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BeyondtheTech
Dec 7, 2010, 01:16 PM
Just wanted to start a thread here to say I came up with an exciting skin for my precious 11.6" MacBook Air. Even though I lucked out with the 50% discount at ZAGG on their Cyber Monday sale to pick up a plain invisibleSHIELD, I returned it unused when I came up with this concept.

I'll be posting the usable skin images on ZAGG's Custom Skin Designer page as soon as I receive the final ZAGGskin product from them (hopefully before this weekend), apply it on my Air, and take some shots with it.

My last skinmod (http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=949047) with a Leica camera skin on my iPhone 4 was well-received enough to be picked up by Gizmodo on their blog post (http://gizmodo.com/5612860/heres-a-way-to-really-make-your-iphone-4-look-like-a-leica-camera).

In the meantime, this is a Photoshop mockup of what it will look like. Let me know what you think!



LS1
Dec 7, 2010, 02:32 PM
That's pretty good. The problem with all these gimmicky products for the Air is that they are funny for like 5 minutes, then you realize they just look crappy and take away from how beautiful the air is. Like the envelope sleeves.....

BeyondtheTech
Dec 7, 2010, 03:00 PM
That's pretty good. The problem with all these gimmicky products for the Air is that they are funny for like 5 minutes, then you realize they just look crappy and take away from how beautiful the air is. Like the envelope sleeves.....

I can relate. After a few years of being an proud Apple owner, I'm no longer "showing off" my Apple products as I admittedly used to. Everyone already knows how beautiful and functional the Air is, I just need to protect it and get work done on it.

Since the ZAGGskin is only $5 more than the invisibleSHIELD, I decided I wanted to make a nice skin that won't be "gimmicky" or fade out over time. Since it IS a notebook, I decided, 'why not make it look like one?' ;)

molala
Dec 7, 2010, 03:41 PM
I think it looks cool. Hopefully the sticker goes all the way to the edges, then it will look like a real (paper) notebook. Please post a photo when you get it.

foiden
Dec 7, 2010, 03:54 PM
I always love these kinds of skins. Even better if they actually afford some protection. In a way, they often serve two purposes.

1. They protect the unit.
2. They make it not so obvious, in public, you're even carrying a laptop.

Even the current sleeve, I'm using, makes it seem like I'm just carrying some papers and not a 13" Ultimate MBA. You'd have to actually grab the thing and observe it, to notice "whoah there's a laptop in there!" Thank goodness for both letter and Legal format papers. They pretty much are sized like the 11" and the 13" respectively.

Over Achiever
Dec 7, 2010, 05:14 PM
I think that's a wonderful idea. Please post pictures when you get the chance!

jksu
Dec 7, 2010, 11:03 PM
Just wanted to start a thread here to say I came up with an exciting skin for my precious 11.6" MacBook Air. Even though I lucked out with the 50% discount at ZAGG on their Cyber Monday sale to pick up a plain invisibleSHIELD, I returned it unused when I came up with this concept.

I'll be posting the usable skin images on ZAGG's Custom Skin Designer page as soon as I receive the final ZAGGskin product from them (hopefully before this weekend), apply it on my Air, and take some shots with it.

My last skinmod (http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=949047) with a Leica camera skin on my iPhone 4 was well-received enough to be picked up by Gizmodo on their blog post (http://gizmodo.com/5612860/heres-a-way-to-really-make-your-iphone-4-look-like-a-leica-camera).

In the meantime, this is a Photoshop mockup of what it will look like. Let me know what you think!

awesome! love the leica camera iphone skin too. super creative.

andrewsd
Dec 8, 2010, 05:49 AM
Kinda gimmicky but it does look neat. Plus that would only work with the 11.6" air as I am sure you know. I mean you could do it to any laptop I guess but it would look out of place on a larger one. You may even stump a few people with it!

truncj
Dec 8, 2010, 10:00 PM
Really like the idea. I got a bit sad when I realized my 13" MBA might look a bit oversized with a similar skin. I completely agree with the idea that skin should be kind of "classy" in a way...not so blatant that it gets annoying/boring but rather something that makes it yours. I remember seeing you M8 case on gizmodo too. Keep up the good work!

Pete A
Dec 8, 2010, 10:14 PM
Even the current sleeve, I'm using, makes it seem like I'm just carrying some papers and not a 13" Ultimate MBA.

