5692 notcotorg #5591 notcotorg #6113 notcotorg #6085 notcotorg #5546 notcotorg #6649 notcotorg #4885 notcotorg #5970 notcotorg #4734 notcotorg #5500 notcotorg #6531 notcotorg #4991 notcotorg #5822 notcotorg #4968 notcotorg #6388 notcotorg #6705 notcotorg #5774 notcotorg #4719 notcotorg #5814 notcotorg #5664 notcotorg #6432 notcotorg #4607 notcotorg #5732 notcotorg #5688 notcotorg #4802 notcotorg #6524 notcotorg #5652 notcotorg #5881 notcotorg #6622 notcotorg #4735 notcotorg #4521 notcotorg #5958 notcotorg #6098 notcotorg #5831 notcotorg #3634 notcotorg #5055 notcotorg #4703 notcotorg #6324 notcotorg #6655 notcotorg #5112 notcotorg #5797 notcotorg #6452 notcotorg #5251 notcotorg #6076 notcotorg #4718 notcotorg #6723 notcotorg #5872 notcotorg #6015 notcotorg #6294 notcotorg #5174 notcotorg #5930 notcotorg #3085 notcotorg #5541 notcotorg #5113 notcotorg #5611 notcotorg #5966 notcotorg #5566 notcotorg #5197 notcotorg #4749 notcotorg #5228 notcotorg #3625 notcotorg #5432 notcotorg #5816 notcotorg #5990 notcotorg #5613 notcotorg #5024 notcotorg #5543 notcotorg #6387 notcotorg #4956 notcotorg #5630Click away on the 100 tiny pics to see more! So as you’ve seen from the last two posts, i’m clearly playing with the best New Year’s present ever ~ a new chunk of code to play with that Dan gave me so i can make some crazy automated roundups (versus the ones where we handpick some of our favorites) ~ and this is visualized data even we have never seen before now! ~ for the sake of transparency ~ i haven’t quite figured out how to find the perfect measurement of “popularity” ~ someday it will become some finely tuned algorithm balancing click throughs, votes, reports, time its been up on the site, etc? But for now, these are my test creations ~ and this one is 100 of the most popular posts of NOTCOT.org for 2007!

Also on exciting new features to look forward to in 2008, we’re hoping to find some better ways to let you make use of the “votes/nice/delicious” buttons across the sites… would you be interested if we let you save the ones you liked so its easier to filter the now thousands and thousands of posts? sort them? group them? make your own little collections? We’ve been bouncing lots of ideas around, and now that dan is working with me full time, we’re really hoping to have some fun in the design/development dept for 2008! Happy New Year, and thank you so so sooooo much for supporting the sites!

p.s. b/c i couldn’t help myself below is a super crazy tiny top 1200 ever on .org…

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NotCouture 100 of 2007

notcouture #196 notcouture #114 notcouture #778 notcouture #831 notcouture #848 notcouture #188 notcouture #793 notcouture #702 notcouture #1165 notcouture #1017 notcouture #838 notcouture #688 notcouture #953 notcouture #700 notcouture #786 notcouture #859 notcouture #976 notcouture #765 notcouture #577 notcouture #646 notcouture #1057 notcouture #1164 notcouture #934 notcouture #857 notcouture #919 notcouture #834 notcouture #768 notcouture #884 notcouture #549 notcouture #698 notcouture #883 notcouture #805 notcouture #851 notcouture #945 notcouture #1037 notcouture #615 notcouture #1122 notcouture #920 notcouture #997 notcouture #789 notcouture #736 notcouture #798 notcouture #648 notcouture #1292 notcouture #1135 notcouture #777 notcouture #1185 notcouture #785 notcouture #1246 notcouture #201 notcouture #550 notcouture #911 notcouture #1073 notcouture #885 notcouture #783 notcouture #556 notcouture #1111 notcouture #957 notcouture #1095 notcouture #837 notcouture #886 notcouture #1046 notcouture #977 notcouture #801 notcouture #830 notcouture #117 notcouture #1119 notcouture #791 notcouture #1234 notcouture #1379 notcouture #887 notcouture #1272 notcouture #691 notcouture #894 notcouture #1215 notcouture #1249 notcouture #987 notcouture #543 notcouture #701 notcouture #932 notcouture #1305 notcouture #1358 notcouture #947 notcouture #1247 notcouture #1293 notcouture #835 notcouture #929 notcouture #103 notcouture #1009 notcouture #855 notcouture #1287 notcouture #824 notcouture #861 notcouture #979 notcouture #806 notcouture #769 notcouture #799 notcouture #845 notcouture #906 notcouture #1338Click any of the 100 tiny images to find out more! Even though NotCouture has been up for only a few months ~ i can’t believe we only launched it back in aug! As you can see, as a collective, all of us NotCouture readers sure do seem to love our coats, shoes, and bags…

