I came across Jollies Socks a few weeks ago and only just had the chance to check them out. Not only are they cool socks, but they’re focused on helping homeless people, with every purchase they support homeless charities in your area.
Just when I thought I had found a bag to last me a lifetime 1, someone goes out and makes a bag I find irresistible. I’m talking about Hard Graft’s newest iteration to their Flat Pack which now accommodates the 15″ retina MacBook Pro.
Every time Hard Graft release something I usually find myself sitting drooling over their website for a few minutes. The Flat Pack is at the top of my wish list, because as Ben mentions, it’s irresistible.
I read Bens review with interest, it seems Ben has just a couple of minor sticking points with it but they’re not big enough to really hamper or sour the experience of such a beautiful product.
Lovely interview with the folks behind Hard Graft talking about how they got started and how they approach their business. The passion they have for the things they make is so evident all the way through, they love their products just as much, if not more than, their customers do.
If anyone’s interested, I’ve still got my eye on one of their heritage flat pack bags.
As a designer I’ve found myself often puzzled and confused at some of the decisions being made lately in the UI’s I use. I have a very sleek glass and aluminium iPhone in my pocket and yet a lot of the apps on it look like a note pad I used to find on my Dad’s desk as a school kid. It doesn’t make sense to me that a product that is so refined on the outside is full of bloated metaphors on the inside. Maybe that’s why this statement is so refreshing:
For many of us, it seems self-evident that you should approach product building with a certain kind of discipline. You cut your product features down to the bone, but you never approach your interface design the same way. Why create a small gem of a product and then weigh it down with design flourishes? The way you design your site should reflect your values — be consistent. Flat design is lean design.