MAKER MONDAY: Meet Josh - DODOcase's Screen Printer

Oct 26, 2015

Tell us about yourself:
I grew up all over California but mostly on the Monterey Bay Peninsula.  I moved to San Francisco right after high school in 2004, to attend San Francisco State University, initially as a Geology major but then switched to Printmaking. I eventually transferred to San Francisco Art Institute, where I mostly focused on etching and painting.  I've been screen printing since I was about nineteen, but my real printmaking career started when I was fifteen, bootlegging punk shirts with stencils and spray paint.

1) What is your position at DODOcase and what do you do on a daily basis?
I manage the printshop at DODOcase where my duties include screen printing book cloth patterns and custom logos, foil stamping cases, and monogramming custom names and initials.  I also help out in the bindery when they need me.  Printmaking and bookmaking are closely tied.

2 )What aspect of your role do you enjoy the most?
 I love working with my hands, and problem-solving.  Printmaking teaches you to come at the problem from many different angles and is also a lesson in patience and humility - just when I think I'm getting comfortable, there is always some new variable that I hadn't taken into account.

3) What are your hobbies outside of work?
Outside of work I play music and make a lot of art.  I have an album out on a local record label and have been playing shows pretty often. I also do a lot of screen printing for fellow bands and friends.

4) Tell us the most interesting fact about you?
I wrestled a bear when I was 12 years old.  My father said, "Son, you can't be a true man until you've pinned a grizzly and stared into its cold eyes."

5) What's your favorite DODOcase product?
I like the card and cash wallet. I've had one for a few years and get compliments on it all the time.

6) Best monogram you've ever gotten from a customer?
"stay gold ponyboy"

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Maker Monday: Meet Erika - DODOcase's Bindery Manager

Oct 26, 2015


1) How did you come to DODOcase? 
I'm originally from Tucson, Arizona though I've lived in the Bay Area for seven years now. I moved out here to go to school at San Francisco Art Institute to get my BFA in Printmaking, which was a really great experience. I had my first run-in with DODOcase back in 2011, when I was part of a small team of SF Center for the Book interns who got to make a collaborative DODOcase for SFCB! After that I always knew someone who was working at DODO (and I'd picked up a few days of work here and there), and when the position of Bindery Manager came up this year and it was offered to me, I felt I'd be up for the challenge! 

2) What is your position at DODOcase and what do you do on a daily basis?
I'm the Bindery Manager at DODOcase. I work with a small team to build all the stock and Customizer book-bound cases. I create the daily plan for the department, and I work to create and maintain an efficient system that can produce all the cases we need in a timely manner. We work with a lot of machinery on the daily, including an old Challenge guillotine, several pot devins (glue machines), a casemaker, two Kluge presses, and a Kwikprint and Kensol foil stamper. 

3) What do you like best about DODOcase?
I really enjoy the people I get to work with here at DODOcase. We've got a really wide range of people with totally diverse skill sets, and there's always something you can learn while you're working with them!

4) What are you passionate about?
Making things! There's always another technique out there to learn- right now I'm fascinated by block-printed wallpaper, it just blows my mind how many impressions need to be made in order to make one roll. Some prints have sixteen layers, and they only register using pins! It's fascinating.

5) What's your favorite DODOcase?
I like the look of the new BOOKcases, I think the brown leather makes every pattern and color of book cloth look good, and I like the sewn details.

6) What type of DODOcases are the most fun to make?
Any of the customizers with really outlandish combinations of prints and colors- I still find myself being surprised and cheered at the crazy things people choose to put together. 


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The Story Behind Stamen Maps

Aug 25, 2015

Stamen is a well-known San Francisco-based design and data visualization studio. Founded by Eric Rodenbeck in 2001, in the aftermath of the dot-com crash. Eric saw what digital media could do and knew he had to merge new digital practices with beauty and artistry. Since then, the studio has grown to a staff of thirteen and has established a reputation for its expertise in creating compelling interactive design and data visualization projects. It remains an independently owned and operated company.

Stamen Map DODOcase Liners

At DODOcase we use two different Stamen Maps to line our Stamen Maps Collection. The first being Toner: These high-contrast B+W (black and white) maps are featured in Stamen's Dotspotting project. They are perfect for data mashups and exploring river meanders and coastal zones. The second being Watercolor: Reminiscent of hand drawn maps, the watercolor maps apply raster effect area washes and organic edges over a paper texture to add warm pop. Watercolor was inspired by the Bicycle Portraits project.

 A Look Back on the History of Maps

Stamen has married modern day technology with the artistry and history of Cartography, which is the art of map making. The mixture of science, math and creativity that goes into map making has been estimated to be around 8,000 years old.

The earliest maps are actually not of this earth, but of the lesser explored regions of the stars, the galaxy, and constellations. From there, our earliest ancestors drew landmarks of their hunting grounds and trade areas on animal skins, clay tables, wood, and leather. Today's modern day maps have descended from the map-making techniques of the ancient Greeks.

Take a look at DODOcase and Stamen's mapped out collection here.

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Meet the craftswoman behind our newest iPhone case: Lorna

Aug 17, 2015

Lorna's Background:

Lorna grew up in Burma. While studying Physics in college, she spent her spare time working as a sales rep for her parents' bean company.  After graduating, she decided she too wanted to work for herself and opened up a small beauty supply store. Unfortunately, under the oppression of the Burmese government and their mismanagement of the country's currency, Lorna had to close her store and flee to Japan in order to make money to support her family, which had grown to three small kids. Lorna spent four years working in Japan as a waitress while teaching herself how to speak Japanese. With great sadness, she returned to Burma due to the unfortunate passing of her oldest son. Thankfully, by that point, her husband's siblings, who were already living in the US, were able to successfully petition for Lorna and her family to come over to the US as well. Eager for a new beginning, She packed up her family and took off for the famous Land of Opportunity, the USA. 

