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A Season of Making… then Giving (Kindle Style)

December 28, 2010 4 comments

Well Christmas has come and gone and as I age, I realize it’s not the same as it used to be… But that’s not the story today. Today I just wanted to share my gift giving endeavor.

To start off, my wife has been wanting a Kindle for quite some time. This was even before the most recent Kindle version (third generation). Anyway I decided to get her one for Christmas. Now financially it’s not really within our budget but through cashing in different credits from different programs, I was able to procure one for roughly half price. This was great but when purchasing anything “nice” for a clumsy person, you better have a way to protect that investment.

In spending quite a bit already on the Kindle itself, I really didn’t feel the need to spend another $35-$60 on a case. I’m frugal (or cheap if you prefer) like that. I decided to consult the interwebernetz for possible ways to hand make a case. I found quite a few creative ways that people have made cases for their Kindles and it amazes me to see how everyone has used their own personal strengths and skills to do so. Every homemade case I have seen is so unique and creative. One thing that my search did was it got my creative juices stirring. I studied design in school and am a package designer by day. I have the necessary skills to make my own sweet case. I work at a company that does book binding and custom packaging so all of the materials are at my disposal. Why the heck did I bother the internet anyway?

So there I was. I had an idea, I had the necessary skills, and I had all of the supplies. It was time to design. One beneficial thing when designing a package is to have the item in hand to be packaged. Unfortunately at the time I had no Kindle so I had to build around dimensions that I found while searching the internet.

 

Handmade Kindle Covers

First off, in looking at different pre-made cases, I considered a standard book style but that would leave an opening on the right of the case. I felt an extra panel would be extra protection. I came up with a very clean mini Tri-fold binder. The right panel somewhat interferes with use but I felt the extra protection was well worth it.

 

Handmade Kindle Covers

Next step would be the closure. I considered velcro dots but I personally think velcro tends to cheapen any product. I considered magnets but through testing, the adhesive tended to fail before the magnets. Also I am unsure if magnets affect e-ink screens. I couldn’t find any solid information on the internet either so I decided not to take the chance of having my protective cover be the actual thing that destroys the item I was protecting. My final decision was to use an elastic band. I went through many different options to attach the bands to the binders but I eventually came up with a rather elegant solution. Hope you would agree.

 

Handmade Kindle Covers

Final step was to find a way to attach the Kindle to the binder itself. I didn’t want to use any adhesives because I hate the residue that they can leave on plastics. I wanted it to be secure yet easily removed if need be with no damage to the Kindle or the case. I had already used bands as the closure and knew that the bands themselves wouldn’t damage the Kindle. I think I found a rather clever way of piecing everything together into a nice package.

 

Handmade Kindle Covers

Through the entire process I was essentially using extra materials from previous mockup requests. The great thing about that was using up waste materials. Also it gave me a variety of materials in which to cover my binders with. I mean really, you can’t go wrong with faux white snake skin or whatever it is.

 

Handmade Kindle Covers

I was quite pleased with the final products. If there were only one thing I would change, it would be to add another elastic band across the center (below the screen) for added support and peace of mind. Well that will be for my next version 😉

The lady was pleased so I guess that’s all that matters right? If the lady is happy, everyone is happy 😛

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Lonely Chair

August 15, 2008 1 comment

Lonely Chair

I just thought this was a nice shot. It’s kinda sad and lonely even though it’s only a chair 😦

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Celebration of Progress

October 11, 2007 Leave a comment

The Village Green

Yesterday I went to an Architectural showing concerning Des Moines East side. It was pretty much an awards ceremony highlighting some of the progress that has occurred on the East side because of Des Moines Architects. It’s great to see the East side growing as opposed to dying away and being forgotten while the West side is growing like a weed. There were wonderful architectural displays as well as complex renderings of current and future projects.

Hors d'oeuvres

Oh and of course I gorged myself with the wonderful Hors d’oeuvres and wine. Best part was that they were free!

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Angel Men

September 20, 2007 2 comments

Angel Men

The packaging to this was extremely well made so I decided to share. It’s a cologne called Angel Men that was designed by Thierry Mugler.  It’s apparent that nothing was skimped in designing this product as well as the whole package to protect the contents.  This is truly the amount of effort that should be put into the development of any product .

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Herman Miller Armchair

September 10, 2007 Leave a comment

Loose cushion armchair

I have finally joined the ranks of Herman Miller collectors. This Eames Loose Cushion Armchair is the first piece of Herman Miller that I have ever owned. Many of my friends have collected HM office furniture for quite sometime now and have built up quite a collection. If this chair had not come by under the circumstances that they did, I don’t think I would have ever purchased it. All I can say is that for $40 this chair was a steal. For being 28 years old, it’s in great condition (as you can see from the snapshot) and is quite comfortable to boot! It’s actually an awesome gaming chair. I guess I need to keep an eye out for more office furniture to add to my collection!

Mars Cafe & Flatform

August 10, 2007 Leave a comment

Row of art

I visited Mars Cafe today for dinner and a browsing of Flatforms latest project called Superfuture. There was music, art and of course food. So I was all set. I enjoyed my dinner and a bit of relaxation. I ran into a few friends which was a very pleasant surprise so I enjoyed their company as well.

Music time

All in all it was a great evening. I shall have to visit Mars Cafe again in the near… superfuture?

Superfuture

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Des Moines Art Festival 2007

July 3, 2007 Leave a comment

Des Moines Art Festival 2007

I had the opportunity to visit the Des Moines Art Festival over the weekend and I actually had a good time.  Typically I am less interested in the art and more interested in just being outside with the crowds and enjoying the food and drink.  This year was no different.   Overall I didn’t like much of the art but there were a few sculptures that I wouldn’t have minded having.  The yellow sculpture centered in the photo above was one of them.

The weather was perfect to be outdoors and I ran into a few close friends.  Twas good to see them per usual. Plain and simple, I enjoyed the food, friends and f-art. I guess I really didn’t have much to say after all. ^.^

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