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TasteSpotting 100 of 2007

tastespotting #94tastespotting #87tastespotting #85tastespotting #96tastespotting #86tastespotting #88 tastespotting #93 tastespotting #89 tastespotting #82 tastespotting #97 tastespotting #81 tastespotting #83 tastespotting #99 tastespotting #80 tastespotting #76 tastespotting #84 tastespotting #79 tastespotting #91 tastespotting #90 tastespotting #92 tastespotting #136 tastespotting #77 tastespotting #75 tastespotting #74 tastespotting #78 tastespotting #115 tastespotting #101 tastespotting #122 tastespotting #103 tastespotting #129 tastespotting #109 tastespotting #5278 tastespotting #4986 tastespotting #5059 tastespotting #3282 tastespotting #5206 tastespotting #5223 tastespotting #3136 tastespotting #3163 tastespotting #5175 tastespotting #3344 tastespotting #3450 tastespotting #5102 tastespotting #3005 tastespotting #3312 tastespotting #3543 tastespotting #5199 tastespotting #3251 tastespotting #5014 tastespotting #5202 tastespotting #3278 tastespotting #5009 tastespotting #3372 tastespotting #5174 tastespotting #3931 tastespotting #3384 tastespotting #3277 tastespotting #3863 tastespotting #5212 tastespotting #3275 tastespotting #3279 tastespotting #3569 tastespotting #3678 tastespotting #3333 tastespotting #3307 tastespotting #3615 tastespotting #4987 tastespotting #3633 tastespotting #2904 tastespotting #5178 tastespotting #3174 tastespotting #3551 tastespotting #3189 tastespotting #2913 tastespotting #3464 tastespotting #5142 tastespotting #5129 tastespotting #3685 tastespotting #3358 tastespotting #2753 tastespotting #4763 tastespotting #3329 tastespotting #4873 tastespotting #2358 tastespotting #2841 tastespotting #3508 tastespotting #4087 tastespotting #2786 tastespotting #3128 tastespotting #3533 tastespotting #3812 tastespotting #3574 tastespotting #4177 tastespotting #3079 tastespotting #2672 tastespotting #3539 tastespotting #3362 tastespotting #2846 tastespotting #4292 tastespotting #3446

Click any of the 100 tiny images to find out more! In light of 2008 already being upon us, and the first year of TasteSpotting now behind us ~ dan wrote up a new toy for me to create some new roundups playing with popularity of posts! So what were some of the most popular delicious links of 2007? Explore above to find out! Happy 2008!

*NOTCOT in playful - 12.31.07 -

Q-BA-MAZE

qbamaze.jpgQ-BA-MAZE - you may have noticed this new designer twist on the old school 3d wooden marble mazes on the gift guide. Well i played with it a bit before then, but only had enough free time on my hands tonight to build more silliness with it and take a few quick pics… I must say there is something calmingly mesmerizing about playing with all the ball bearings ~ and the quality of the pieces are far nicer than i expected just looking at images ~ my only complaint would be that sometimes they dont hold together as well as i’d hope, and in building my silly nearly 5ft tall twisty single helix/staircase tower some of the core center pieces weren’t clicking together and it came tumbling down once… Also, some of the best packaging ever, i love that they managed to put the packaging together so that you can actually flip the box over to reset the balls to roll down the maze in the box! It’s fully functional to play with before it even gets opened! Anyhow, take a look at the huge images below, and to find out more, go watch the videos at Q-BA-MAZE!

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*NOTCOT in design - 12.30.07 -

Recycled Words

ashford.jpgWill Ashford’s Recycled Words do just that… literally. In an obsessive compulsive pattern recognition, pencil doodling, word in words spotting, ‘art’ loving way, he brings out what was already there but not even seen from your every day book pages, and it blows my mind. I love it when i wake up to emails like the one from Ryan with images of Will’s work where i can’t help just sitting here and staring at image after image for a while… and as Ryan said “It’s like he’s made the old study technique of highlighting into an advanced art form… or something.” I concur. Imagine if we reverse highlighted our books to only show the most critical of information! I guess at that point it would look more like art, and as far as info goes you might as well just carry the cliffnotes around? But this would be an incredible daily exercise, the reverse journal basically ~ granted you picked the right book? Anyhow for those of you squinting to read, in that first image the yellow says LOOK FOR the orange says ART the red says AND the purple says IT the teal says WILL APPEAR and the binoculars say THE END. But really, just click through to see more below! My other favorites are there as well!

