Notcot, one of my top stuff-hunting destinations, functions via one of the best ways to ensure your content stays fresh: Let millions of other people find it for you. This is probably why the site always has such a satisfying selection of good things. Art, design, new campaigns, new products - it's all there, and it's there in large quantities.
As the site has grown in popularity, the necessity for subject-specific offshoots has paved the path for sub-sites like Notcouture (fashion) and now Liqurious, an in-alpha cocktail paradise tracking anything from drink recipes to Absolut's latest packaging design. It's looking good so far, and it will probably look even better around 2 pm on account of it being Wednesday. Prime yourself to booze here.
Sunday marked the release of a great new issue of Format Mag. This one is strictly on the subject of art toys (or vinyl toys, as some of you may know them) and I really recommend reading up for a few reasons: 2) Art toys are moving up and out of urban culture and starting to hit everywhere, and if you're unfamiliar and in advertising or marketing you're behind; 3) This issue is probably the best crash course you can take; and 1) Art toys are-- at their most basic-- a way for everyone to affordably become acquainted with some of today's best pop artists, making them an interesting extension of the mindset behind urban art. They represent the ideals behind universally accessible art in a way that most other mediums, aside from the poster, don't. And I love that.
The coolest thing about these rankings is that, thanks to a collective ranking system, they fluctuate daily, so there's always newbies making the ranks....even newbies like us, who somehow wound up on there with the modest ranking of 588 out of 729 (and we've climbed 17 spots, yeah!!).
Anyway, I love that the man behind the list, Todd Andrlick took the time to do this because it's giving me a lot more time to do other things. Rawk.
Commando Nerd Patches are patches that prove you're in the super secret special VIP exclusive iPhone club. These patches are exactly like the kind that nerdy kids like to personalize their army jackets with, but thanks to another one of those extremely socially polarizing iPhone apps that you only get to have fun with if you have an iPhone, these patches are scanable - by another iPhone, of course. And should said other iPhone owner notice your clique-supporting patch and feel inclined to scan it, their obliging smart-a** phone will take them to whatever web page the patch-wearing iPhone owner told the code on the patch to take them to (and that web-page can change whenever the iPhone owner wants it to).
It's not that I resent all of these brilliant little apps - it's just that every time a new app comes out (like Shazam; holy crystal baller) I feel more and more inadequate. I might even be in the market for a hitman to toss my Berry off the Quest building. I mean, maybe. I mean... leave an application in the comment section.