The industrial design process is not just ideating, prototyping, pitching and cashing in; after a production run has been funded, as with Peak Design's successful Kickstart of their Travel Backpack (which we wrote about here), the designers then have to visit the factory to oversee the production process. This is
Some brands rise to the top of the reputation pile through sustained excellence, and when it comes to protective cases, California-based Pelican is one of the first to come to mind. Since 1976 the company has been making watertight and impact-resistant gear carriers--starting with a diver's first aid kit--and though
I've always wanted a clean-looking bag with 90-degree sides, but no one seemed interested in making them. Then I stumbled across Nomatic's killer 30-Liter Travel Bag. It looks unobtrusive, can be carried as a duffel or a backpack, and offers a shit-ton (or Metric ton, if you're in Europe) of
Here's what I don't miss about the city: Running to catch the subway or beat the light while wearing a backpack full of stuff, the contents crashing up and down with each step. Heavy loads jostling around on your back is unpleasant and makes running awkward. A company called Lightning
I'm a big fan of Klein Tools for their clever Katapult Wire Stripper, and I'm happy to see the company has applied their design talents to tool bags as well. Their Tradesman Pro Tool Master Backpack has a host of great features that show the designers have studied how tools
I'd previously called Peak Design's Everyday Backpack the most intelligently-designed bag I'd ever seen; I purchased one and in the years since I've been using it as my main bag, it's lived up to the hype. But now it appears PD has done themselves one better with their Travel Line,
After Adam Savage debuted his EDC One bag last year, based on an old NASA design, he "immediately decided that I wanted to make a second bag," he writes, "for two reasons." "First, the EDC ONE was sized for me and my specific needs, but I could see use for
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 high-end outdoor gear manufacturer SDR Traveller puts it,
Portland-based bag manufacturer BlaqPaks has finally cracked the toughest bag design problem of all: How to do away with those pesky straps. BlaqPaks' new Zero-Strap design finally confers the freedom, range of motion and convenience you've been looking for with this stylish new product: . . . The Zero-Strap will
We've seen tons of different backpack designs over the years, many of them tailored towards a specific type of user. But the one thing they all have in common is that they carry things, which of course starts to wear you down over time. Enter SuperStraps, which are designed to
They say these are for picnics and the beach, but we think they're idea for the office. The PortoVino Crossbody Bag is a handsome leather number--that can be filled with booze and dispensed directly from a tap hidden in the side. It comes with a BPA-free plastic pouch that you
When he was working as a modemaker in the movie industry, Adam Savage built himself this wicked, wheeled aluminum toolbox that elevates to working height on an integral scissor-lift: Since that's not exactly practical to carry around, Savage has evolved the design into something more portable, taking elements from both
After Neil Armstrong passed away in 2012, the astronaut's family contacted the Smithsonian Institute's National Air and Space Museum to donate some of his belongings. Writes Allan Needell of the Smithsonian's Space History Department, I received an email from Carol Armstrong that she had located in one of Neil's closets
The much anticipated Pakt One travel bag's story is one of trial and error and successful multi-layer collaboration. Launched this morning on Indiegogo, the bag's story is filled with interesting advice for designers thinking about putting a professional crowdfunding campaign together—for a market overcrowded with product and made up of
Freitag is known for their sturdy bags made from recycled truck tarps. But one thing they've never been known for is a rolling suitcase, because they've never made one. Until now. To design a rolling suitcase from their signature tarp material presented a design challenge. The tarps are heavy and
Most of the luggage redesigns you'll see these days are hi-tech: Tracking devices, built-in scales, charging stations. But few seem to be focused on the low-tech ways the user interacts with luggage when loading and unloading it. This RueBel concept, designed by a man who travels frequently—Spencer Selhl is a
Like most city residents, Munich-based businessman Benjamin David dislikes being stuck in traffic. And while swimming is technically not allowed in Munich's Isar River, outside-the-box-thinking David tried it one day, and found that he could paddle to work faster than his car would get him there. Now he jumps in
