The North Face has just released this video of their Access Pack, their now-available backpack design with a novel feature: A spring-loaded lid. Whether or not it's a necessary feature, and whether folks will pony up the $235 asking price, is another matter. The steel frame that makes the
When I was 8 years old, my late grandmother, less than a year before she passed, gave me a two-fold leather wallet with a Nebraska Cornhuskers logo impressed on it. (I'm from the Midwest.) In love with both the wallet and my grandmother, I carried that leather gem for 16
Faber-Castell is a company with history. Not only were they the ones who came up with the idea of making pencils hexagonal, to make them less likely to roll off of a tabletop, but they've been around for more than two and a half centuries, having started up in Germany
The creator of Trunki, Rob Law, as quoted by the BBC in their story on the verdict, says he was "bewildered by this judgment, not just for ourselves but for the huge wave of uncertainty it brings to designers in Britain”.
Based in SophiaTown, Soweto, The Soulart Foundation is run by local social entrepreneur Sibusiso Mokhachane. Deeply rooted in his local community, Mokhachane directs his efforts to youth development and community upliftment. He recently launched a very well received range of backpacks made from Sotho blankets called "Unlearn Africa." Mokhachane is
With an eye to old school, traditional mechanic's bags, we welcome more utility and class to the family of custom HES gear. The new Hand-Eye Mechanic's Bag is built for a long life on the road or in the garage. Our workshop tech, Luke Murray, and his 1965 Volkswagen
You’ll have several years under your belt designing soft goods – think backpacks, footwear, technical outerwear and leather goods like wallets. For you, good design isn’t finished until it’s actually in customers hands, working and being loved. You'll enjoy working in the lab to create prototypes that test your concepts.
On some level, luggage is absurd. The notion that we are meant to reconcile our sundry items into a rectangle, and that lots of those rectangles are then loaded into something shaped like a cylinder, seems ill-considered. Air travel is certainly not an experience that's been designed from end to
It’s always interesting, if a bit alienating, to see the most extreme version of a product category. Who can’t help but turn their head at a Ferrari zipping past, or an AmEx Black Card perched on the edge of a restaurant table? Now joining the ranks of exclusive products few
Traveling through Vietnam in the '90s, I purchased a flight from Da Nang to Saigon that cost me one million VND. That was the first and last time I ever handled a million of anything. For others, however, carrying a million bucks around—USD, no less—is apparently a regular occurrence. As
As more and more people travel, more and more people realize their luggage sucks. Draconian airline regulations and delays mean more of us are attempting to eschew checked luggage and go with rolling carry-ons, but design hasn't kept pace with these modern-day needs. As one example, we want carry-ons to
We've all heard that "Time is money." Less often said, but no less true, is that these days space is money too. Now a business in the UK, School Trunk, is aiming to help boarding schools complete that latter equation and turn their extra space into profits, aided in part
Outdoor Retailer has been growing steadily with this year's record attendance of nearly 25,000 visitors. The largest and most comprehensive outdoor sport show of its kind, this year's summer market was especially interesting for designers. OR has been offering designers a special $100 registration pass. This is less than 1/5th
Most backpacks are designed while ignoring a simple ergonomic reality: One must shrug out of the backpack and bring it in front of you to access the contents. That's why you'll often see a pair of backpackers on a trail accessing each others' packs for them. The Wolffepack design we
While the Cloak Bag seems to have won universal praise, I have mixed thoughts about it. First off, take a look at what it does: Okay, harmless enough, right? The inventor bills its design as anti-crime, hiding its cargo from "people who might be eyeing your camera in sketchy areas."
As the phrase "living out of a suitcase" indicates, most road warriors don't bother to transfer their clothes to the bureaus provided in hotel/motel rooms. You would think that simple observation would influence luggage design, but instead the suitcases we've seen are only meant to transport your clothes, will little
The Incase brand mantra: "A better experience through good design." That applies to everything we touch. We eliminate the superfluous, we edit down to what's necessary, and we aim to achieve a universal design language that transcends both age and demographics. Through that, we're able to create solutions that allow users to have a better experience pursuing their passions.
