Artifacts: Patrick Rhone

Artifacts is a series that explores the items carried by some of my favorite creative people. It's not just about the what but also the why.

Patrick Rhone has kindly taken some time to tell me about all the items he keeps in his pocket and bag. I really dig the fact that most of them writing supplies. If you'd like to learn more about the man behind the artifacts, check out this interview I conducted with him a while back.

Enter Patrick:

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Here is what I carry most days. Most days I only leave with what is in my pockets. It is enough. That said, I bring the bag on the days I need to (like for a client appointment or such).


Patrick Rhone - Pocket

  1. Hellbrand Leatherworks Field Notes Cover — This is my main "on the go" notebook. I also keep a nice stash of 3x5 cards in here too. Also, some postage stamps and a couple of small envelopes.

  2. Uni-ball 207 Retractable Micro Point Gel Pen — My fave "don't mind if I lose it" pen. Never leave the house without paper and a pen.

  3. Jim Whittle Slim Wallet — Love this thing. Can hold ten cards and a few bills folded in thirds.

  4. iPhone 5 — This is my principle writing device. About 95% of my blog posts these days are written on this using the onscreen keyboard. I have fast thumbs.


Patrick Rhone - Bag

  1. GORUCK GR Echo Rucksack — Just enough to hold what I need and a bit more when needed. I even have packed a change of clothes along with the gear in here for an overnight trip. Can carry my MacBook Air 11" in the laptop pocket but I rarely bring along it unless really needed. Rock solid. Built to last. GORUCK Tough like me.

  2. A bunch of pens (various colors and sizes) — Can never have too many pens either.

  3. Victorinox Swiss Army CyberTool 34 — Extremely handy for a technical consultant like myself.

  4. MAGLITE Flashlight, Blue — Flashlights are handy to have around too.

  5. Hobonichi Planner 2014 — My journal. I love it. I really, really, adore it. Use it for a daily log and journal. It is in a cover from another notebook given to me years ago by a friend.

  6. Earnest Eats Energy Bars — I'm hypoglycemic so I always try to keep an energy bar or two around in case I get snacky.

  7. RHA MA750i Noise-Isolating In-Ear Headphones with Mic and Remote) — Fantastic earphones that I've been meaning to review. I'm no audiophile but these make everything sound better and do a great job of blocking out the rest of the world.

  8. Pelle Journal — No longer made or available. Maker seems to have just disapeared from the face of the planet. I love mine but have no idea what I'm going to do when the current refill inside is used up.

  9. Midori Traveler's Notebook Journal — Passport Size — Similar idea as the Pelle but in a much smaller size. Don't use this one as much but you can never have too many notebooks (at least that's what I tell myself).

  10. WaterField Designs Case — I use this for cables and small accessories. They don't make this specific case anymore but I have linked to something similar. Been using their stuff for years. Had this for about 10. Looks brand new.

  11. iPad mini — First generation. Black with grey Smart Cover.