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Studio Lo

0125lo1.jpgNOTCOT Note: Here's another article from Anna Corpron of Sub-Studio!

I was blown away by Studio Lo's work when I came across it this week - it all seems to center around the idea of construction (my French is far from perfect, as is Altavista's Babelfish, so forgive me if something gets lost in translation). I love the colors and the simplicity of their work, and the packaging is pretty gorgeous, too! But what I love most is how they create an object out of one piece of wood, or one piece of cloth, or one piece of paper, with minimal waste and design moves. They work within the constraints of the material they have chosen, and the product is more amazing because of it.

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Anatomy of a Typeface

rod.jpgThis is Bjorn Johansson's Anatomy of a Typeface ~ "Triptych made for a gallery exhibition in 2005. The work is playing with the word "anatomy" which in typographic terms is referring to the different parts of a character." It's somehow been in an open tab for me all day, and its absolutely mesmerizing, too bad there isn't a complete font in this style... that could result in some incredible posters! See more close ups after the jump!

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Brooks Salzwedel "By Fault of Its Own"

newsalzwedeln.jpgFollowing up the Jorge Oswaldo post, i'm excited to continue this trend of artwork that is literally layered to create surreal depths... these are the types of works you really need to see in person to fully appreciate.

Remember Brooks Salzwedel? (Of the incredible belt buckles, resin art pieces, and Shane jewelry?) Well, the real reason i headed out to the Tinlark Gallery Anniversary at the Crossroads of the World on saturday night was to see his debut solo show of "By Fault of Its Own". And it was incredible to see the layered resin pieces up close, in fact one of the coolest things was to see them from the side! You can actually see the layers! And up close, being able to see the details of which trees and tendrils are floating above and below, and that cloudy haze that surrounds them all... well, i tried to get pictures of the whole room to share, and bring you into the tiny details that delighted me at the show... so check out all the pics after the jump!

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Jorge Oswaldo: Vinyl Artist

vinyldepth1.jpgCan you believe that is layered vinyl stickering? Creating that depth through layering? Such a nice mix of the precision of vector lines cut with a vinyl cutter... yet brought back out from the digital to a physical mixed media piece? I discovered the work of Jorge Oswaldo through his video on Current TV (embedded after the jump for your viewing pleasure along with a few more of my favorites from his work!). Talking about ways NOTCOT has inspired me daily... this one takes it to a new level... i received the vinyl cutter for my birthday, made a limited edition series of stickers, one of the guys who bought the stickers tips me off to this awesome video, and now how can i not push the boundaries and start making crazy art with it? Let's just say i have some silly street art ideas for reflective vinyl stickering... but until then, check out the video below of Jorge Oswaldo's walk through his studio, his process, and his incredible work with vinyl... unlikely you'll ever look at stickers quite the same!

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YaYa Chou's Gummies

gummirug00.jpgI rediscovered the work of YaYa Chou at the Tinlark Gallery Anniversary Show opening ~ her love of gummi bears is impressive... or perhaps its her hatred of them, constantly molding and manipulating them into new forms. At the show, she was showing her 2006 piece "Simon," 7"X32"X30", gummi bears, faux nailtops on wire armature and canvas - a gummi bear rug - and you should have seen these little kids diving at it, dying to lay on it and eat some (i wonder if any ever made it when no one was looking). Closeups from the show after the jump, as well as some of her other gummi pieces you may be familiar with, like the chandelier, creatures, and a porcelain boy covered in gummies...

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Mrzyk + Moriceau "Golden Eyes"

mcircle1.jpgIt's like xmas morning every time i get an email with attachments from artists Petra Mrzyk & Jean-Francois Moriceau ~ i always know inside are jaw-dropping pics of black and white goodness in the form of painting/installation combos. And this latest one does not disappoint! So after the jump you can see many images from their latest show "Golden Eyes" at the Caixa Forum in Barcelona! With a circle motif, this show is a mix "between a wall-drawing and real round drawings framed"... ultimately creating a very surreal sense of depth, while simultaneously appearing incredibly flat... anyhow, it's mesmerizing to peer into each and every circle to see what unexpectedly twisted/playful drawings are within.

