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Sometimes laptop is more than just a device. Using laptops over years, some of us tend to develop a genuine affection toward their little (or not so little) companions. We take care of them, putting them in a nice hand-made fabric, spicing them up with some fancy outfit and providing them with a personality using laptop skins. That’s not as bad as it sounds, and there are many ways to use laptop decoration (or laptops decorated by other people) as a source of inspiration. In some way you may also call it laptop art.

In this issue of monday inspiration series we provide you with some fresh ideas to spice up your environment with laptop skins, engravings, sleeves, cases and stickers. In the end of this post you’ll also find some experimental ideas for laptop decoration — caution, you don’t really want to replicate them at home or at office — well, at least if you care about your laptop.

Apparently, Apple geeks are far more emotional when it comes to accessories for their laptops — although we’ve tried to cover as many different ideas as possible, in the selection below many of the presented ideas are used on Macs. There is nothing we can do about it, really.

Laptop Skins and Engravings Link

Shalgo Laptop Designs1
This Dutch company offers a number of the so-called mozaikits which you can place not only on your laptop, but also, for instance, on walls. Stylish.

Laptop Designs - Shalgo Laptop Designs2

Laptop Designs - Shalgo Laptop Designs3

Awesome Designer Laptops4
Well, these are indeed… unusual. And it is damn hard to make something like this on your own.

Laptop Designs - 7 Awesome Designer Laptops5

Laptop Designs - 7 Awesome Designer Laptops6

HP Pavilion dv2800t Artist Edition7
An artsy laptop manufactured by Hewlett-Packard.

Laptop Designs - HP Pavilion dv2800t Artist Edition8

Laptop Designs - HP Pavilion dv2800t Artist Edition9

Computerlicious Designer Laptops10
Engadget shows off some pretty beautiful designer laptops, decorated with fabric and leather.

Laptop Designs - Engadget11

MacBook skin12
In most cases you can use your own skin designs and let some skin printing store print them out for you. That was the case here.

Laptop Designs - Jedibook w/ Technorati sticker13

Apple Art14
Stylish. And pretty cool.

Laptop Designs - apple art15

Here you’ll find some artistic laptop skins (art, design, typography etc.)…

Laptop Designs - 1717

…even more various laptop skins.

Laptop Designs - Laptop Skins by Schtickers.com19

Laptop Decoration20
Laptops can also be decorated with a… well, simple pen.

Laptop Designs - Laptop Decoration - a photoset on Flickr21

Finnish Black/White Macbook22
Engravings seem to gain on popularity nowadays.

Laptop Designs - Flickr Photo Download: Finnish Black/White Macbook23

Powerbook, engraved24
Ode to the Apple. You can also watch the video of how it’s been done25.

Laptop Designs - Jedibook w/ Technorati sticker26

Laser engraved Black MacBook27
A masterpiece by EngraveYourTech28.

Laptop Designs - Jedibook w/ Technorati sticker29

Rhinestoning a laptop30
Have you ever thought about rhinestoning your laptop?

Laptop Designs - Rhinestoning a laptop31

Laptop Bags and Sleeves Link

Designer’s Bag Case
This is sexy. A notebook-bag case for “thin” laptops.


E.square 60s-style laptop bags32
Laptop bags weren’t around in the 1960s, but if they were, they would possibly look like these E.square 60s-style laptop bags. Price: $54.95. [via retrotogo33]

Laptop Designs - E.square Sea Blue34

Laptop Designs - E.square Red Brick35

Velvet Idole cases36
Velvet Idole’s “Pinguins” Print. Computercase in white calf leather. Lining in black cotton. Price: 75€ [via Cool Hunting37]

Laptop Designs - Screenshot38

Laptop Designs - Screenshot39

Thorn Berry’s Laptop Sleeve40
A hand-made laptop sleeve with a layer of wadding between the outer fabric and the lining. And with the designer’s name on it. Gorgeous!

Laptop Designs - Sleeve41

Terry Laptop Case42
A juicy laptop case for geeky girls out there. Price: $125.