Lorna arrived in California in 1998 with her husband, son, and daughter. She worked hard for 10 years doing data entry for West Coast Life Insurance. Unexpectedly she was laid off with dozens of other workers as the company moved jobs overseas to India. Lorna was crushed as she wasn't sure what she was going to do and couldn't afford to remain unemployed, luckily she found DODOcase through the Government Career Center. The job description sounded interesting so she walked into the DODOcase Dog Patch workshop with her resume in hand seeking a job. Lorna didn't know much about sewing or bookbinding, but she was willing to learn and work hard. She was excited to make things with her hands and learn a new craft and there began her career as a DODOcase Craftswoman. Today Lorna is an integral part of the team. She can help out in several different areas and is always thinking of new product ideas. Her daughter is currently studying at Brown University on a full scholarship and her son works as a manager at an international company in Japan.

Shop the New Lorna iPhone 6/6 Plus Case Here

Q&A With Lorna

1) How Long have you been working for DODOcase? I've been working for DODOcase for 3 years and 8 months.

2) Why do you like working for DODOcase? I love working for DODOcase because I believe in the company's values and philosophy.

3) When and why did you get into sewing? 2 years ago the Sewing department needed help, so I started working with them. I enjoyed it so much I asked to stay in that department.

4) What gave you the idea to make the phone case? I didn't like throwing away the extra leather scraps from the various DODOcase products, so I repurposed the extra leather for another design to reduce waste. I really wanted to make a case that fit the way I live my life. That's how I came up with The Lorna phone case. With the help of the DODOcase team, it really turned into something great!

5) What do you like to do for fun? I love to spend time with my family and friends. We mostly have parties and BBQ whenever we can. I also love to watch dramas and movies.

6) How did it feel when DODOcase went with your design? It was a big surprise!  I was very humbled to think that DODOcase believed in my design. I just wanted to make something that could fit into my lifestyle  and enjoy the way it looked.

7) How did it feel when DODOcase decided to name it after you? I never imagined anything would be named after me, so I can't even use words to describe how honored and happy I am about this opportunity.

8) What's your favorite part about being a person who makes beautiful products? I never really considered myself a very artistic person, so the fact that what I created can be beautiful, gives me a lot of hope and confidence in myself.

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Introducing the DODOcase Urban Backpack

Jul 27, 2015

For years we've heard you say you want a bag, well it's finally here! Earlier this year, we met Cleveland, another San Francisco maker, who for the past five years, has been designing and creating exactly the kind of American made bag we thought you would appreciate. With a classic minimalist style and a focus on strength through superior material and construction, Cleveland's handcrafted designs are the perfect fit for our brand. Cleveland first started making bags in high school as a boy scout backpacking through the Sierras. His background in sculpture and mechanical engineering led to this great looking design. 

Durable yet refined, made with heavy-duty waterproof Cordura Canvas with brown leather trim, base, and adjustable straps, this bag is as handsome as it is practical. Built to last, these Urban Backpacks are the optimal bag for city living and commuting. These USA made backpacks have a modern rugged everyday backpack made for the urban adventure, to support you from the boardroom to the park. Available is Navy, Olive Green, and Black.


Key Features:

  • Built to last a lifetime
  • Made with heavy-duty waterproof Cordura Canvas
  • High quality leather trim, base and straps
  • Brass Hardware
  • Thick foam back pad
  • Heavy-duty waterproof vinyl liner in tan
  • Built in padded 13" laptop sleeve & sealable internal pocket
  • Velcro roll-top closure
  • Three large exterior pockets, one front, two side
  • Plenty of room for books, notebook, extra-curricular activities, & lunch
  • Dimensions: 15"x 11"x 5.5", 15L of internal capacity (fits a 6-pack!)

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    SFMade Week 2015

    May 01, 2015

    Join us for SFMade Week May 4-8, 2015! A celebration of local San Francisco manufacturers, we will have a huge sale at our storefront, factory tours and a Happy Hour Pop-up Shop with our neighbor Magnolia Brewing Company!

    DODOcase SFMade Calendar of Events

    MONDAY, 5/4:
    DODOcase Pop Up Shop, 11am - 5pm; 40% Featured In-Store Items
    TUESDAY, 5/5:
    DODOcase Pop Up Shop, 11am - 5pm; 40% Featured In-Store Items
    DODOcase Factory Tour at 3 pm: Given by Chief DODO, Patrick Buckley
    WEDNESDAY, 5/6: 
    DODOcase Pop Up Shop, 11am - 5pm; 40% Featured In-Store Items
    SF Made Presents "Ramp it Up" at ShopFloor Design Factory (1426 Minnesota St.), 6pm-9pm. Learn More.
    THURSDAY, 5/7:
    DODOcase Pop Up Shop, 11am - 5pm; 40% Featured In-Store Items
    DODOcase Factory Tour at 3pm: Given by Chief DODO, Patrick Buckley
    FRIDAY, 5/8:
    DODOcase Pop Up Shop, 11am - 5pm; 40% Off Featured In-Store Items
    DODOcase Factory Tour at 4 pm: Given by Chief DODO, Patrick Buckley
    DODOcase and Magnolia Brewing Company Happy Hour Pop-up Shop Friday, May 8th from 5pm - 8pm, 2505 3rd Street San Francisco,  94107
    SFMade supports local manufacturers in San Francisco and SFMade presents a week-long celebration of San Francisco’s vibrant manufacturing sector: discover locally made products, the people who make them and where to buy them.

    To find out about other SFMade activities and events, click here

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