NOTCOT Note: Here’s another article from Anna Corpron of Sub-Studio!
TODA (The Office of Design and Architecture) is a multi-disciplinary design office in New York City whose work spans industrial design, architecture, print and web design. I’ve been a big fan of TODA for years, especially of their furniture/products, because of their conceptual approach to design. For Frighetto’s debut at the 2007 Salone de Mobile in Milan, TODA designed the Bean line of furniture, which explores form through structure and skin.
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Remember the Diesel Global Warming campaign? Well the catalog to go with is just as great… “The World’s Coolest Hotspots Guide”. Besides the images from the ads and the product shots, what really grabbed me about these little red hardbound catalogs were the maps of the future world. Check out pictures of the maps below - london becomes an island, the us only has some large cities and mountains left, italy becomes a more anorexic boot, etc…
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New Gallery Tags! Have you noticed the new tags? On the left and right of NOTCOT.com? AudioCubes is sponsoring them this month, and showcasing some of their many fun and hard to find headphones, toys, accessories, and gadgets you didn’t even realize you’d needed. In fact they even just got the Audrey Kawasaki Gelaskins in (couldn’t resist tossing that one in the pic, after just posting the great new Audrey pieces below) - Dan (yes, co-founder and genius behind our tech) is quite the audiophile, and he swears by AudioCubes having ordered some headphones from them. Personally their robot section was my favorite on the site, as well as those tiny speakers that are so cute, tempted to get one for my ipod. You’ll also probably noticed quite a few products we’ve featured, like that video bulb that you just plug into your RCA and it becomes your tv screensaver? Anyhow, i’m in a giddy shopping kind of mood today!
Audrey Kawasaki’s latest from the Innocents show at Lineage in Philly. It’s been a little while since we’ve had some good eye candy from her shown here, and i couldn’t help myself when i saw her aquatic themed pieces, so here’s a little something to get your creative juices running this Wednesday. Although i love them all - the one above is my absolute favorite: ‘umi no yami no jyoou’, 24x17… see more below. And not all of her work is innocent and dreamy eyed mysterious (or is that a mischievous? scheming? calculated? completely bored? apathetic? twinkle in their eyes?) girls… she also has some NSFW submissions to Grafuck.
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NOTVIDEO! From those crazy marzipan knit cupcakes to FLAMING IPHONES to pixelated jewelry to smooshing cupcakes (and other things) on a scanner…. and they even stuck polaroids on the backdrop!
Ok, here’s the story. Sean Duran, of Out of Focus Studio, dropped me a note saying basically - we make videos, are you interested in making NOTCOT Vidoes? Being excited and not knowing at all what i wanted really - i told them, go for it, make ma pilot and lets go from there… SO, with next to no direction, a script written in their free time, and an episode filmed in under 3 hours… check it out? Let us know what you think, and what you would and wouldn’t want in a NotVideo! (p.s. its a little slow at first, but once the cupcakes are baked and the iphone is flaming…)
*NOTCOT in design
- 07.24.07 -
the 2007 IDEA winners have been announced, and having just gone through all categories, i must say my favorites are in the Packaging & Graphics category. As you can see from the winners, transparency seems to be the winning theme… from Jawbone’s gorgeous floating box display to Panasonic’s Headphones that have a mix of image of the headphones and transparent side of the box showing the real thing! And i love Cargo’s new liquid foundation packaging that makes it much easier to get every last drop out, and less packaging to dispose of. Also noteworthy - congrats to Belkin! Exciting to see my favorite Surge Protector take bronze in the Consumer Products category… and their N1 Router in the Interaction Design.
The Little Know-It-All: Common Sense for Designers. Published by Die Gestalten Verlag, June 2007. Knowing just those two pieces of information and seeing the cover, i already desperately covet this potential designer’s bible.
So what is this little book? “The Little Know-It-All provides the fundamental information designers need to know to thrive in their growing field of practice. It is an indispensable manual of the knowledge currently required of designers as the evolution of media redefines their role and expands the disciplines in which they must be competent.” Shots of some pages below… and it’s only 29$ at Amazon.
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Odds are if you are reading this, you PROBABLY should check the Walk Score of your current location and get walking. I mean seriously, we spend a bit too much time at our computers… well me at least. Apparently my current walkscore is well in the green, at 88% - what is that, a B+? A-? Its been a long time since i’ve thought about grades. “70 - 90 = Very Walkable: It’s possible to get by without owning a car.”
