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A Carry Survey | Matt Grandin

by , December 14, 2010

Matt Grandin is currently (well, almost finished) conducting a survey on what people carry from day to day. Seeing that everyone here is carry obsessed, we thought it would be nice to help him along and share his survey. With some results up already, the survey is already giving some interesting results – organisational pockets leading as most important feature right now. Head over here to take the survey.

  • Beaver

    I used a maxpedition pack for awhile and the amount of pockets and organizers was infuriating. I liked the concept but after trying to use it I ditched it. I would much rather have the flexability of a dump style bag with smaller organizers of my choosing. I go into my bag alot and I would much rather just remove a pouch with my phone charger in it than fuss with an entire bag to get at my phone charger. Same for USB keys and all of that. It’s like having your wallet built into your pants. Not only is not ideal for switching pants, since you have to remove and reorganize all of your stuff, but trying to find something specific would be much more difficult than just pulling out your wallet and looking at it.

    I feel very passionately about the seperation of orginization and transportation. If the bag becomes the organizer it turns into a different animal. I don’t want to rent a pre furnished apartment…..

    My maxpedition pack became like the space between couch cushions. I had no idea what was in there and was suprising myself all the time, sometimes unfortunately at TSA screenings.

    • Ando

      Yes, yes, yes.

      There is an art to organizers that facilitate organizing without confusing the crap out of you. One key is to separate what should be externally accessed pockets (for items used on the go), and what should be internal pockets (for items used at your destination).

      Another key is transparency – using mesh for internal pockets is awesome, and should positioned higher up in the bag where things won’t get squashed in the usual bottom cram that happens in every bag.

      Once again, we quote from Sir Steve:

      “When you start looking at a problem and it seems really simple, you don’t really understand the complexity of the problem. Then you get into the problem, and you see that it’s really complicated, and you come up with all these convoluted solutions. That’s sort of the middle, and that’s where most people stop….
      But the really great person will keep on going and find the key, the underlying principle of the problem—and come up with an elegant, really beautiful solution that works. That’s what we wanted to do with Mac.” Steve Jobs, from Insanely Great.

      That’s what needs to happen with organizing pockets!

  • http://mattgrandin.com Matt G.

    Hey Ando and Carryology,

    Thanks for the re-blog! I’m just getting started with this whole blogging situation, trying to straddle a line between my personal projects and things that I found interesting and want to share. Carryology is a real inspiration and I could use as many responses as I can get! I’ve been thinking about this survey for a while. It was tough to develop some objective questions about how people use their bags, what they expect and what they care about while still keeping in mind not everyone is obsessed as we are! As Sir Steve explains, I am in that middle place right now which is perfect because first semester ends Friday and then I have a few grueling months till March for designing and building a backpack informed in part by this survey (and maybe more)! Thanks for all your responses! Keep ’em coming!

    • http://www.bellroy.com ando

      Thanks Matt, it’s great to see you starting with some research.
      There’s loads of bag designers and brands that regularly read the blog, so I’m sure they’ll be keenly reading the results as they firm up with more participants. It’s like a free survey custom made for many of them…

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