Mighty Life List
Sep 3 2009

Born to Amuse and Inspire: Jean Aw of Notcot

Over the last few weeks, I’ve been doing a campaign for Gap that features profiles of other design bloggers. The interviews are an extension of Gap’s Born To… Campaign, which is about pursuing your passion. As you may have noticed, I’m into that. You can find out more about the campaign on the Facebook page here. For completists, the whole set of interviews is over here.

This week’s interview is with Jean Aw, designer and founder of NOTCOT, a network of collaborative design sites with an emphasis on smart ideas. She has a master’s in User Experience Design, so NOTCOT doubles as Jean’s design consultancy.



Jean and I met about a year ago at the CM Summit in San Francisco. As you can see from her self-styled photo above, she’s a little camera shy, but you may recognize her from a recent appearance in Lucky Magazine.

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Jean grew up in Los Angeles, where she’s currently based, and her attraction to variety helped her shape a career that keeps her life flexible.

“The best thing about my life right now is that no day is typical,” she says. “Perhaps thats the reason I’ve been able to do this so long! I could be roadtripping for hours, flying off somewhere, tethered to my wifi, meeting people I’ve admired over drinks, shopping, looking silly photographing products on my pool table, bouncing between galleries… you get the idea.”

Jean says her fascination with design may be genetic. “I think it has just always been a part of my life,” she says. “Maybe I can blame my mom for impressing her good taste on me at such a young age.”

And the girl does have taste, my friends. In just the last few weeks, Jean has me coveting a Nervous System Ring, a new iPhone Case, and any number of prints by Anthony Burrill.

So what else does Jean have an eye on right now? Let’s have a look.

Jean’s Current Inspirations

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Pie Pops!
Bite-sized pie on a stick.

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Super Cute Ghosts

Halloween is sneaking up.

CHROMAHASH

Chroma Hash Password Visualizations

A visual password indicator that helps you see if your password confirmation matches the original entry.

nozzell

Porject Squadt’s Nozzell s2

Cute vinyl figures.

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Deckstools

Fashioned from broken skateboard decks.

The Longest Way 1.0 – one year walk/beard grow time lapse from Christoph Rehage on Vimeo.

The Longest Way 1.0

A time lapse film of a guy growing a beard over the course of a year while he’s on a trek.

Favorite Artists and Designers

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Audrey Kawasaki

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Tord Boontje

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Chris Kabel

Thanks, Jean. We’re keeping our eyes on you. You know just where to take them.

8 Responses to “Born to Amuse and Inspire: Jean Aw of Notcot”

  • Meredith Says:

    I am fascinated and at the same time I feel completely out of touch. But how can I not instantly love the person who introduced me to pie pops?

  • Candice Says:

    Wow, so inspiring.

    One question: any idea where one can get that squishy chair and ottoman???

  • Kristina Says:

    Wow – the guy in that video looks like Christian Bale. I kind of want you to do a post on him (and not just because he’s cute – his trek reminds me of The Long Way Round, which I loved).

  • Toni Says:

    NOTCOT is one of my favorite blogs to read, Jean you are my hero, thanks for doing what you do!

  • EmJay Says:

    Pie Pops! Damn. Now, why didn’t I think of that?

  • ryan Says:

    always inspiring, i loved the video!

    and the chair and ottoman are fatboys, check out their marimekko prints! http://fatboyusa.com/

  • Bea Says:

    Pie Pops would make millions in NZ – pies are all they eat down here. (ok, maybe not, but still….)

  • Nicole Says:

    Nervous System Jewelry? Pie Pops? Mind blowing.