Obsessions is a series that asks the engineers and designers behind your favorite tech products to hand-pick their favorite new apps, gadgets, websites and tech accessories. Today’s obsessions are brought to you by Eric Meltzer, the founder of The Open Company, where he designs well-made everyday goods.
About The Go Bag: The Go Bag is a backpack with all the gear you need to keep yourself and your community safe in the aftermath of a natural disaster. We designed it over the past 2 years by working with ex special forces medics, emergency medicine docs, and disaster recovery specialists. It has over $450 dollars worth of gear in it, and it’s available to pre-order for $225 because this isn’t about money for us: we just want to get as many packs out into the world as possible.
App: Newsblur. It’s a really well made RSS reader. Like a lot of the apps I like, it’s made by one person, and it isn’t free, so you know it’ll still be around in a year or two.
Gadget: My Wacom Intuos tablet. I love using the pen to draw all over things when I’m doing critique.
Website: Notcot.org is a long time favorite. It’s one of the last remaining independently run design blogs, it has almost no advertising, and the person running it ...