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Seventy Years of Penguin Design

penguin4.jpgNOTCOT Note: Here's a post from Justine/RUGenius ~ who is running around with our mom in Oxford and the general vicinity...

When trying to decide where to take my mother for the day, an ad caught my eye - "Seventy Years of Penguin Design" at the Holburne Museum of Art in Bath. Here was a combination of things we love: books, design...and superficially enough, penguins!

While the exhibit itself was tiny, no more than a room, it was filled with treasures and gorgeously arranged, painted a bright Penguin book cover orange. And what a cover! It's hard to think of a more iconic design (perhaps the old Campbell's soup can?). And Penguin has certainly been marketing it design classic, selling Penguin classic book mugs, deckchairs and towels. We all know and love that three panel design, but I, for one, didn't know much else about Penguin. Did you know that first Penguin paperbacks were just two and a half pence and designed with the goal of making literature affordable and accessible to all. If only that were still true!!! And it's not JUST penguin, you can also see the development of the Pelican and Puffin lines and logos as well! Read more and see pics of it all after the jump!

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tinlark gallery anniversary

tinlark.jpgTonight i was at the Crossroads of the World. And it was surreal. It's on Sunset Blvd in Hollywood... google tells me that it is "L.A.'s first modern shopping mall", built in 1936, and there is a replica of it at Walt Disney World Disney MGM Studios at the entrance of their faux Hollywood Blvd... additionally, the Tinlark gallery happens to live there, so i stopped by to check out their first year anniversary show, and it was incredible... honestly getting to see the Brooks Salzwedel pieces up close were well worth the trip (see the post dedicated to his solo show "By Fault of Its Own" here!)... seeing Diem Chau's Crayons in person finally (I've updated the 2006 post with pictures from this show!) was so cool, and Yaya Chou's Gummi Bear Rug looked strangely enticing (see a post dedicated to this and her other works). They really are as amazingly intricate as they look in the pics, if not more so. BUT, for this post ~ you need to see the Crossroads of the World and the placement of the gallery... the neon sign is classic.

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0116merdanchik1.jpgNOTCOT Note: Here's another article from Anna Corpron of Sub-Studio!

I came across Merdanchik's work online for the first time tonight and was immediately floored by his amazing illustrations. The colors he uses, the textures...and I'm very curious about the narrative behind the imagery! Unfortunately, I can't find out much of anything about Merdanchik online, other than that he is a Russian artist with a really impressive body of work and client list. You can see more of his work on his two blogs, as well as on his flickr site. Any tips? Let me know!

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The Writers Guild Strikes Matches

writersstrikes1.jpgI wandered into A+R last night, and *had* to take pictures of these Writers Guild Strikes vintage-esque matchboxes. The typography, pen nib/lightning, colors, and various angles with which to interpret every all the symbolism... For anyone that's curious, these are not for sale, but for those who want to see them in person, these are in the A+R store on Abbot Kinney. As for the writer's strike, its been a long nearly three months, here in LA especially, and i'm sure we've all been seeing the effects of the strike internationally - with the hold up on shows, awards shows, tv hosts ad libbing their own shows, etc... best of luck to them!

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Design Police

dp1.jpgThe Design Police want to "Bring bad design to justice." and they have even provided a Visual Enforcement Kit to help you with your vigilante justice... whether you choose to make that in the form of stickers, stencils, etc... Personally i'm liking the design of the original stickers of the Design Police Guerilla Campaign in Stephen's portfolio even more! See more imagery after the jump!

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1988 A Tribute to Stan Lee

stanleeins.jpgWho hasn't been incredibly inspired by the infamous Stan Lee? Due to CES, i missed the opening of the Gallery 1988 Under the Influence: A Tribute to Stan Lee... and it looks like an INCREDIBLE show, from many NOTCOT favorites like Luke Chueh, Jason Sho Green, Camilla d'Errico, Kurt Halsey Frederiksen, Dan Goodsell, and more! Take a look here for the full show, and see after the jump for my favorites!