Laptop Designs - Terry Laptop Case43

Vinyl Laptop Sleeve44
Aren’t they sweet? And yeah, this is a laptop sleeve.

Laptop Designs - Vinyl Laptop Sleeve45

Pinguins Leather MacBook Sleeve46
Folds around the laptop. Unfolded it functions as workspace with an integrated mousepad.

Laptop Designs - Screenshot47

Seejanework Cases48
Looks like a CD-storage, but it is a pretty cozy laptop sleeve.

Laptop Designs - Vinyl49

Giles Miller’s corrugated cardboard laptop case50
Sturdy, stylish, and sustainable. This cardboard is 100% recycled. You can also personalize it with custom designs such as one’s initials (or an apple logo — as shown here).

Laptop Designs - Vinyl51

Laptop Designs - Vinyl52

Eoin McNally’s Packaging Case53
The idea is people should recycle the cardboard that their laptops arrive in by reshaping them it into a protective carrying sleeve. The cardboard casing your computer ships in is treated with natural wax to protect it from spills and as an alternative to the usual polystyrene foam peanuts. We’re not sure we would actually use the handle to carry the laptop in one of these things.

Laptop Designs - Eoin McNally's Packaging Case54

Laptopwallet is designed to hold the laptop really snug. The slim design keeps a laptop safe and enables you to carry it, either using the wrist-strap, in your hands or in a bag without being bulky. Currently sold out. [via Thisnext56]

Laptop Designs - Screenshot57

Laptop Decoration: Sweeties and Cuties Link

Sometimes simple decoration isn’t enough. In fact, you can not just put a skin on your laptop or engrave it, or even use some fancy sleeve to give it a new outfit. No, you can go far further, use spray paints, decals and feather boas. You can also simply get some sweet accessoires for your old friend as well.

Monster Laptop Sleeve58
“Handmade and available in four different colors, the case reminds us of a fanged cousin of cookie monster. Plus, it looks more like something that would hold a Fisher-Price computer, as opposed to a Sony or Apple — keeping would-be thieves guessing.” Price: $65. [via Uncrate59]

Laptop Designs - Monster Laptop Sleeve60

Pink Hello Kitty Laptop61
“How to make a PHKL (watch out the pronunciation!) — ‘Pink Hello Kitty Laptop’. This is a project for two people, you and a friend, with notable guest appearances by your meddling boyfriend. Boyfriend is optional. “

Laptop Designs - FJ!!'s Hierarchy: Pink Hello Kitty Laptop62

*Craser’s laptop cover63
“It’s a simple furry cover, first time I sew something that big. spend the whole afternoon hand sewn and it fits perfectly!”

Laptop Designs - laptop cover by *craser on deviantART64

Hard Drive65
Karim Rashid’s portable hard drive. Currently unavailable.

Laptop Designs - Hard Drive : Design Milk66

Getting ready for OSX Leopard67
Leopard patterned (furry) plush. If you have an external hard drive lying around, such a plush will cost you around $10.

Laptop Designs - Chaosprojects » Getting ready for OSX Leopard68

Macbook Sleeve69
Fabric patterns, hand-made.

Laptop Designs - Macbook Sleeve70

Laptop Cozy71
A new home for the beloved one.

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Laptop Cozy73
Well, now it feels cozy.

Laptop Designs - Laptop Cozy74

Laptop In Fabric75
Soft and nice.

Laptop Designs - Laptop Cozy76

Laptop Designs - Laptop Cozy77

MacBook laptop sleeve78
“I sewed my new Macbook a laptop sleeve! No pattern, just a zippered pouch. Starting fabric size 14.5″ by 10.5″. Fabrics are Denyse Schmidt quilting cotton, pink silk Dupioni for the lining, unknown cotton blend for the pocket, and wool felt (2 layers on each side) for the padding.”