We designers are perhaps biased in thinking the best thing a parent can do is support any creative interest shown by their child. But bias aside, I've gotta put Australia-based Tez Gelmir forth as a candidate for the Father of the Year award. "My son has recently developed an interest/obsession
Airlines excel at making the travel experience unpleasant, but lately they've slowed down on innovating with ways to make it even worse. Thankfully, the International Air Transportation Authority is stepping in to help. The central problem is that airlines have stuffed more seats onto planes, meaning there's not enough room
As a product designer, it seems crazy to me that no one's really figured out the SLR camera lens cap thing. Which is to say, where do you put the cap while you're shooting on-the-go? "I hate that lanyard/hanging lens cap solution," pro shooter Mike Cinquino (of the self-shot video
People don't just struggle to stay organized at home and at work; they are also challenged by staying organized when they're mobile. And for many people, being mobile means being on a bike as they commute to and from work, go shopping, visit friends, etc. Pannier bags are one
SDR Traveller, makers of high-end travel gear, recently introduced a duffle designed by Jan Chipchase, the former Executive Creative Director of Global Insights at frog and Principal Scientist at Nokia. Christened the D3 for its design iteration, the pack is meant to encourage anonymity while traveling and withstand the unpredictability
Name: Hadrien Monloup Occupation: Co-founder and product design director of Bellroy and Carryology Location: Jan Juc, Victoria, Australia Current projects: We have built a great, fast-growing wallet brand and business. Now we are working really hard on the Bellroy of tomorrow. And that will include some very interesting products. One
Like many of you, I was all ears during today's Apple announcement—and by ears, I mean eyes, by which I mean busily scanning liveblogs from the folks in attendance in Cupertino. In any case, I will likely be acquiring a new black rectangle in a week and a half, and...
We've seen plenty of examples of feature creep over the years—an inevitable consequence, perhaps, of an increasingly saturated marketplace and a broad lack of differentiation between the majority of options in any given consumer product category. However, a new bag concept might be a rare exception: although EVENaBAG is described...
As an individual with the good fortune of being born and raised in the United States of America, I can't say that I've ever witnessed a bombing or any other kind of terror-related attack, much less lived with the potential threat of such as a facet of day-to-day existence. Politics...
Well, the name kind of gives it away, but for some reason it's still surprisingly delightful... probably because the small purse is a dead ringer for the office supply it's based on.Designer Peter Bristol—whose work we've seen before—notes that the Clip Bag is a case where "new scale creates new...
As our society seems to grow more tech-enhanced by the minute, so too are we burdened with more gadgets that represent extensions of our bodies (not to mention a host of newfangled gestures and body language). Citing water and impact as the major weaknesses of electronic devices, Luke Mastrangelo recently...
The ongoing quest to design the most minimal wallet ever is something of a race to the bottom: my colleague hipstomp, for one, has resorted to using a Japanese train pass holder, and we see so many Kickstarter projects that (for better or for worse) we have to pass on...
This is where we're at as a society.A company called Bullet Blocker manufactures child-size backpacks that feature bulletproof inserts made from a Kevlar-like material. ABC News reports that their sales increased 1,000% following the awful, horrific events last week at Newtown, Connecticut.Another company called Amendment II, in Utah, makes similar...
Amsterdam-based entrepreneur Marijn B. Berk and bag designer James Jeffrey are working on an interesting product: A bag that not only carries your laptop, tablet and smartphone, but can charge all of them up. Called Phorce and billed as "The world's first smart bag," the rectangular satchel boasts unseen, on-board...
Here we go again: with this September's release of the iPhone 5, third parties have yet another excuse to revisit the iPhone case. We've passed on a lot of the usual suspects, but a pair of independently-developed Kickstarter cases are noteworthy for their ultraminimal approach. Alex Karp's "Bummpies" and mod-3's...
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