In 2017 I made a resume (out of rockite) for an architecture firm. So many resumes are made with the intention of being thrown away. This was not. I was fed up with people looking at resumes and putting them straight in the circular file or worse yet, not even opening the email. This was made to be put on a desk and not move. In this it was successful (I should know - I walked by their window every day - it didn’t move).
The success of the first led to lots of trial and error to make the perfect wallet.
The first was basswood and mahogany.
The second was 3D printed plastic.
The next bunch were variations of concrete
This is the culmination of everything I’ve learned. 3D printed band gives impact resistance as well as a little tensile strength. The concrete is sanded up to 600 grit sandpaper and oiled so there is no damage to the cards. The key shapes are also 3D printed and can easily be modeled to fit many different shapes. The weight is perfect - as a back pocket kind of guy it gives an amazing ying/yang with my phone.
I’m about to dive into my thought process to a whole different level. Ok - in making wallets it became apparent after the third week that this was a thing that needed an identity. In looking for an identity, I turned to one of my favorite books, The Culture Code by Clotaire Rapaille. In this book, various topics in
different cultures are broken down into “codes” - let me give you an example: In the American Culture, the word for “Alcohol” is gun. Think about it, we take shots, drink Colt 45, and in general it is thought of as something reserved for adults that should be treated with caution. Conversely, in the French culture, the word is Art. Wine is given to children to enjoy, and the purpose of drinking (in general) is to appreciate the flavor and revel in the creation. There wasn’t a section on wallets, but I think that the word for “Wallet” is child. It only takes money from you, if you lose it, you freak the hell out, they’re fairly common, and in a room full of children and a room full of wallets, to the casual observer, the ones that stick out are theirs and the wunderkind.
I first made a backpack in college. This was not successful apart from proving the concept that having wood slats as a back piece is incredibly comfortable.
This led to doing some thinking about what conceptually I wanted a backpack to be. The idea of a bag being a present really stood out to me and I did some sketches around what that would look like.
The next step in this process began over quarantine. Although it isn't finished yet, progress is being made.