This is an interesting mashup - Walk Score uses a patent-pending algorithm to calculate the walkability of an address based on: The distance to walkable locations near an address, calculating a score for each of these locations, combining these scores into one easy to read Walk Score. More details below on how the calculate an areas walkability…
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Insufficient Data! Tom’s Cruise! Crazy giant squid factory/symbol thing! This map blew me away, and i impulse bought it. Actually it’s a shirt. The fabric details were just far too funny to not buy (its a 55DSL diesel men’s shirt - it was on sale). Check out the details of other great places like Current Data Uncertain, Cape Beer, and the Stall Votex as well as some other creatures. My favorite phrase has long been “hic sunt dracones” which medieval map makers put in unknown regions… perhaps today’s version is now “insufficient data”? More close ups that amuse me below, and yes, i finally show you the shirt in its entirety as well. I’d love to turn this shirt into the lining for a purse or something, somewhere where you look for unknown things……
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*NOTCOT in tech
- 07.23.07 -
One of the most interesting new products announced by Belkin in the last week is definitely their N1 Vision router, and i got a chance to play with it in person at the Belkin Press Event last week. Finally a router that you don’t need to hide beneath a desk, or behind your couch, that you only look at when your internet is down and you need to reset it. This one has a large digital display and one large button to navigate through its quick overview screens showing you everything from your speed, upload/download usage, devices connected, and even the date and time! (Yes your router just became your room clock). With its sleek and slim upright design, i can already see this replacing airports aesthetically (although no printing/wireless speaker hookups).
Also, while at the event, Belkin was kind enough to let me take a few snapshots of the gorgeous packaging for the N1 Vision, unfortunately the lighting in Vessel was terrible for photographing, but the images below should give you a good idea for now. Basically Belkin is really taking the user experience of its products very seriously, from the time you open the box, to every day usage. They have designed both the box and router to need minimal contact with the user… you unwrap, you open, and there is the router with an easy lift tab, and just below that lays two clearly labeled boxes for the power supply and network cable.
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Rebecca Minkoff’s (of Morning After Bag fame) latest for Fall is the Matinee Bag. And in the oh so trendy grey leather, it will surely be one of the more coveted bags this season. Although i haven’t been hands on with one of these yet, they’ve sent over many a picture… and the most interesting details look like the suede flaps which can add that extra flare of color/texture when up, and hide the two secret side pockets when down (more pics below!). Equally cute is her description of the bag:
Meeting him at noon? Perfect. The Matinee bag is ideal for holding all of your work day essentials as well as your must have products. The Matinee has dual pockets on each side and is accented with a reversible suede pullback, these discrete zipper pockets open up allowing room for all those unmentionables. When has your lunch break been sexier.
See more pictures below of the model shots, purse angles/colors, and even a few sneak peeks of the launch party display of the fall collection… the display of bags delicately balanced on wood is quite interesting.
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ThisWorks. It may not, i’m not sure, to be honest. But it certainly is a good way to build confidence right off the bat when your customer encounters your product. It’s simple and to the point. Also while it feels a bit like Philosophy’s text filled branding… it feels a bit more refreshingly playful. I was drawn to it instantly, and love the packaging of their travel kits especially, the minis in the Travel and Survive kits are so cute, and perfect backup gifts to have around. So i’m posting this simply because it feels branding/packaging noteworthy. [I first ran into it at Fred Segal.]
*NOTCOT in food+drink
- 07.22.07 -
AR+COOK (Art & Cook) has some incredible designer gadgets for your culinary side. Left to right - citrus reamer, masher, twirl whisk, egg whisk, jet whisk, pizza roller… and that is only a mild black and white selection from their collection… they have quite the assortment of bright colors as well. Apparently Art & Cooks true claim to fame (beyond award winning design) is their Airgonomic handles - “While air is in the handle, zinc is in the core. A strong, durable material that is resistant to stains and scratching, zinc provides a long, maintenance-free life for more than 60 years. The weight of this metal allows the tools to work more efficiently, reducing the need for users to exert excessive force when completing the cooking tasks at hand.” ~ diagram of the Airgonomic handles below.
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*NOTCOT in tech
- 07.21.07 -
Jealous Computers, apparently quite the outbreak is happening… well according to JealousComputers.com, the latest viral Nokia N95 campaign. Much like their Great Pockets campaign earlier, this one is a beautifully glossy website, complete with loads of youtube videos of “attacks” of laptops and pcs which are jealous of the new N95. Interesting twist, submit your own stories and videos for t-shirts… check out PSAs, attack videos, the shirts, their “how to deal with jealous computers at work” saftey poster, and even their N95 Disguise Mug below!
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On things to watch… WEJETSET (read: we jet set) is launching (and giving away a Mercedes C-Class Sports Sedan) September 18th , and i’m already excited to see what exactly it will be. So far it sounds right up our alley. What is it? Well, it claims to be “the store and voice of modern travel culture”. It will have both online and physical stores as well as an online and print publication… “The inventory consists of design forward, functional items that represent a spectrum of premium goods ideal for the smart traveler.” (sounds very NOTCOT)… and “[THE PUBLICATION] WEJETSET is the cultural reference for modern travel.” (sounds intriguing).
They are also hunting for travel correspondents to report on their travel experiences, adventures and solutions for our online editorial. Oh, and about that C-Class, well you can sign up for their mailing list now, and a winner will be drawn on September 18th.