Peter Dering of Peak Design knows the photographer’s struggle.
In 2010 he set off on a 3-month around the world adventure with a DSLR camera in tow and quickly realized that hauling around a camera and its accessories and getting a great shot isn’t as easy as it should be. Upon his return to the US, Dering quit his job and spent the next ten months designing his vision for the perfect camera carrying device. In 2011, shortly after the creation of Kickstarter, Dering launched his first campaign for the Capture Camera Clip, a device that you can attach to a backpack strap or belt and easily clip your camera onto it, allowing instant access at a moment’s notice. Within weeks it became the 2nd most funded Kickstarter campaign at the time.
Following the success of the Capture Camera Clip, Dering grew his business from just one employee to dozens. After six years, Peak Design now has a line of bags and accessories, with five boasting their own successful Kickstarter campaigns.
So, what’s so different about this company that people are falling over backward to throw money at them year after year? Peak Design makes “gear for creative, adventurous people.” From everyday carry to camera bags, Dering and his team develop, design, and manufactures backpacks, messengers, side bags, and accessories to be stylish, durable, and easy to use.
The secret to their success is in their dedication to the design process and precision focus on the following four principles: access, organization, expandability, and the “pursuit of beauty and durability.” This combination of design features formed the foundation of Peak Design’s amazing Everyday Messenger Bag, which killed it on Kickstarter.
The Everyday Messenger comes in two sizes (13 and 15 inches) and is a photographer’s dream. Weather-resistant, with a 22-piece foam shell, this bag is padded, protective, and collapsible. The inside features an eight-pocket expanding front panel perfect for stowing all your cords, batteries, and accessories. Complete with an isolated and padded laptop compartment capable of handling a 15-inch notebook with room for an additional tablet, the Everyday Messenger is as functional as it is attractive. The bag also sports dedicated Capture attachments providing ease of access to your camera and kit. Additionally, their Flexfold divider provides tailored containment and stackability for lenses and other camera gear.
For those looking for a smaller option, Peak Design’s Wing-Bag , meets all your side bag needs. Touted as a 3-in-1 option, the Wing-Bag can be an accessory pouch, shoulder bag, or a belt pouch-the choice is yours! While more compact, the Wing-Bag doesn’t disappoint when it comes to storage either. Its six stretchy, mesh inner pockets and incredible expansion capabilities make this little lugger a great on-the-go bag.
And now Peak Design has a new pet project, the Everyday Backpack. The Everday Backpack is just that—a bag for everyday and everyone—a bag for “adventurers, travelers, commuters, cyclists, parents, and everyone in between.” With many of the features of the Everyday Messenger, Peak Design claims this bag is “a backpack without compromises.” Promoted alongside the Everyday Backpack, Peak Design is also looking, once again, to the Kickstarter crowd to finance their two other new designs: the Everyday Tote and the Everyday Sling. Smaller and more compact, these two bags offer both form and function, wrapped in an aesthetically pleasing package.
We have to hand it to the team at Peak Design. They know the Devil is in the details. From careful consideration of space and storage, to materials, to the craftsmanship of the straps and closures, every aspect of their products are on point. As Peak Design says themselves, “This ain’t just a camera bag.”
Peak Design has won numerous awards for their bags including the Men’s Journal 2015 Gear of the Year Award and the National Geographic 2015 Gear of the Year Award.
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