How we carry rolled drawings

Architects, designers, artists and engineers put a lot of time and effort into creating drawings, plans and artwork. The cases available for carrying and presenting their work, however, don't reflect that care and attention to detail.

Anyone who has used a tube to carry drawings, knows that when it's time to remove them things get a little awkward. Rolled paper tries to unwinds and expands against the inside wall of the tube. Removing it often means squeezing your hand in the end grabbing a corner and twisting. This project started when I ruined a poster that I had stored in a tube. 

A carrying case should allow you to insert, carry and remove drawings easily and without damaging your work. This sequence is repeated every time you use it. It sounds simple enough, but looking at tubes and portfolios that are available it became clear that they were not designed with these three things in mind. 

Inserting rolled drawings is familiar...the difference is in the details. A latching cap is a nice touch (I have since replaced this with a magnetic closure). Finished edges and elastomer cap are kind to your drawings and your hands.

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Our self-adjusting strap is constructed using Mil-spec tubular climbing webbing and a specially designed leaf-spring core. The result is smooth and durable way beyond minimum requirements.

The real magic is in the way it expands like a bow, takes up any slack when you need it, and springs back against the side of the case out of the way when you don’t.

A film hinge and  magnetic closure run the length of the case. It pulls the case closed with a satisfying audible click that will remind you that your plans are held secure. 

Release tabs make opening the case a snap.

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