The Cord Roll
Smartphone Cord Wallet
Fed up with his mobile-charging cable and earphones getting tangled every time he travelled with them, Australian QANTAS international pilot Shane Thompson unleashed his inner Tom Ford and, using a home sewing machine, stitched up the Cord Roll – a wallet-like roll-up pouch – to keep his cables under control.
UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
The overriding theme that guided the genesis of The Cord Roll is intuitive design in both form & function. Its form communicates its function so clearly that the how-to manual doesn’t need to exist.
In today’s hyper-connected world, we all have a smartphone. This drives a key consumer need; to have a phone that is charged. The Cord Roll’s design ensures that the cables & earphones you need are always carried, always secured, & always free from entanglement.
OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
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PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
The Cord Roll is designed to include as few points of failure as possible. It has a very natural flow of use and, owing to the upholstery-grade thread & points of hand-stitching, a generational lifetime can be expected.
Leather was chosen as it ages beautifully and tells a story. For a travel accessory this was ideal. It also addressed the requirement to be minimal in nature, removing the need for hemming as leather does not fray. Finally, it is extremely durable, which addressed the important requirements of integrity and longevity.
SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
everydaycarry, edc, travel, travelessentials, organisation, organised, leather, handmade
Notwithstanding the obvious lack of any formal design qualification, the main design challenge was to authentically deliver the Cord Roll’s promise – to solve a global frustration through attention to form and function, avoiding the design verbosity commonly found in lazy, thoughtless design.
TEAM MEMBERS (1) :
Shane Thompson, 2016.
US Design Patent Pending