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There's a CaseApp for that
Hello my lovely readers - long time no see. Well, some of you may keep up to date with me on Instagram, in which case you probably see too much of me (!)...either way, many, many apologies. I got lost on the path of life (infinite brownie points to anyone who knows where that reference is from), which included detours to Beijing, Nanjing, Shanghai, Seoul, Busan, Hong Kong and LFW. I've been working on a hundred and one things behind the scenes art-wise, design-wise AND blog-wise, so I promise the radio silence will be over soon and I'll stop being the terrible internet human I currently am...
While I'm still in the midst of sifting through all my travel photos and juggling a couple of other projects on the side, I received a little something in the post that kickstarted my excitement to write again. Recently, the lovely Swedish design company CaseApp asked me to design a phone case...and being the clumsy butterfingers I am, I jumped at the opportunity. I'm not so much irresponsible as just very unlucky when it comes to valuables, and unfortunately my phone has already been through the trauma of a cracked screen (thanks to a prematurely-closed car door) and a dunk in the toilet (back pockets, why were you ever invented?!). Safe to say, it needs all the protection it can get.
The design process
I'd just returned from my travels when the offer was posed to me, so naturally memories of summer were drifting through my mind as I thought about what I wanted to create. I didn't want to just add a pretty picture and a generic quotation; as someone who claims to be an artist of sorts, it only made sense for me to come up with my own unique case. I had many a delicious ice cream while I was away, not to mention they're a very aesthetically-pleasing treat, so I was inspired to paint a few different types in watercolour and ended up loving the result. I scanned them in, cleaned them up and arranged them into a pattern on Photoshop, and saved the resultant file.
The easy part was simply hopping onto the CaseApp website and turning it into a real, physical thing from there. I went for a matte cover as I preferred the look and feel, then repositioned my design over the case until I was happy with its placement. In just a few clicks, my order was placed, and the case was in my hands within a week.
Needless to say, it's almost surreal to have my phone protected by something I made. Well, the awesome CaseApp people made it, but those ice creams were all hand-painted by me. All I thought was, why didn't I do this sooner? It gave me that same feeling fashion designers probably have when they wear their self-made clothes. Even though it's on a much smaller scale, it's still cool when people notice it and ask where it's from, only for me to tell them I designed it and ordered it through CaseApp.
Long story short, I don't think this case is ever coming off. It looks so cute in my hand and among my other workspace elements, plus I'm sure the minute my phone is out in the world naked again there will be an instant K.O.! I've already knocked it off the edge of my desk twice, and so far the case has done its job - no scuffs or marks either. For those of you with devices prone to big drops and falls, there's also a special tough case for extra security. But for someone who occasionally can't hold a phone two feet off the ground like myself, the regular one is perfect.
So whether you're looking to add to your collection or in search of a personalised gift for someone special, what better than a case or skin in this digital age? Put your stamp on iPhones, iPads, iPods, Androids, laptops and more; it's almost as addictive as adding your initials on everything. And hey, Christmas is only twelve weeks away...
CaseApp were kind enough to send me my custom case as a gift. As always, all opinions remain my own!
P.S. Stay tuned on Instagram, something else related to this case may appear in the near future...