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*NOTCOT in wearable - 12.29.07 -

Porter’s Reusable Bags

porterreusable.jpgSo we’ve been through quite a few reusable shopping bags here on NOTCOT, and now when i find new unique ones, i just can’t seem to help myself. Latest interesting simplistic luxury variations come from Porter that was featured on HighSnobiety. Their replacement for the standard plastic bag-The Porter x Club King Shopping Bag in nylon (and it seems to have nylon lining layer as well, looks much like a baggu with flaps to secure things) and there is The Porter Grocery Tote replacing your paper bags, only this one is decked out in leather and cotton! And its as brown as your paper, but with a sky blue interior. Honestly i can’t believe this is the 14th reusable shopping bag post… thanks dan implementing tagging and forcing me to start tagging things i can actually know that now… although of the nearly 2000 notcot.com posts, i’ve only tagged everything from 2007 so far, so 2 years to go when i have free time!

*NOTCOT in design - 12.28.07 -

Zune’s Le Cadeau du Temps

zunemovie.jpgI was just checking out Andy’s site and came across this beautiful silhouette animation all about the a fountain of youth in a bottle and the man who goes through the ages keeping it to himself… only to teach the lesson of “how loving a gift isn’t complete until its shared” as Cory Godbey intended with this piece - Le Cadeau du Temps, view the animation below! And read more at Zune, where they even have wallpapers for computers as well as zunes, icons, etc for your downloading pleasure.

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Liquid Image

liquidimage.jpgOn upcoming things to look forward to at CES ~ Liquid Image ~ the ultimate underwater third eye cam? A new level of strap-on waterproof wearable tech? But this really would be pretty fun for everything from diving to playing in the pool, bathtub, hot tub, fish tank? And the images aren’t bad with the camera coming in a 3 and 5 megapixel option for pictures and videos! See examples below!

Another option? How about they have strap on bluetooth camera/headset in my mask/regulator? and then my phone can just come with in a drysack? With voice activated “email image to…”? And while we’re at it might as well add a heads up display in the mask? and google maps with gps and instead of traffic it could have current tracking? with a dot for where i am and where my boat is? Ok ok, so maybe getting a bit out of control here, since my favorite part of scuba diving was always that serene relatively tech/internet free peacefulness of the vast unknown under the surface.

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Pantone Pen Prints

prismacolor.jpgSometimes the simplest of things combined with some patience render the most beautiful results… and in the case of Daniel Eatok’s Pantone Pen Prints ~ 73 results… and i wish i knew about these back in 2006 ~ because they are not only beautiful but incredibly cheap as well! The bottom layer being 1₤ and working its way up to the top laying being 73₤. Basically, he balanced a set of 288 Pantone Pens on their nibs and let the paper soak it all in over the course of a month. More images below, i can’t stop staring at them, and am dying to run out and set up my own to try! Found this over at Bobby Sattler’s Whole lot of BS.

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*NOTCOT in food+drink - 12.27.07 -

Toastvertising ~ for SPAM

toastvertising.jpgIt’s been a spam-filled holiday season, why is it that spammers are attacking me with prospects of great fakes to order (who knew even spammers have boxing day sales?) and ways to enlarge and satisfy? But while cleaning through the multitude of flagged emails i’m far behind on, there was some REAL spam. The meaty kind… some fabulously ambitious TOASTVERTISING for the new Book Of Spam… from the guys who brought you the human flip book (remember those hundreds of tshirts that got printed for the animated advert? It was on .org as #6369), but now they toasted an animation frame by frame and by hand into 220 pieces of toast… thats more than there are pages in the Book Of Spam. See some screenshots as well as the advert itself AND the making of! (both are equally awesome and worth checking out for some toasty inspiration)

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NOTCOT.org Roundup

NOTCOT.org #7846NOTCOT.org #7842NOTCOT.org #7840NOTCOT.org #7828NOTCOT.org #7821NOTCOT.org #7813NOTCOT.org #1094NOTCOT.org #7795NOTCOT.org #7786NOTCOT.org #7768NOTCOT.org #7760NOTCOT.org #7759NOTCOT.org #7747NOTCOT.org #7733NOTCOT.org #7757Click the images to find out more! NOTCOT.org roundup time! Just some goodies i liked that have shown up recently ~ so click and browse away… there are only 4 more days of 007 left!

*NOTCOT in wearable - 12.25.07 -

Puma Reality Bag

pumareality.jpgBrains + Shiny + Puma Urban Mobility + instant gallery thanks to the Serpentine for $1,400? This new collaborative Reality Bag project looks great. “The Reality Bag is an exciting new product, adapted from the PUMA Urban Mobility Edition Bag, which launched last season. The Reality Bag is designed to reflect the world inside and out through a clever use of innovative materials and design detail. To develop the concept of this original accessory, the Serpentine Gallery invited artist John Armleder to create its look and feel. Armleder also created the concept of the content and invited young artists to create artworks to go inside each of the 1000 Reality Bags. This makes The Reality Bag an original, multiple artwork containing original pieces by the artist himself and by invitees including John Trembley and Philippe Decreuzat. Many other artists will contribute books, DVDs, or anthologies, as Armleder plays with the idea of the bag as a portable gallery. The result is a truly individual work of art.”

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