Laptop Designs - mostly-complete laptop sleeve79

Stickers Link

Stickers are always extremely subjective and that’s why also very personal. If you’d like your laptop to reflect the unique personality of its owner, stickers might probably be the easiest way to go and therefore a first option to consider. Besides, often they are simply cool and it’s a lot of fun to observe strangers reading them. You’ll find many more stickers in the Laptop Stickers Flickr Pool80.

Jedibook w/ Technorati sticker81
Unfortunately, Smashing magazine isn’t sticked here.

Laptop Designs - Jedibook w/ Technorati sticker82

Powerbook stickers83
In most cases stickers are pretty unusual; however, often personal music preferences are combined with the stickers of web-services the laptop owner uses.

Laptop Designs - Jedibook w/ Technorati sticker84

Laptop stickers85
Interesting idea: Bruce Sterlings puts his flight tickets on the top of his laptop.

Laptop Designs - Jedibook w/ Technorati sticker86

The first sticker on my new mac87
Well, that’s a good start.

Laptop Designs - The first sticker on my new mac88

Often stickers are messages the owners send to everybody who will have the luck (or misfortune) to meet the owner of the laptop.

Laptop Designs - Jedibook w/ Technorati sticker90

Stickered iBook91
Christopher Phin is a car fan.

Laptop Designs - Jedibook w/ Technorati sticker92

Tantek Çelik’s stickers93
Tantek Çelik is XFN-friendly and enjoys playing games.

Laptop Designs - Jedibook w/ Technorati sticker94

Stickered iBook95
Caution: robots! Cute!

Laptop Designs - Jedibook w/ Technorati sticker96

Notebook V1.197
Karin Lizana is a code poet, uses Ubuntu and loves Berlin.

Laptop Designs - Jedibook w/ Technorati sticker98

Patrick Crowley’s stickers99
Oh-oh. We have a tough guy here.

Laptop Designs - Patrick Crowley's stickers100

Experimental ideas (Don’t try this at home!) Link

Datamancer’s Steampunk Victorian Laptop101
This may look like a Victorian music box, but inside this intricately hand-crafted wooden case lives a Hewlett-Packard ZT1000 laptop that runs both Windows XP and Ubuntu Linux. It features an elaborate display of clockworks under glass, engraved brass accents, claw feet, an antiqued copper keyboard and mouse, leather wrist pads, and customized wireless network card. The machine turns on with an antique clock-winding key by way of a custom-built ratcheting switch made from old clock parts. Video is included.

Laptop Designs - Steampunk Monitor For Chic Geeks - Born Rich102

Dave Veloz’s Steampunk Monitor & Keyboard Remake103
This is a wedding gift. The intersection of technology and romance is possible. Dave Veloz created this beauty for his soon to be wife in time for their recent wedding. [via Cool Hunting104]

Laptop Designs - Screenshot105

SattaMac – 1991 PowerBook 100106
No, this Powebook doesn’t work any longer. But it looks pretty fancy. Painted Apple machinery.

Laptop Designs - SattaMac - 1991 PowerBook 100107

Xbox 360 Laptops108
These posts also include a video of laptops in use.

Laptop Designs - TechEBlog » (Video) Xbox 360 Laptop MKII109

Laptop Designs - TechEBlog » PICTURE: Amazing Xbox 360 Elite Laptop110

Steampunk Monitor For Chic Geeks111
Steampunk one more time.

Laptop Designs - Steampunk Monitor For Chic Geeks - Born Rich112

Atari 800 XE Laptop113
Designed by Ben Heck.

Laptop Designs - TechEBlog » Ben Heck Updates Atari 800 XE Laptop114

Duke Nukem Laptop115
This one is kind of freaky, but pretty unusual. It used to be a NEC.

Laptop Designs - Duke Nukem Laptop116

Last Click Link

Cassette Tape Tote Bag117
OK, this one is not for laptops. But it looks pretty amazing.

Laptop Designs - Screenshot118

Digg Case Mod119
For Digg lovers.

Laptop Designs - Digg Modding120

Chocolate Laptop121
Mmmm, tasty. Ok, it’s time for a coffee break.

