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Say hello to The Lanier, a streamlined, versatile case with room for both new technologies and old standards.
Say hello to The Lanier, a streamlined, versatile case with room for both new technologies and old standards.
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637 backers pledged $57,643 to help bring this project to life.

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What is a prototype?

A prototype is a preliminary model of something. Projects that offer physical products need to show backers documentation of a working prototype. This gallery features photos, videos, and other visual documentation that will give backers a sense of what’s been accomplished so far and what’s left to do. Though the development process can vary for each project, these are the stages we typically see:

Proof of Concept

Explorations that test ideas and functionality.

Functional Prototype

Demonstrates the functionality of the final product, but looks different.

Appearance Prototype

Looks like the final product, but is not functional.

Design Prototype

Appearance and function match the final product, but is made with different manufacturing methods.

Production Prototype

Appearance, function, and manufacturing methods match the final product.

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Prototype Gallery

These photos and videos provide a detailed look at this project’s development.

Early reviews are in, and The Lanier makes for a wonderful iPad and tablet case, with plenty of room for accessories:

MacStories:

"I often go for a walk through Chicago’s near west side neighborhoods to take a mid-day break and get a little writing done. The Lanier has been perfect for that. I can grab it, along with my iPad, a notebook, pen, and Apple Pencil with room to spare, and head out without taking my bigger, heavier messenger bag."

Tools & Toys:

"The main compartment has more than enough room for my iPad, keyboard, and Confidant; the front zipper pocket is where my charger goes; and the removable pouch is perfect for the memo books, earbuds, and writing utensils."

The Brooks Review:

"Nock made the Lanier to fit around A4 sized notebooks, and I have no doubt that is the case, but I don’t have any near me to confirm. What I can say is that it is really thin and fits my larger iPad Pro extremely well — with, or without the Silicone case and Smart Keyboard Cover — the iPad Pro slides in and out better than any other case I have used."

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We believe in all things analog at Nock Co., but we also live in an age of digital tools. With today’s increasingly portable laptops and tablet devices, a bulky backpack is overkill for the everyday carry, but a sleeve is simply not enough for the analog accessories that help us get our jobs done.

Introducing the Lanier, a streamlined, versatile case with room for both new technologies and old standards.

This slim briefcase features a main pocket that fits a large electronic device, such as the iPad Pro, Microsoft Surface, or even a 13-inch laptop. This A4 pocket is also wide enough to tuck in a notebook next to your device, so you can carry all your ideas with you.

The Lanier also includes a removable A5 size front pouch, perfect for cords, pens, pencils, and small notebooks.

Nock Co. believes in high-quality materials and sturdy construction, and we’re bringing the same standards to the Lanier.

Overall dimensions: 14 1/4" wide x 10 1/2" tall x 1" deep 

Front pouch dimensions: 10 1/2" wide x 7 1/2" tall

Exterior: DWR (durable water repellant) coated 1000D Cordura

Interior: 400D pack cloth

Interior padding: 1/8” mildew-resistant foam

Hardware: #8 YKK zippers

Handles: 1” mil-spec nylon, reinforced internally at each connection with 1” bar tack stitching

Carry this briefcase to your workspace, set up your laptop or tablet in the field, or simply grab the A5 pouch for meetings or sketching your lunch break away. The Lanier combines your analog and digital tools into a single, sleek, and durable every-day carry.

The Lanier is only $88 during this Kickstarter campaign, and will retail for $98 next year after this project is complete.

 

 

 

Prototyping

We started in on this design back in the spring, making our first prototypes out of materials we had on hand. The original goal was to fit an A4 notebook, plus a 13" MacBook Pro, and our first sample did just that:

Stitching it up.
Stitching it up.

 

First sample complete!
First sample complete!

The shape and build were great, but we realized quickly if we added just a tiny bit more room in the main compartment we could fit many more devices, while still keeping the low profile we were shooting for.

Got it!
Got it!

The front pocket contains a removable pouch to fit A5-sized items, plus pens, pencils, and digital accessories.

We also wanted to do a different label for The Lanier. Turns out printer paper is just fine for sampling shape, size, and color:

Black label.
Black label.

We are proud of the iteration, process, and results of The Lanier and can't wait to get it into your hands.

Stretch Goal - Coming Soon!!!

 

Risks and challenges

The design is complete and the prototypes are signed off on with our manufacturer. The only foreseeable delay would be if this project far exceeds its goal and the increased quantity pushes back the estimated delivery date.

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    A5 DotDash Notebooks

    One three-pack of A5-sized, side-stapled, Nock Co. DotDash notebooks. Limited edition of 1000 three-packs.

    If you would like multiple packs, select this level then add $10 per pack to your pledge on the following page.

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    The Lanier Briefcase Early Bird

    One Lanier Briefcase in either the Black/Aqua or Olive/Lime color way. You will be able to select your color after the campaign ends.

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    The Lanier Briefcase

    One Lanier Briefcase in either the Black/Aqua or Olive/Lime color way. You will be able to select your color after the campaign ends.

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