Mandarina Duck File Trolley

I wish I had the budget to convert all my travel luggage to Mandarina Duck. I love the value of Tom Bihn but these bags look fantastic. The full grain leather trim on this slim garment bag is a nice touch. $385.00US.

You have potential

John Maeda with some thought provoking writing as usual:

“When you’re young you are told that you have so much potential to offer; when you’re older, instead you’re told how great you are for what you did in the past. The key is … to always be told you have potential.”
I hope you realize your true potential in the little remainder of this year of 2007.


Laura Dawson Helmet Bag

Love the round soft edges. This is one which will only get better with time.

This is perfect as a laptop bag, or just running around the city. Straps are long enough to be carried in the hand or just long enough to be carried as a shoulder bag. Soft pull up leather ages well and has lots of character. Zipper pull is 3 circles with day glo braided cording. The bag is totally functional and comfortable and the pulls make it really innovative and cute. Two roomy pockets inside to keep your keys-wallet-phone essentials sorted.

Available here.

What’s in your pack, Dave Lee?

Dave Lee of recently saved $30,000, quit his full-time job, and hopped on a plane to travel the world for a year or more. “While I’m not going to be the lightest guy on the road, weighing in at a total of just 20lbs fully packed, minus the clothes on my back,” he wrote in an email late last month, just 48 hours before departure. “It’s hard to avoid carrying technology now that it’s so small, light, and inexpensive, though I know I could drop a few pounds if I ditched a bit of it.” So, Dave, what’s in your pack?


Porter Space Invader Bags and Wallets

A new line from Porter to premier next year. I dig the hip bag.

Tokyo based Yoshida & Co. are no stranger to collaborations with video game properties. Yoshida’s Porter line has had a long standing relationship with Sony, resulting in a long line of PS Pictogram cases in which PlayStation Portables can be crammed. The pricey Porter line is going to be further extended in 2008 to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the release of Taito’s Space Invaders. [kotaku]

See the new line here. Thanks to Jean Snow who also shares my enthusiasm for Porter.

The Cross-Discipline Design Imperative

There is a tremendous demand for design thinkers today. In industry and in consulting, those who can marry creative right-brain thinking and analytical left-brain thinking are at a premium. That’s because innovation often happens not in the center of a discipline but in the space between disciplines, and right now a lot of new value is being found at the intersection of design and business. Professionals who can understand and respect both sides are at an advantage in our increasingly creative economy.


Artivists and Mobile Phones: The Transborder Immigrant Project

Ricardo Dominguez calls himself an “artivist.” Half political activism and half art, Ricardo’s projects blur the boundaries between the aesthetic and the political. “We always view our activism within the frame of art and the poetic,” said Ricardo. Ricardo was part of a team that was recently awarded the Transnational Communities Award for a Transborder Immigrant Tool that uses GPS-enabled mobile phones to help immigrants crossing the border between Mexico and the United States.



The Wi-Fire is a compact, range-extending USB device that enables you to access a wireless Internet connection from up to 1,000 feet away–three times the range of your internal wireless adapter. Works with Mac or WinPC.
hField Wi-Fire

Apple iPhone Leads Windows Mobile in US Market Share

In its first full quarter of sales, the iPhone has already climbed past Microsoft’s entire lineup of Windows Mobile smartphones in North America, according to figures compiled by Canalys and published by Symbian. That puts the iPhone ahead of smartphones running Symbian, Linux, and the Palm OS, but behind the first place RIM BlackBerry. The figures mesh with retail sales data already reported by NPD, which similarly described the size of the US market with a 27% chunk bit out by Apple’s iPhone.

Link. Via Daringfireball.

Y-3 convertible Back Pack Trolley

By Yohji Yamamoto for Adidas.

Exterior features 2 zippered pockets, side handle, luggage tag, stow away trolley and adjustable backpack straps that can be hidden. Interior features snap compartment and zippered pocket. Nylon with leather detail.


Thomas Paul Coral Large Tote


Inspired by nature, tradition and the outdoors, each tote is sure to get you noticed. Fill one with groceries, your everyday essentials or both! Just prepare to be stopped by strangers and asked where you got your tote. Afterwards you will totally have an idea what it is like to be a celebrity, a socially conscious celebrity that is.

Good gift idea. $76.00US.

Oxio Style Freedomer Laptop Bag

I like the styling of this bag – nice curves to break up what could otherwise be a boxy shape. The brown version pictured would be my pick and the internal gray is a nice alternative the super-bright interiors I have in my collection (while still retaining the ability to see what’s inside). The lack of a handle is a bit of deal breaker for me.

Oxio Freedomer is a refreshingly different laptop bag from hot New York brand Oxio. Designed in New York, Oxio bags are a cut above the competition in terms of style, quality and practicallity. Attention to detail throughout the manufacturing process is reflected in the bags quality.
This bag will fit the Apple MacBook Pro along with most other 14″ & 15″ notebooks.

Rushfaster link. Photo via Rushfaster.

Going Solo Conference

A new conference for freelancers of the web industry (soloists, hence the name) and very small businesses from all over Europe. The first gathering will take place in May in Lausanne, Switzerland.