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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DODOcase Factory Store - Grand Opening Celebration!

Oct 12, 2015

Join us this Saturday, October 17th from 12:00pm - 4:00pm, for the opening of our new factory store in San Francisco. In addition to our comprehensive line of tablet and phone cases, check out our LeatherCraft Collection of wallets, accessories and more. Even design your very own DODOcase, choosing from dozens of different color and texture combinations!

As an integral part of our new retail environment, we have invited some of our favorite SFMade brands to share their goods and experiences, and bring together a diverse and vibrant community of makers, designers, and entrepreneurs. 


Meet the brands & their makers!

Bolt Motorbikes merges passion with capability, having over 30 years and 100,000 miles of riding experience and expertise in bringing products from concept to production in the electric motorcycle and scooter industries. The goal of Bolt Motorbikes is to incite new riders who are interested in owning an efficient electric vehicle. Though the bike is intended for entry level riders, it can also be a performance machine for expert riders with the flick of a switch. With patented battery technology and quick release system, the bike can fulfill the needs of the urban rider. With an impressive 50-mile range, the user can charge the bike in any standard outlet at any time or place. Bolt will be sharing how the bikes are made here in San Francisco, and demonstrating their performance.



Clinton Park, named after the small alleyway in San Francisco’s Mission district next to the old Levi’s building, is the vision of veteran designer/pattern maker Steven Heard.  Founded in 2009, the company quickly went from servicing a hand full of clients to boasting a roster of over 180 as the Maker Movement gained momentum in the San Francisco area.  “San Francisco is ground zero for denim and I feel so fortunate to have landed right in the middle of it.”  Steven spent 4 of the 10 years of his career at Levi Strauss & Co. working as a pattern maker in the old 250 Valencia building where, at the time, the original 501s were still being made. The Clinton Park kiosk at the DODOcase Factory Store will offer made-to-measure jeans, as well as a collection of aprons and accessories.



Finally, the DODOcase factory store was designed and built by Open-Editions, a new design and production company started by artist Lauren DiCioccio and designer Braden Weeks Earp. In addition to collaborating with DODOcase to develop the Factory Store, Open-Editions will be a staple in the new space with a pop-up studio, showcasing their newest products. 


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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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    VR Apps Get Real: Our Top Five Picks

    Mar 09, 2015

    Check out our top five picks for cool new VR Apps for iOS and Android. From super fun games, high speed rally car racing, space and arctic exploration, to foreign city tours and practical work applications, there's a whole new world of experiences right at our fingertips!



    Polar Sea 360

    Moorente (Duck Hunt)


    Subaru Motorsports

     London VR



    WAA VR

    Proton Pulse

    VR Cosmic Roller Coaster

    Hyundai VR

    Insite VR


    Check out our  DODOcase VR Android app for a full list of the latest Mobile VR apps for Android.



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    Is Medium the Next Big Frontier for Content Marketing?

    Jan 13, 2015

    Here is an excerpt from an article written by Tessa Wegert, to view the full article click here

    Medium's capacity to host exclusive content as well as disperse existing material to new readers means it has something for everyone including small businesses who don’t have Fortune 500 resources.

    San Francisco-based DODOcase, maker of handmade cases for mobile devices, recognized an opportunity to educate audiences about a new product category on the site. The company recently ventured into virtual reality with toolkits, inspired by Google Cardboard, that turn smartphones into virtual reality (VR) viewers. A Kickstarter campaign was launched to fund their DIY VR kits. That required not only informational content, but a unique approach to amplifying it.

    We've had so many questions from customers about what VR is and why we're doing this, says Macy McGinness, VP of marketing with DODOcase. We felt like we needed to take a leadership position by developing content around VR, and Medium is the place to do that right out of the gate.

    To date, DODOcase has published three of five articles in a series created specifically for the site. Posts include a look at the technology behind the DODOcase VR viewer, a guide to third-party VR apps, and an exclusive interview with VR innovator Tony Parisi.

    Though primarily intended for consumers, the company's Medium profile has also proved useful to its business development staff, which is tasked with explaining the product’s value to potential business partners. The in-depth storytelling, the way the stories can be shared and interacted with that's huge, McGinness says. It's more than we could ask for from our blog.

    When it came to producing its Medium posts, DODOcase eschewed its usual in-house content development process for a marketing consultant who already knew the site well. A fresh publishing platform, McGinness explains, required a fresh perspective.

    The company chose Rob Goodman, who formerly worked in marketing at both Google and Simon & Schuster. Medium gives you that space to be a bit more free and open with ideas that circle around your core product but aren't directly tied to its promotion,” Goodman says. For brands, we talk about authenticity a lot in content marketing, but on Medium especially, that becomes really key.

    DODOcase's first post received 2,700 views and a 25 percent read ratio, while the second had a read ratio of 50 percent. I've been thrilled by people's reactions and the excitement around [the posts], McGinness says, adding that they played a part in ensuring the company's Kickstarter campaign reached its funding goal.

    In an age when 60 percent of consumers favor storytelling over traditional ads, smart brands will experiment with new publishing platforms. When the platform prizes good content, the medium really is the message.

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    SFMade Week

    Apr 30, 2014

    Join us for SFMade Week May 5-11, 2014! A celebration of local San Francisco manufacturers, we will have our store open, a workshop and tours! 

    MONDAY, 5/5:
    DODOcase Pop Up Shop, 11am - 5pm; 10% Off All Products 

    TUESDAY, 5/6:
    DODOcase Pop Up Shop, 11am - 5pm; 10% Off All Products 
    DODOcase Factory Tour at 2 pm: Given by CEO, Craig Dalton
    Bookbinding 101 Workshop & Pop Up Shop, 5pm- 7pm

    WEDNESDAY, 5/7: 
    DODOcase Pop Up Shop, 11am - 5pm; 10% Off All Products 
    SF Made Presents "Ramp it Up" at San Francisco Design Center Galleria, 6pm-9pm. Learn more

    THURSDAY, 5/8:
    DODOcase Pop Up Shop, 11am - 5pm; 10% Off All Products 

    FRIDAY, 5/9:
    DODOcase Pop Up Shop, 11am - 5pm; 10% Off All Products
    DODOcase Factory Tour at 3pm: Given by Co-Founder, Patrick Buckley

    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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    All You Need For A Good Time: Chocolate, Beer and DODOcases.

    Feb 04, 2014

    A few weeks ago, The Bold Italic threw another memorable Third Base Mircrohood Event. This time, they traveled back to The Dogpatch to offer a taste of some local eats, hand crafted drinks, and other artisinal goods, all made in our hood. Check out some photos from The Bold Italic photographer Isla Bell Murray

     DODOcase visitor checking out the map of the evening's attractions while sippin' on some cold Speak Easy Beer.

    Our friends at Rickshaw Bag Works poured spiced wine from Spicey Vines and Magnolia Brewing Co.'s finest of brews.


    DODOcase proudly showed off our newest collaborative case designed for Not For Sale, a nonprofit organization dedicated to ending human trafficking. 

    The hand sewn Durables Sleeves Collection were on display to the attendees and were selling like hot cakes!

    Unique chocolates from distinguished chocolatier Nosh This posted up at our headquarters. Flavors included Almond Crack, Bacon Crack, and Bacon Salted Caramel. Drooling yet?

    Sutton Cellars had copious amounts of wine available. Carl Sutton's urban set winery is far from traditional, and a real site to behold in our beloved Dogpatch neighborhood. Thanks to everyone that came out to our little corner in San Francisco. We look forward to next time!

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