Everywhere you look around, in even the smallest of things, you will find design. Someone created that thing, whether it’s in architecture or the computer screen that you are reading this on at the moment. That was created, designed, engineered, to achieve a certain look or function.
Web design pertains to the websites you visit, talented individuals have created and built out all of the places you go on the Internet. Graphic designers create the aesthetics of anything from those same websites to billboards, pretty much whatever the naked eye takes in with regard to hundreds of different items. It’s prevalent in advertising, product packaging, you name it.
One of the things that has really piqued my interest lately is the time and effort that goes into designing military backpacks. The years I spent in design school, we had to create and build out all kinds of things, including bags, but the form and function of the military backpacks at this site are pretty impressive.
Spend a little time on the site and you’ll see there are so many different types of military backpacks and bags. But there are a few things that they all have in common. The amount of pockets and pouches is the first thing that jumps out. Manufacturers of these sort of bags have designed them to hold a wide array of items, both large and small. These bags were built to help soldiers and servicemen survive for days at a time in harsh climates by carrying all of the essentials with them. Now they’re available to both military and civilians as well.
I can think of a lot of different uses for these bags: camping, hiking, emergency preparedness. But they’re also great for students, especially design students who have a lot of tools they need to bring to class. Books, drafting pencils, all of the things that are necessities for class. They can all fit into one of these military backpacks.
From a design standpoint, these backpacks are very complex yet simple to use. Pouches inside of pockets, numerous compartments, straps that help to make the bag less bulky by packing all of your belongings tightly. There is even something called “MOLLE webbing” that lets you add on more pockets and pouches. Genius idea.
So design students, take a look at these kinds of bags. They will inspire you in your own designs, by showing you how to be functional and practical. You will also find them very purposeful in your everyday travels through school and life!