Idea for a Bag to carry a Netbook and notebook
A bag to carry a netbook and a paper notebook
This idea may become obsolete very quickly when Tom finally reveals the new fieldbook, but nevertheless, here it is.
For a long time now I have wanted a slim, robust and stylish carrier for a notebook or 3-ring binder, that would also carry a netbook or small laptop.
This might seem contradictory, but we just haven’t managed to completely get beyond paper. Despite our best efforts to make everything digital, we still wind up carrying all sorts of notes, brochures, files and maps printed on paper, along with our computers. And paper still is a very attractive medium for drawing, note-taking and planning. When I carry a full-sized bag or briefcase, there is plenty of room for a laptop and all sorts of paper, books and other stuff. But a full-sized bag is heavy and cumbersome. Lots of times, I want to be lighter, but still need to carry a mixture of paper and computer.
Many years ago, I bought a nylon carrier for a 3-ring notebook from a company that mainly makes supplies for the military and law enforcement (don’t ask, I was young and stupid and hadn’t discovered Tom Binh yet). It held the notebook (or a notepad) ‘like a book’, and zipped closed on three sides. It also, and this is crucial, had a handle to be carried by hand, and two rings, to be carried on a shoulder strap. I often carried this to meetings, classes and other places where I had to take notes, but didn’t want to take the full briefcase. And it fit within my larger briefcase or bag, so it was also a good way to separate two different jobs or projects. I still use it occasionally, but I usually don’t dare to put a computer in it, since there is no padding.
So here is my idea: a notebook carrier with a padded section for a small laptop or netbook. I leave the ultimate design up to Tom’s genius. Maybe it could be made so that a removable laptop sleeve could be attached to the outside. Maybe it would be better to have the sleeve on the inside. I would want it to be made so that the notebook/pad section could be used with the sleeve attached (meaning that there would need to be a way to accommodate both “lefties” and “righties”.) And please, I would want something which would hold both 8½ x 11 and A4 sized paper (because some of us swing both ways.…).