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Forrest Grand Father

mascot01.gif5.gifThink green! Meet the mascots of Japan’s 2005 World Expo focused on “Nature’s Wisdom”.

“Kiccoro ( Forest Child )” The Forest Child has only just been born. Jumping around everywhere, he’s (she’s) full of energy! The Forest Child wants to see and do everything! He’s (she’s) looking forward to making lots of friends at the Expo.
“Morizo ( Forest Grand Father )”The Forest Grandfather has been living in the forest since long ago. He’s an easy-going and kind old man, he has seen many things and knows everything, but he hasn’t lost his curiosity. Hearing about the Expo, he’s enthusiastic about lending a hand.

They aren’t new, but they are just cute simple characters had to share them… Saw these guys at GiantRobot, but didn’t know what they were… now its all coming together.

*NOTCOT in food+drink - 06.08.05 -

Skywalker Chardonnay

LucasFull1.jpgCoppola+Lucas = 2003 Lucas Skywalker Ranch “Viandante del Cielo” Chardonnay. A wine made by the winemaking team at Niebaum-Coppola Estate Winery for filmmaker/friend George Lucas, from fruit grown at Lucas’ Skywalker Ranch in Marin County. p.s. it even got a 5 star review, and call me silly for half expecting some Star Wars reference on the label.

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Foo$ball

foonew.jpg16 weeks to build, $73,000… Yea yea, so it’s an expensive foosball table, but here’s the kicker…

Our patent pending Doppelganger technology makes it possible for us to micro-cast 3-D heads from photographs. This brings absolute, lifelike realisn to the faces of the friends and family you’d like to field in your teams. All you have to do is send us a color head/neck shots taken in natural light. We’ll do the rest.

More pics to follow… ElevenForty via Luxist

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Playsam (cont’d)

playsam.jpgSorry, i couldn’t resist. These Playsam toys are amazing. Scandanavian design creates such a warm fuzzy feeling inside.

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Roadster for the kids

saab02_roadster_big.jpgVroom vroom… goes the car. If i had kids, they’d need this. Why start your kid off with a mini bmw or ferrarri, when this just seems so much classier, and more robust… It’s just so slick, i needed to put the picture up. Via inspiration from ToiProtocol.

ROADSTER SAAB
For the first ride. Age: From 12 month The Saab Roadster Car is an activity toy for small children. It has a clean and simple design, like Saab cars in general. The design of the Saab Roadster Car is based on the very first Saab, Sixten Sason´s prototype 92001.
DIMENSIONS
length / 940 mm
color / black/natur
material / Body of ABS plastic/ Bottom chassi, Seat and Steering Wheel wood/metal
DESIGNER ULF HANSES

Playsam

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Island Logoing

art_duffy_swt.jpgBahama-mama… Ok i don’t know, just felt like having that in type. As you’ve probably noticed i peruse the internet in spurts of inspiration, following bizarre threads that catch my brain… today so far is logo/graphic design. And it brought me back to the Bahamas redesign… its amazing, happy, vibrantly exciting… but to read about its design is also! [logolounge.com] and the SITE is gorgeous…

I’m archiving the article and a bunch of pics below… for my future reference and for you to check out.

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*NOTCOT in playful - 06.07.05 -

Sharpie Comeback

vid.pngSharpie looks posed to take on everyone in the marker business…look out pantone, here comes sharpie with more colors than i ever imagined i’d need or want in permanent marker? Its gone from the label your clothes, doodle on your notebook, give your friend a tattoo in class, plain old black marker… into fat, super fat, skinny, two tipped, mini, and so many more… pictures of all the new ones to follow…

But coolest thing of all… take a look at how they make them, great video here… Quite possible the sweetest most mesmerizing vid in a while.

