Thanks to my mum, I also got a nice new bag – which in analogy to the Powerbags I like to call iBag – for the iBook. As the iBook is much smaller than the Titanium Powerbook, we came up with a completely different design. Where the Powerbags had a nice large flap with a special pocket for some sheets of A4 paper, this couldn’t be done with the iBag because of its smaller size.
Thus we decided to simplify things a lot by not having a flap at all and changing the orientation of the bag so it’s loaded from the short side. After discussing some options for closing the bag, ranging from a zipper which’d be too difficult to get in there and could potentially scratch the iBook, to some buttons which could be retroly cool to velcro, we settled for the latter. Not only to ensure that the bag and its contents include at least one bit of space-age material but to give a simple way to close the bag properly.
There we go – the iBag:
Have you made custom bags for your Powerbook, iBook, iPod or similar toy as well? Then take a photo, put it on Flickr, join the Powerbags group and ad them to the photo pool.
I can’t express whether “adorable” or “awesome” describes my feelings for the PowerBags / iBag better. I suppose I would like an apple (not necessarily matching the Apple logo, more ‘artistic’ / less ‘professional’, I suppose) on the top of them, roughly matching the spot where the backlight Apple logo goes. Would be a nice touch, IMHO.
I’d be tempted to buy one but I’m currently unsure what my next laptop will be — most likely an iBook G4, but in that case, I’ll probably replace it by next year. So I’ll have to wait to decide this.
Out of curiosity and if you don’t mind me asking, have you sold any of them (the PowerBags; I would figure no iBag has been sold yet) so far?
Kudos to your mom for some great pieces of work.
I’m not a big fan of the logo showing but I guess it could be done. In fact, a friend of mine has done exactly that to the bag he got for his iBook. Although the very same friend knows that not having a logo there has the big advantage of security by obscurity. Nobody will guess there’s a computer in that little fabric bag. So nobody will steal it. It actually saved his iBook from being stolen once, when a friend’s computer just next to it in a standard black computer bag was stolen…
So far exactly one Powerbag (see the link I added in the post) has been sold. Generally my mum isn’t too keen on doing that many of them. Although it might be easier to convince her to do it for the iBags as they’re much easier to make.
Although the very same friend knows that not having a logo there has the big advantage of security by obscurity. Nobody will guess there’s a computer in that little fabric bag. So nobody will steal it. It actually saved his iBook from being stolen once, when a friend’s computer just next to it in a standard black computer bag was stolen…
Huh. That is in fact a great point! Didn’t think of it like that.
Generally my mum isn’t too keen on doing that many of them.
I showed the page to my girlfriend and she said “I can see myself making those for you”.
But either way, like I said, I’ll wait until I’m more clear on what kind of laptop I’ll end up with.
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