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StrangeCo Vivisect Playset

vivisect.jpgThe King Of The Deadbeats - aka Rex beta vulgaris mortem by Joe Ledbetter is too awesome. That's the blue walrus guy with a head on a stick. This is just one of the new 8 figure blind box series dropping from StrangeCo, and it's their new multi-artist mini figure series, The Vivisect Playset, featuring Anthony Ausgang, Luke Chueh, Peter Gronquist, Thomas Han, Joe Ledbetter, Greg Simkins and Amanda Visell! Quite the lineup ~ Luke Chueh's is perfection as well... that classic near tears look that lives beneath the glossy made up facade we parade around in - Mugs Bunny - aka Lepus polypersonas. For those in LA ~ the big Toy Release party (really its like a fun gallery opening where we can all afford to buy the goods) will be at Gallery 1988 on Jan 26th! See more pics of the full set packaging after the jump.

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Skater Mail!

skatermain.jpgOk, while the Busy Beaver package had me all giddy ~ even cooler is what JUST showed up on my doorstep... remember the Skate Life show? Skate Life: Skateboard Inspired Sculptures and Paintings by J. Shea and Freddi C Well it turns out that Joe and Freddi loved the pics so much, they were kinda enough to surprised me with one of the pieces!!! And its SO sweet ~ love the little skater guy, and the great shadows he makes, will definitely need to put this somewhere where the light can make crazy shadows and he can be my artistic sundial of sorts. But the other really awesome thing is the illustration on the brown paper wrap!!! I LOVE this 'YO FRAGILE!' guy, and am now debating how to save him, frame him, whether to cut him out, fold it up... ideas? Check out more of J. Shea's work here. Lots of pictures after the jump!

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cocoport.jpgCoco just sent over her portfolio, and its a beautiful mixed media assortment of works that begin with "experimenting with old-school processes such as painting, drawing and ceramics" and then pulling them together in our good ol' photoshop for a perfect mixture of physical and digital collaging. Having studied fine arts in paris, and spending the last few years in london, as well as extensive work that started out for fun illustrating fashion, its no wonder Coco has now been seen in Vogue Magazine, Dazed & confused, Nylon Japan, Plastique & Bon magazine. The London & Barcelona Fashion Week. For some of my favorites from the portfolio, see after the jump!

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Bustin' Down The Door

bd1.jpgDGTLHYBRD just opened my eyes to the beautiful site (and movie) ~ Bustin' Down The Door ~ with .org #8029, and between the music, the site design, and the movie itself, i'm terribly tempted to take a drive down along the coast to San Diego tomorrow, and chill out from the buzz in my head that was CES/Vegas. I'm absolutely taken by the layered tea stained paper look over the depths of a school of fish in the ocean, combined with vintage photos and video of a turning point in surf history.

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Koren Shadmi

korenshadmi.jpgKoren Shadmi is the most inspiring thing i've seen today. Particularly his live journal, which gives us all a peek into the madness that comes before the final illustrations, and a chance to see how things evolve from rough sketch to pencil to brush to photoshop and beyond. My exploration through his work today started with his great illustration in the NYTimes today for the article "Putting Your Best Cyberface Forward" about who we are, and the bizarre behavioral adaptations to show our better sides and alter egos on the internet, be it dating sites, facebook, or just emailing. See some of my favorite pieces of inspiration from his work below... and for the Koren Shadmi's portfolio here.

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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
Dispose of bag in nearest trash receptacle
Close Eyes
Take a deep breath
Think Positive thoughts.


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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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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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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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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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verabee.jpgCould it be? That you readers are right and the image below is the work of the incredibly inspiring Verabee? Aka Vera Brosgol? And even if it isn't, i'm so glad that the comments on the last post have opened my eyes to her breathtaking body of work! That combined with the music on the gift guide have somehow managed to perk me up substantially today in what has otherwise been a rather drab holiday week. So go check out her seriously impressive portfolio at Verabee.com. Thanks, Robbio and Miss Madeline!


*notcot in design - 4 Notes


trapped.jpgI'd like to take this xmas eve to have a totally random nonsensical post. This image popped up when i was cleaning out old emails, i have no clue what it is other than escape.gif... rstevens of Diesel Sweeties tends to leave random images to sign off emails. And its been mesmerizing me on my desktop... i feel like she looks some days! And on more randomness ~ HAPPY BIRTHDAY! To dan, who's taking this cofounder/dev/save-the-day role for NOTCOT fulltime and letting that corporate silicon valley gig go.


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