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*NOTCOT in home+decor - 06.06.05 -

Wine Glass Bulbs

glassbulbs.pngGlassbulbs “The product offers two lives. Once the lightbulb has burnt out the wine glass comes to life.” Talk about instant reincarnation. Fascinating project idea, interesting aesthetic… can you imagine it sticking out of a light? must disperse the light in new ways as well… or imagine having some wine in there sliwly changing color through the life of the bulb… Ought to combine this with the wineglass chandelier. via DesignBoom

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Level C Information Analyst

set1a.jpgcubehome.jpgGenerated by the “Job Title Generator”, that’s Bob’s new job title… Here is Bob’s story: “This is Bob. He has worked for GigantaMegaCorp for 10 years. HR policy states that Bob is due for a lateral promotion.”

First there was Dilbert… now think Dilbert Lego-fied… CUBES! Cube headed guys, living in cubes, boxed in cubes. I couldn’t stop laughing when i realized these cubes look so similar to some my friend works in… (and i’m sure millions/billions of others as well).

Finally, the drudgery of corporate life has been captured in a play set for adults! Bob, Joe, Ted, and Ann spend eight hours a day, five days a week, at tiny desks in tiny cubicles in a giant room packed with countless similar cubicles in a giant building filled with countless similar rooms.

Get a pile of cubes, get creative… build upwards? Lots more pics post jump. The Cubes.

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Stretch Daily

digitools.pngDaily photography, doodles, digital scribbles… Mark of Stretch Daily has accomplished what i always try but haven’t yet had the guts to post online. Daily brain bursts of creativity in some visual/auditory form. Some fun ideas… definite eye-candy when in need of some inspiration, a quick laugh, an unexpected thought. Via email from Gnash.

p.s.
i am really enjoying this linking between photoshop and physical tools. See, you photoshop fearing lay men and women, it really is JUST like real life… only through your computer.

p.s.s
March 20, 2005. nice.

*NOTCOT in design - 06.04.05 -

Through The Trees

rainofsunshine.jpgI want to see the world through her eyes. Be warned, while her website does make me cringe, her paintings make it worth the navigation. There is something real, magical, surreal, natural, psychadelic, and more all at once. Seemingly contradictory traits coming together in a pleasantly intoxicating manner. I just kind of love some of them. More after the jump. And her cars and camping imagery pull you into a whole new world. Strangely serene with a strange feeling of underlying who knows what… Erica Somogyi via Wooster.

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*NOTCOT in design - 06.03.05 -

42

42.gifYou know you’re a designer when… you watch Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, and can’t get over how sweet the guide’s interface is. I want it. More images after the jump worth checking out… also click the pic for the pseudo-real version… Those animations felt a bit TOO flash during the movie, but still i love the menu structure. Slick.

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Cosmetics driving webdesign?

C10972_hero.jpgColor palettes… are hard to decide on at times? I’ve been thinking a lot lately about taking the color palette of this site in a new direction. But i can’t seem to find the right inspiration that would make it timeless enough for the range of imagery i tend to post. But i was just thinking, what if a website followed fashion/cosmetics trends seasonally… i love the warm vibrant summery feel of these hues. So testing out how they’d look… pout [and this is a must visit store when in london]

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Vintage Hard Candy

P12688_hero.jpgEver notice that our perception of time has been shortened? Do you remember when Hard Candy first changed the way Nail Polish was marketed? Revolutionized the color possiblities with the pastels and crazy blues and names like Trailer Trash? And who can forget their trademark jelly rings? That was NOT that long ago… so maybe it was 10 years since USC student,Dineh Mohajer, became a cosmetics powerhouse, before being bought out by LVMH and then sold to the Falic Group in 2003. But seriously 1995 is not old enough to be considered VINTAGE, is it? Anyhow for anyone who missed the old colors, and old bottles… they are back. Vintage Hard Candy.

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Hic Sunt Dracones

I often find myself assuming you read all of these too… and more, here are links for the bored… an excerpt of relatively dailies, that i attempt not to repost from…

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