Pad and Quill Blog on iPad Cases, iPhone Cases and Technology

  • Mr. PQ is pregnant, I'm not.

    “I’m pregnant”

     

    No, not me, Mrs. PQ, it’s Mr. PQ who’s expecting.  He mentioned he has been working on some new things, but him not being the science-y type, male fertilization never crossed my mind.  The man who runs to the emergency room for morphine with a little back pain ought to handle the whole transition labor quite well, I’m certain.  I caught him crying as he sang along with Disney’s Frozen soundtrack the other day, so the hormones must have kicked in by now.  He watched the movie with our oldest, while the second daughter and I were backpacking in the Porcupine Mountains (UP-Michigan) over the weekend.  We hiked the trails with a much- anticipated glimpse of black bears as the state park brochures promised.  In spite of being in the most remote portion of the park, we encountered nary a bear, print or slightest indication that bears were local inhabitants.  I travel prepared for bear encounters, daypack slung with safety whistle, mace/pepper spray, sidearm, and hiking poles that double as spears a la The Edge.  On my last trek north with the oldest, all armament proved unnecessary as the one encounter we had with a bear resulted in me emitting a “mom” scream that sent the poor creature scampering to the next county, as the kid stood in utter contempt and disbelief that I’d ruined her wilderness photo op.  Given her propensity for selfies, I’m not so sure my scaring the bear was a bad thing.  This is the kid who, on day 2 of a 3 day canoe trip, exclaimed, “Mom, I don’t get it, do you mean AM or PM?”  This inquisition was in reaction to me directing, for the prior 48 hours, with the 12-hour clock that aviators, military personnel and outdoorsmen in general use to indicate direction.  No wonder the canoe was seldom pointed along the right bearing.

     

    I’ve been away a bit this summer, which brings us back to Mr. PQ’s pregnancy and my curiosity as to who supplied the egg, presuming there was an egg and not some bizarre asexual dinosaur from frog DNA experiment being carried out.  That could get alien ugly real fast.  Alas, cell coverage being spotty as it is in the wilderness, left his text to me broken into segments.   What he actually meant to say is that he is so excited about the designs and prototypes being crafted by our team he feels pregnant with anticipation for all the projects in the works.

     

    Our whiteboard area is piled with prototypes of Little Cases for iPhone 6, and a new design for the for the iPad Air.  We haven’t left out you lovers of leather dry goods, with gorgeous full grain being transformed into bags and backpacks you’d be willing to watch a 26.2 hour Frozen marathon to own.

     

    Nine months is a long time to await the arrival of a newborn, thank goodness the fall is almost here!

    Mrs. PQ

    Kari

  • iPhone 6 round up

    Well it's that time of year again.  As you can imagine Mrs PQ and I are quite busy getting ready for the arrival of iPhone 6 in September.  We do have a couple surprises coming prior to September though.  Keep an eye on Instagram and our newsletter as we announce some beautiful products coming in a few weeks.

     

    Regarding the iPhone 6, we have been following all the various tech news sites to glean as much information as possible and incorporate that into our new designs.  The BIG news is that Apple is clearly going to launch a larger iPhone. Most sources agree that two sizes are likely, a 4.7 inch screen and a large 'phablet' like 5.5 inch. These new iPhone's will be impossibly thinner, faster and have even better camera improvements. Here's series of quotes from a few key sites we follow and some take aways about Apple's upcoming iPhone 6.  Rumors for sure, but quite interesting.

    Rumored Shell pieces of iPhone 6 4.7 from production Rumored Shell pieces of iPhone 6 4.7 from production (via 9to5mac.com)

    From 9to5mac

    Apple May release a larger 4.7 and 5.5 inch screen iPhone at same time or...maybe not?

    "There have indeed been rumors that yield issues with the larger screen of the 5.5-inch model iPhone 6 may result in it being launched after the 4.7-inch model. But even there, we’re hearing conflicting reports."

    Sapphire Glass. A super strong and scratch resistant screen on the new iPhones?

    "...we reported last year that Apple had procured enough Sapphire Crystal furnaces to make 100-200Million ~5-inch iPhone displays. However, the latest rumors claimed that the sapphire material might only make an appearance on a new 5.5-inch iPhone model, and not a 4.7-inch model, due to low yield rates expected through the end of the year."

    iPhone 5, iPhone 6 4.7 and iPhone 6 5.5 next to each other. iPhone 5, iPhone 6 4.7 and iPhone 6 5.5 next to each other. (via Macrumors.com)

    From MacRumors

    Apple is gearing up for the largest initial production run of iPhone's in history.  This is going to be a BIG launch in more ways then one.

    "Apple is asking its suppliers to manufacture a massive number of 4.7 and 5.5-inch iPhones in anticipation of high consumer demand, reports The Wall Street Journal. The company is seeking between 70 and 80 million units combined of the 4.7 and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 by December, its largest order to date..."

    With so many iPhones in so many hands, we are planning to make iPhone cases that protect, collect your valuables make sure that the new iPhone your holding is not the only thing people will ask you about.  These handmade iPhone cases will celebrate the craftsman and truly give your new iPhone 6 a fully Crafted experience.