While recently lauding/lamenting Cotopaxi's rare stylish travel backpack, I was struck by how few options there are for slick packs that accommodate bulky cameras and travel necessities without losing EDC appeal. Options for sturdy carry alls tend towards sack-like hiking packs, dorky extra-padded equipment bags, or going Full Messenger with
I enjoy IKEA hacking as much as the next guy, but Balenciaga's $2.1k "homage" to the classic blue bag felt a bit hackneyed. While the accessible furniture and home goods company has stated publicly that the high fashion rip off is "flattering" this new ad might suggest otherwise. It's
Cotopaxi's new Allpa 35L travel pack just exploded its crowdfunding goal and several of my expectations for luggage. Let's talk travel bags for a minute. A lot of people make them, a lot of them are pretty frustrating. Unless you only take your featherlight steamer set across perfectly smooth
I know it sounds potentially cheesy to say that we are looking for someone who is artsy, but we are looking for more than a graphic designer who uses stock photos & pre-fab layouts. We are looking for an amazing designer with an eye for color, a passion for
Topo Designs, LLC is looking for an experienced Product Design Manager to lead and manage Topo designers (apparel, accessories, bag). Experience/ Education Requirements: BA or BS degree in Apparel, Textiles, Design (Apparel) or related field and 5+ year’s relevant and progressive experience 5-7
Brenthaven is looking for freelance design help. We are looking for designers to work on a project by project basis work that we will compensate on an hourly basis. We are looking for people with industry experience. If you feel you have the relevant skills please submit your resume and
Since my last video, a few of you requested that I sketch some softgoods. In today's video I sketch up a backpack concept and show you a few key techniques including: basic backpack constructions, simulating leather, and simulating textiles in a rapid concept visualization.
Ricardo Beverly Hills is searching for a dynamic, seasoned leader to become its VP of Design and Product Development. This is a senior position that will play a pivotal role in designing and developing world-class products that fit the consumer lifestyle for each of our brands. We want someone who will come in with a solid reputation for building both great products in a consumer-driven organization and world-class teams.
The Period Purse is a sleek minimalist portfolio for menstrual tools, intended to cover a lot of bases without raising any eyebrows. While about half the world's population will have periods during their lives, there are next to zero period supplies that the general public won't flinch at seeing.
Is there anything better than seeing a design team that's clearly obsessed with their product? Here the folks from Peak Design break down their Everyday Backpack, which might be the most well-thought-out, functional and good-looking bag design I've ever seen:
Those of us who live in small homes have a number of organizing challenges—and one of those challenges involves small bedrooms where fitting in a nightstand or two may be impossible. People who are bedridden may also want organizing tools that keep things closer at hand than on a nightstand.
I'm mightily impressed by the efficient design of this Modeler's Briefcase: That's the MT02, created by a Spanish company called ModelMaq, which caters to miniature-painting enthusiasts. It's portable and makes fantastic use of its interior space. The base elevates the models up to a better working height for the painter
There's a lot of competition going for daily carry backpacks, and it's rare that a new design adds much to the field. The wildly Kickstarting Backpaix takes on known needs of the urban commuter, and adds a couple surprising details hidden inside... and on its face. Complete with
Proto Industrial Tool's recently unveiled Express Tool Mat is a complete rethinking of the traditional kneeling pad. Unlike those simple slabs of foam, it's a circular pad sandwiched between layers of synthetic fabric that folds to become its own carry case. Intended for use by mechanics and repair techs, it
According to Norm Penner, it's better to swivel than slide, at least when it comes to the drawers in heavy duty tool storage cabinets. He should know because when the conventional cabinets in his metal fabrication shop failed, he and his father invented the pivoting drawers now used in Swivel
The two-wheeled "hoverboard" trend appears to be over, at least in NYC. Last year they were a common sight on sidewalks here, but the whole spontaneously-bursting-into-flames thing appears to have hurt sales, and I haven't seen one in months. Perhaps the MovPak will be the next trend in alternative personal
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