This project's funding goal was not reached on December 5, 2012.
About this project
We're Rick Love and Reed Enger - artist and designer respectively. We're hooked on Apple products, and started building our own cases to keep them safe. We wanted a case that would be durable, inexpensive, and infinitely customizable.
3 years ago we began recycling pizza boxes into laptop cases. The cardboard was awesomely durable, and no one felt like stealing a week-old Papa Johns. So we called the folks who manufacture the pizza boxes, and drafted a box to fit our laptops. The result is our Rough Cases: simple, durable, customizable cases for our laptops and iPads.
They turned out even better than we'd hoped. Rough Cases fit the 15" MacBook Pro and iPad like a glove. Corrugated construction is tough - we're guessing a lot tougher than neoprene cases, and it turns out cardboard is strangely beautiful. Smooth, with crisp edges, and a perfect canvas for customization. And everyone likes opening a package! Every time you open your Raw Case, it's like giving a present to yourself.
Cardboard is American Tough. There's a reason why it's the standard for shipping packages around the globe, moving out of your dorm, and catching brave skydivers. These cases are durable. We've carried our laptops and ipads in these boxes for nearly three years - surviving falls, deterring theft, and braving catastrophic beer spills.
100% recycled and recyclable corrugated cases made in America. Don't call it cardboard, this is serious, heavy-duty Corrugated. Manufactured in the beating heart of Golden Valley minnesota by plaid-wearing, sleeves-rolled Minnesotans.
Even though we've designed these cases to fit the 15" MacBook Pro and iPad they've proved solidly versatile. They carry our tech, papers, printed portfolios, notebooks, trashy paperbacks, gum, toothbrushes, and all manner of narrow accessories.
We'll be printing artwork and mantras on the higher-end cases, our first runs shown below - if you participate at these levels, choose your favorite design and we'll make sure it lands in your loving arms! Designs will be one-color, and printed either off-set litho, (for large runs) or screen printed by hand.
We sincerely appreciate your support for this project. Every designer and artist wants to share their ideas with the world, and that's what we're attempting here. Vote Art! Vote America!
Risks and challenges
Many of the challenges are with the manufacturing itself. We're working with Liberty Carton in Golden Valley MN, to manufacture our Rough Cases. Their routered prototypes are lovely, and after funding, we'll be cutting dies for mass-production. We'll be working hand in hand with their designers to follow this final process and make sure it is of the highest standard.
Our print process for the case designs will vary based on the volume ordered. For prints with under 500 requests we'll be screen-printing the designs onto the cases by hand, a process which Rick Love has dialed in during his decade running Out of Register Press print studio.
Our final challenge is shipping. We'll be folding the cases inside-out and taping them closed to ship, upon arrival, simply cut the tape, reverse, and assemble. We've tested sending cases this way both locally and across country and they arrive in wonderful condition. Upon completion of this project we'd love to have the cases all shipped by Christmas, though we've set a final date at Feb. 2013 just in case. Thanks again for your support - and we can't wait to deliver your case.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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