    Stay tuned,

    Brian

    Mr PQ

     

     

     

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  • Important things

    I popped into my “other” job at the YMCA Tuesday, only to be met by a coworker informing me that “Crazy” Patrick had died.  While his demise is sad, sadder still in my mind is that he died alone in his house only to be discovered by his sister, his body already beginning to seep into the threads of a battered easy chair.  I suppose Patrick suffered the euphemism “crazy” attached to his name because he was quite possibly the only person I know who owned a different monochromatic outfit for every day of the week.  From headband down to matching sneakers it might be a blue day or a red day for Patrick, as he’d corner you into a conversation littered with adventurous tales which, when strung together, wove a story to rival that of Forrest Gump.

     

    Waiting eagerly for iPhone 6 to release, Mr. PQ and I have traveled to the north shore to work on a new project aimed at introducing a notable piece of the north woods to our product line.  Anyone who believes American manufacturing has gone the way of the clam shell phone, only need travel the side roads and byways where you’ll discover the heart of the country in the small businesses where employees cut, stitch and rivet each product by hand.  Our new bags for your Macbook, Air and other tech gadgets are going to be phenomenal!

     

    It’s essential for us to tour our vendor’s factories, meet the people and understand each craftsman's process.  The sheer volume of this factory lead me to think that heavy mechanization was being utilized, so it was rather mesmerizing to to hear the cacophony of sewing machines, the ring of hand hammered rivets and the rasping of shears as each piece is individually cut by hand. The integrity of the entire bag is ensured by the passion of each craftsman.  Guaranteed for life.

     

    Even when life takes a precarious turn.  Nothing underscored the vibe of these past days quite like the story relayed to us as we chatted with customer service.  A bag had been returned for repair to a zipper.  The CS rep noted a small hole in the bag and called the customer to ask whether he’d like the hole repaired as well.  The hole was created by a bullet, in Iraq.  The hole stayed.

     

    Nothing like the resonant brush of death to create a little sober thinking.   Nothing is certain, so I  value the ability to influence the adjectives attached to my name, hopeful that my actions evoke trust, integrity, passion, love.  Guaranteed for life.

    Kari

    Mrs PQ

  • Baby shipping

    Sometimes I find when I’ve retold a story a number of times, I lose the writing narrative of that story and it can take change of venue or thought process for it to return.  So, while I was fully prepared to regale our customers with wonderful adventures of the oldest kid and I in the vast wilderness boundary between the United States and Canada, I’m stuck.  Mr. PQ and I are heading back up north this weekend to cheer on Grandma’s Marathon participants, so perhaps by returning to the scene of the crime, I’ll get my mojo back.

    I desperately need my mojo back, we are busy preparing for the release of iPhone 6 and I am having the damnedest time stringing my thoughts together.  Perhaps I just need the World Cup #ibelievethatwewillwinit to conclude.

    Here’s how I know I’m losing my mind:  Brian texted the other day to inform me that a major online magazine wants to feature our packaging in an article.  I had to think for awhile about why on earth someone thinks Fedex and USPS mailing envelopes are interesting.  Then it hit me, “Oh, he means the brown parcel paper and wax stamps we wrap each iPhone and iPad case in prior to shipping”.   Yes, this would be the packaging we spent a lion’s share of 2013 designing.  Good lord, how do I forget these things?

    Then I was busy adding some items into our accounting inventory, among which were the nifty little Japanese mini pens we include with every Odyssey Wallet.  A rather handy and completely gorgeous wallet to take on your travels, the pen being our subtle amuse-bouche to the full entree of detail we impart to each product design.  For the life of me, I couldn’t remember the name of this wallet.  So, I dialed up Pad & Quill on my phone, hit the home page and found Odyssey, the name I was seeking.  The full context of this being, I’m the one tasked with contriving names that will amply convey the emotive feel and functionality of each bag, case or book we design.  I think I’ll blame alien abduction for this one.

    However, I did notice on our mobile site that wallets are not included in the scroll view, and that seems an oversight on our part.   If I don’t even know that wallets we carry, how do we expect the average shopper to discover them?  Proof that even a blind squirrel occasionally finds a nut.  Even a squirrel suffering from premenopausal disorder, or alien derangement syndrome.

    That’s how I’d also explain this nifty little piece of history as well. Baby shipping. My apologies in advance if you open your mailbox to find a little baby quill wrapped in parcel paper?!

    Uniformed_Letter_Carrier_with_Child_in_Mailbag Baby shipping used to be a thing?!!

    Kari

    Mrs PQ

  • More then just a bumper case

    When we came up with the idea around the Traveler case for iPhone 5/5S we were inspired by my late father who carried a coin purse with him his entire life.  You can read more about that story here from this past March.

    Check out our video as well  Story of the Traveler Case.

    We love bumper case function and the more minimal approach they provide for an iPhone. What we hate is tons of plastic and injection molding.  That's everywhere.  We really wanted the Traveler case to wrap leather around an iPhone like a cool evening jacket. Like that trusty coat, the cover needed to also be practical.

    After dozens of prototypes we arrived at a case that we think fits these passions. Gorgeous full grain leather, stitching and very intricately handmade by our brothers and sisters in Leon.  We can even attest to it's drop protection. We have done multiple drops with our iPhones in the Traveler on concrete, some planned and some not so much.  The traveler did it's job well and we simply applied some boot oil to the scuffs- good as new.

    Check out our Traveler and as with all our products there is a 30 day money back promise.

    Brian

    Mr PQ

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