12 must-have bags for designers

Carry your designer essentials around in style with one of these gorgeous bags.

Creatives have a number of essential items; a great notepad, the best pencils, efficient laptop, to name but a few. So a sturdy and secure bag to carry it all around is vital. But, while a bag is a must-have item for a designer, finding and purchasing one is not necessarily something that might fill you with excitement. However, we've found a gorgeous selection of accessories that might just make you feel differently...

01. Nomad Art Satchel

It's been dubbed the 'ultimate sketching satchel, and for good reason. Following a successful Kickstarter campaign, the Nomad Art Satchel has been released in the wild and offers artists superlative weather-proofing (water resistant YKK zips & tough rubber backed ballistic nylon), easy access to tools via clever pockets, tripod integration and sleek styling.

02. Laptop backpack

Bags for designers laptop backpack

Carry your laptop around securely and in style with this canvas backpack

A personal laptop is an essential item for any creative. But rather than drawing attention to your device, carry it around securely with this casual, vintage-style backpack. Made of durable and practical high quality 100% cotton canvas, it's strong, durable and stylish.

03. Artsac messenger

Bags for designers Artsac messenger

Artsac released these typographical patterned bag designs earlier this year – and they're glorious

Working in collaboration with award-winning British designer Alex Fowkes, Artsac released these typographical patterned bag designs earlier this year. And they're glorious. The new collection includes a backpack, messenger bag, holdall and laptop sleeve, so there's something for everyone.

04. Jimbag

Bags for designers Jimbag

This rucksack makes the perfect 'studio-gym bag'

The clue is in the name. Created specifically for busy, active people, Jimbag has a selection of beautiful bag designs, but this rucksack is our favourite. A briefcase, handbag, holdall and duffel all rolled into one, this rucksack makes the perfect 'studio-gym bag', holding both a laptop and gym kit comfortably – and doing so in serious style.

05. Comics sketchbook bag

Bags for designers comic sketchbook

Comic fans will love this bag

If you're a fan of comics and never leave the house without your best pencils and sketchbook, this bag is for you. The fabric, comic-based design fits most A5 notebooks, has pockets for six to eight markers or pencils and also includes room for a wallet and phone.

06. Alban bike bag

Bags for designers Alban bike bag

If your trusty bike is your favourite mode of transport, then this is the bag for you

If your trusty bike is your favourite mode of transport, then this is the bag for you. The stylish navy blue fold over Alban bike bag features a zip closure, deep main compartment for all your everyday essentials and an internal slip pocket. Made from heavy duty, water resistent material, the tote comes with an adjustable shoulder strap so it can be worn across your body, carried or attached to a rear cycle rack.

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Kerrie Hughes is associate editor at Creative Bloq. Kerrie was staff writer for 3D World magazine before joining the Creative Bloq team and since then she's written regularly for other publications, including ImagineFX and Computer Arts magazines.