What sleeve is that? Would you please link or post photos? Thanks.

deedas
Dec 8, 2010, 10:15 PM
Snaps, that's pretty neat. But I'd get tire of it after like a month. Cool though.

teski
Dec 8, 2010, 10:21 PM
Nice design! I like it!

BeyondtheTech
Dec 17, 2010, 06:16 PM
My custom ZAGGskin arrived today!

Here's the result: http://www.flickr.com/photos/beyondthetech/sets/72157625494568371/

Pete A
Dec 17, 2010, 06:25 PM
My custom ZAGGskin arrived today!

Here's the result:

You covered the trackpad too? Doesn't that impair its functioning?

Over Achiever
Dec 17, 2010, 06:33 PM
My custom ZAGGskin arrived today!

Here's the result: http://www.flickr.com/photos/beyondthetech/sets/72157625494568371/

Does it cover the top part of the screen as well?

Btrthnezr3
Dec 17, 2010, 06:43 PM
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I absolutely, without a doubt LOVE IT! Great idea and good job!

Darth.Titan
Dec 17, 2010, 07:48 PM
You covered the trackpad too? Doesn't that impair its functioning?

Having owned a full-body Invisible Shield, I can tell you that the trackpad works fine covered... mostly.

Unfortunately the IS material is pretty sticky and caused difficulty with swiping gestures. So the trackpad cover was pulled of pretty quickly.

BeyondtheTech
Dec 17, 2010, 11:12 PM
A couple of notes:

1. There's no skin to go around the LCD. Why they didn't include that is beyond me. Hopefully they'll come up with a revised layout and I'll buy that particular layer.

2. It's a dry install. I actually didn't read the description on ZAGG's site, and thought it would require a wet application like the invisibleSHIELD. Thankfully, it's not. It adhere's pretty well for something that didn't feel like when I pulled the individual skins from its printed sheet.

3. It does NOT go to the edges. A slight disappointment, but it does cover where the exposure is most susceptible to scratches and marring. No protection of this type is going to prevent it from getting banged or dented, so I'm okay with this. I would have appreciated it more if there were skins for the tapered sides.

4. It has a soft sticky feel to it, but I can still do swiping and dragging, though a tad more pronounced. This only ensures me that my MacBook Air is doing what I really want done, so again, I'm fine with it.

I contacted ZAGG if they could help me sell this skin as a potential artist, as it took some time to create it from scratch. Haven't gotten an answer from them yet.

BAH! I just realized I messed up a little bit on the details on the front cover. It's supposed to be "29.95 cm x 19.2 cm." I'll have to fix that in the PSD file. Also, I can put handwriting in red to personalize it even more, like how I Photoshopped it in my profile photo here: http://about.me/raphaelsalgado


Using Mage Software's Display Rotation Menu software, I'm able to turn the Air's display to Portrait Flipped and actually hold the Air on its side like a notebook. Unfortunately, the trackpad doesn't rotate with the display, so trying to control it was awkward at best. But, for Zinio or reading eBooks, that could be interesting...

http://www.magesw.com/displayrotation/

BeyondtheTech
Dec 19, 2010, 08:44 PM
Yay, this thread has hit the front page of Gizmodo!

http://gizmodo.com/5715037/heres-way-to-make-that-new-macbook-air-look-like-a-composition-notebook

I gotta keep this up. What else can I skin? :) I could do the same for the iPad...

I'm uploading the PNG files to the Flickr. Go to ZAGG (http://tinyurl.com/btt4zagg1) and use the Custom ZAGGskin Designer and put it together!

GoCubsGo
Dec 19, 2010, 08:52 PM
It's very cute. Not sure how the iPad would look but I'd be interested in seeing it.

teski
Dec 19, 2010, 10:05 PM
Yay, this thread has hit the front page of Gizmodo!

http://gizmodo.com/5715037/heres-way-to-make-that-new-macbook-air-look-like-a-composition-notebook

I gotta keep this up. What else can I skin? :) I could do the same for the iPad...

I'm uploading the PNG files to the Flickr. Go to ZAGG (http://tinyurl.com/btt4zagg1) and use the Custom ZAGGskin Designer and put it together!

Saw that today and thought of your thread. Very cool!