Laptop Designs - Chocolate Laptop122

What’s in there for your laptop? Link

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    so creative, wonderful, like it!

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    What a mess, not a single one improves on anything. Whoever painted that clown I would pay to stay away from my laptop!

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    Why are there so many MacBooks in these photos? Even Lenovo (yeah, I’ve never heard of them either) sells more mobile computers than Apple.

  4. 4

    Very nice! People become very creative. However, I like my laptop the way it is now. Smooth and shiny!

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    why are you arguing on what computers are up there, are you jealous ?

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    Some funky and some no-so funky ones :)
    Eric Atkins (no.3) , Lenovo is the Chinese company that bought the Workstation division of IBM.

    IBM desktops/laptops/notepads = Lenovo

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    heh, these are pretty dang ingenious if you ask me. If I had a laptop (and the guts) I’d funk it up with some stickers and fancy paint … though I don’t think I’d go so far as making all Victorian style … as cool as that looks.

  8. 8

    My stickers tell the truth about my MacBook Pro (and about me): The most prominent one is “Parental Advisory: Explicit Content.” Another is for a local taco shop where I hang out all the time. One for my favorite record label, and one for a local radio station where I have guest DJ’ed. The stickers (or what have you) serve in the same way that posters do to college students moving into a dorm: individualization and making it one’s own.

    To address Eric (#3): Smashing is a designer-focused site, and designers still by and large prefer Macs. To Zarathustra (#2): There’s no reason that all the millions of MacBook Pros should have that same sleek polished aluminum exterior, or other laptops the same black plastic. Isn’t that antithetical to the idea of design?

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    Alrighty, then. I’ve been toying with the idea of giving my old Dell a new look, and this great article just spurred me into action. Really love the steampunk look, but a little beyond my patience level. So, I am thinking a nice deep blue, maybe some metal flake, then cover it with some high gloss?

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    I think it shows a really big problem for Mac-users. They believe they are very “individual” and “special” because they bought a Mac but (ironically enough) unlike PC laptops every Mac laptop has the same design. Can you imagine how much this hurts?
    Well, and that’s the reason why there’s such a huge need for Mac covers and sleeves.

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    Wow, coool.
    The grave ones are the best ;-)

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    What does it matter whether you use pc or mac? It has nothing to do with this post, or anyone else. If you enjoy your own machine then why care what anyone else thinks.

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    Its a shame none of these covers will fit on my alienware. Its a bit embarrassing to sit round a board room table and get out the most ugliest laptop of them all!

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    :B buena idea para negocios.

    nice idea for bussiness

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    Fun! Some people have way more time on their hands than I ever do!

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    Lenovo used to be IBM. Big Blue sold their PC division to the Chinese company back in 2005.

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    still surprised that there hasn’t been nething super cleverly done w/ the apple on the macbooks. oh and @ Eric (#3), perhaps more people care about their macbooks than their lenovos?

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    Perhaps it’s just me, but I’m not a fan of the laptop skins – I prefer the original ‘design’ myself. I like some of the designs as they stand, but I’ve never been keen on the idea of customising kit, whether it be laptops, PCs or games consoles.

    I do, however like the engravings – I think they’re a little more subtle.

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    I think i want an “Pink Hello Kitty Laptop” lol

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    Really amazing, I got so inspired!

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    I must say…some are really ugly..but few apple ones are really awesome

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    Awesome collection…

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    Lots of gimmicks in this post. How about something beautiful AND functional like these laptop covers from toffee?

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    I need … to get a macbook … for the sole purpose of putting wicked stickers on it!

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    Very good stickers¡¡

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    greattttttttttttt. wonderfulllllll. thanx so much. i hope to find these in iran,

    espacialy “Finnish Black/White Macbook” it is very nice………..

    if i was a child i will choose “Pink Hello Kitty Laptop”;)

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    Man, you guys are great! Thanks a loot for this wonderful post again!

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    Thanks a lot! This is incredible!


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