Shawn Blanc interviews Patrick Welker, a freelance graphic and web designer living in Germany, about his setup — everything from office chairs to Macs to water filters — and why he uses what he does to get his work done.
Of his bag — the Ristretto for 11″ MacBook Air — Patrick says:
“When I’m on the road I use a messenger bag to carry my MacBook and iPad. I choose to go with the Ristretto from Tom Bihn despite the high shipping costs and customs tax that are due when importing something from the United States. The bag is equipped with the fantastic Absolute Shoulder Strap and a lot of their nifty pouches and leashes. Ninety percent of the times when I leave the house I travel with my bike, and due to Tom Bihn’s Guardian Dual Function Light I feel a lot safer when riding in the dark.”
Above? Patrick’s health appliances. He explains: “When you live and work all day long within a tight space and share it with another person, my belief is that the room you choose needs to have a feel good atmosphere. Moreover, if it is a home office you have the permission to go nuts. To conclude, for me this means transforming my workspace into a whimsical little world with a touch of kawaii.”
First let me say tat the flight back and forth there involved 5 flight transfers and on every flight (even on the smallest plane) the Western Flyer and Tri-Star fit underneath our seats. You might ask where did I put the Synapse 19on the planes? I placed it in the middle compartment of the Tri-Star (empty and flat except for Ipad Mini and a 2 phones and wires) and it fit perfectly. We did not did any heavy clothes since it is so hot there (except for a gown for the misses and long dress pants for me since we were in the wedding. All other dress clothing was rented for the occasion when we got there.
The Synapse 19 was the perfect bag for EDC as the jeepneys, vans, and Tricycles as they are all to crowded to be getting in and out of with a larger day bag. The packing cube backpack was used as our grocery bag at the markets and the shoulder packing cube was my wife’s only purse.”
“The Swift is the perfect Market bag. It looked so stylish, yet allowed me to carry many smaller purchases and items without feeling like a bag lady. In fact, the only thing that went into the shop bag was our pastries from Pirosky’s.”
dorayme with her Swift in Hemp/Recycled Rubber at Pike Place Market.
“My family recently spent the week at Disney World with two other families. There were 11 of us all together. My friend (also a Tom Bihn fan) had the brilliant idea to bring the clear organizer wallet to help keep track of all our tickets and Fast Passes. It worked like a charm, especially with the little dividers to keep everything organized.
Even with the pouring rain we had a couple of days, our tickets and passes stayed dry, as did everything my friend carried in her Synapse.”