BeyondtheTech
Dec 19, 2010, 11:04 PM
Ok, I made a "skinmod" page on my website with all the links and the downloads... have at it!

http://beyondthetech.com/My_Skinmods.html

Thanks for everyone's kind words, emails, and affiliate click-thrus, and even donations. They really mean a lot to me.

peapody
Dec 19, 2010, 11:41 PM
Awesome work. This would be great for the right person!

barmann
Dec 20, 2010, 07:51 AM
Thanks a lot for the file download links on the website; to be frank, I think your skins look hideous, though . ;)

glitch44
Dec 20, 2010, 09:27 AM
Thanks a lot for the file download links on the website; to be frank, I think your skins look hideous, though . ;)

What the hell? He did something nice by putting his skins up for free. What's the point of insulting him? Just move on to another thread if you don't like them.

molala
Dec 20, 2010, 11:33 AM
great result! I like how you wrote your name in red script on the notebook.

Narkotiq
Dec 20, 2010, 11:39 AM
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Its not too my taste but I cannot help but admire the OP's way of thinking, I really hope you do well with this and any other skins you create in the future. Well done.

Xeperu
Dec 20, 2010, 11:47 AM
Nice mod, too bad the red line is on the wrong side of the "paper".

BeyondtheTech
Dec 20, 2010, 12:12 PM
Nice mod, too bad the red line is on the wrong side of the "paper".

Actually, there are two red lines. The darker red line is at the top of the keyboard towards the "spine" of the notebook. The faded red line at the edge of the page is the assumed "right margin" or the left margin of the next page that "bled through" (see below).

I've had enough composition notebooks in my life (plus the one I was designing from) to give me really awkward flashbacks as I was designing it.

Xeperu
Dec 20, 2010, 12:31 PM
Actually, there are two red lines. The darker red line is at the top of the keyboard towards the "spine" of the notebook. The faded red line at the edge of the page is the assumed "right margin" or the left margin of the next page that "bled through" (see below).

I've had enough composition notebooks in my life (plus the one I was designing from) to give me really awkward flashbacks as I was designing it.

Rebuttal accepted!

Wang Foolio
Dec 21, 2010, 11:02 AM
Featured on Wired.com:
http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2010/12/custom-skin-turns-macbook-air-into-paper-notebook/

If you're trying to sell them, this could be a mixed blessing. You got some attention but they are telling people to contact custom skin companies (ZAGG) to get their own. I don't know if you have anything arranged with them yet.

Good luck with selling them, it's cool to see the mod featured on numerous tech sites :D

mellofello
Feb 3, 2011, 06:04 PM
I want to order one of these! I see that a few companies have taken your design for the top lid. Does any one know of a company selling the upper/lower skin?

If not what is the process of custom ordering from Zagg?

sportster
Feb 3, 2011, 08:00 PM
Very cool, nice job!

Big D 51
Feb 3, 2011, 09:18 PM
Good idea. I like it. Pretty neat to see how fast the popularity grew.

My personal taste is I hate covers because I feel it takes away from sexy silver :apple: :D . If I did purchase one, this definitely would be a top contender.

Good luck.

hcho3
Feb 4, 2011, 09:29 AM
Does anyone know if these zagg skins can be reusable?
I am kind of interested in ordering this for my MBA.

BobbyCarbn
Feb 4, 2011, 09:59 AM
OP: Looks awesome! Great job and thank you for sharing it with the community at large! Keep trucking along, maybe you have found a niche market to cater to! :D

BC

Jman14
Feb 4, 2011, 10:44 AM
That's pretty good. The problem with all these gimmicky products for the Air is that they are funny for like 5 minutes, then you realize they just look crappy and take away from how beautiful the air is. Like the envelope sleeves.....

That exactly how I am. Even with iPhone cases. They just take away from the beauty!

Over Achiever
Apr 25, 2011, 05:04 PM
BeyondtheTech,

Just wanted to point out I saw this on decalgirl as a featured skin at the bottom.
http://www.decalgirl.com/item.view/60449
Are you aware of this?

Regards,
OA

IngerMan
Apr 25, 2011, 05:20 PM
Awesome Job OP, very creative:D

tyler1
May 30, 2011, 05:28 AM
Very nice! It is just looking as a personal diary. I think most of the people will get confused at first look. you can also have look on lots of notebook skins (http://www.notebookcomputerskins.com) from where you select the perfect skin for your MacBook Air.

still in school
May 30, 2011, 07:41 AM
freaking awesome! I'll have to order one when a refreshed MBA comes out!