Laptop Stickers

Ever since the Dedicated Followers of Fashion post about laptop stickers used a photo I’d snapped of Cory Doctorow’s heavily stickered ThinkPad, I’ve been a(n even) keen(er) observer of laptop stickers and their owners. I’ve been avidly photographing them, uploading them to Flickr and tagging them ‘laptopstickers‘. Here are a few examples.

Gavin Bell
Gavin Bell

(Sparse, Apple logo not obscured.)


Matt Biddulph
Matt Biddulph (Dopplr)

(sparse, adopted danger-of-death personal branding placed in the middle of the Apple logo)


Cory Doctorow
Cory and his laptop

(Impressively heavy covering, with much overlapping)


Dan Hon
Dan Hon

(Sparse. Enormous ‘What Would Gordon Freeman Do?’ makes all gamers grin)


Ren Reynolds (no relation)
Ren Reynolds' laptop

(Sparse. As with Dan, you’d know Ren is a game geek pretty easily)


Having bought a MacBook Pro in January, I decided it was finally time to plaster it with stickers. It helps me get past the new-car feeling of having to keep it perfect, and since there are a lot of identical MacBook Pros out there, some personalisation is helpful. I figure that I’ll keep adding them, and if they peel off I’ll just add more. It’s a bit of a release not to be so concerned about the way it looks, though I was ironically obsessive about getting the right stickers before I began.

I’ve been collecting them for some time, but didn’t want to start putting them down on the lid until I had enough to give a good covering. SXSW was a great venue to pick up fun and relevant stickers, and Coté was kind enough to send me some too.

Incidentally, this is the reason I had the Autobots logo etched onto the bottom of the machine rather than the lid; I’d known since I bought the MacBook Pro that the lid was going to be en-stickered, and the laser etching opportunity, while too good to miss, seemed best placed underneath. It gives a chance for surprise and delight, too.

Here’s how it looks from above

Laptop Stickers

And below

My MacBook Pro, with Autobot logo


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  1. I see these have universally chosen to go with up-when-open (other people see stickers the right way up), rather than up-when-closed (so you see then the right way up, but others see them upside down).

    (For what it’s worth, Apple changed their logo from up-closed to up-open with the titanium PowerBook in early 2001. I’m not sure if anyone still does up-closed logos; maybe Thinkpads?)

    Comment by Paul Mison — March 24, 2008 #

  2. Hi Paul. You’re right about ThinkPads, their minimal badging is oriented to be ‘up’ when closed, and upside down when open. At least up until the T61. I have not seen any of the newer ones yet.

    Yep, my stickers are in up-open orientation too. I will be on the lookout for examples of the opposite approach. Actually, Cory’s stickers are interestingly inconsistent. Some are up-open, some are up-closed and some are up-sideways. A wonderfully random creation.

    (I was watching an old episode of West Wing recently, and spotted one of the venerable early PowerBooks. It really stood out because the Apple logo was upside down.)

    Comment by Roo — March 24, 2008 #

  3. Putting the apple logo the new way round was a mistake. I’m forever trying to open the wrong end of mine because of it. Maybe they should take a leaf out of Rolls Royce’s book and introduce one that spins round to always be the right way up.

    Comment by Darren Shaw — March 24, 2008 #

  4. ooo i feel sooo plain!

    *runs to find some more moostickers*


    Comment by cherie — March 24, 2008 #

  5. The big space on mine has now been filled in, I had an old NeXT sticker I was going to reapply see but a PMOG and Fire Eagle sticker got there first. It is looking less sparse and there is even a bit of overlap going on now.

    Comment by Gavin Bell — March 24, 2008 #

  6. I now have way, way more stickers on mine seeing as the photo Roo took was on the first day of SXSW. That said, I accidentally put all of my cute fire eagle stickers upside down…

    Comment by Dan Hon — March 24, 2008 #

  7. Gavin: I like that NeXT sticker very very much. You are (were) planning to carefully peel it off your old machine and apply it to the new one (before filling the space during SXSW)?

    Dan: I should have got another photo of your machine at the very end of SXSW. (And Jemima‘s too; I believe she broke down during that week and gave in to the stickering.) And re upside-down: you muppet. :-) There were enough Fire Eagle t-shirts around that despite not getting one ([sulk]) I think I absorbed the image by osmosis. It’s an instant classic.

    Comment by Roo — March 24, 2008 #

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  9. Not enough MOO, ROO.

    You should see Alice Taylor’s – it’s covered in tiny tiny (like, <5mm) cutesy stickers in a symetrical pattern. It’s like some kind of japanese schoolgirl rash. Best laptop stickering ever.

    Comment by Kim — March 27, 2008 #

  10. I count 4 MOO stickers plus a lovely MOO “Yay!” star. Mind you, Phil Campbell’s laptop has *lots* of MOO stickers on his. (I saw it in Austin recently and recognised it from that photo. Strange moment.)

    I’d love to see Alice’s. Photos must exist, surely?


    I see that The Amazing Justin Hall has a shot of it here, and mentions the design too. I like.

    Comment by Roo — March 27, 2008 #

  11. I LOVE the Autobot engraving. So, how evil are you? I’m not that bold.

    Comment by Jestutripup — April 3, 2008 #

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  13. We repair laptops & customers frequently ask us to remove stickers. Unfortunately, they do not peel off cleanly

    Comment by Brain Woods — April 28, 2008 #

  14. I had guessed that different stickers would peel (or not peel) very differently. To be honest, I am not planning to cleanly remove any stickers. I think as it becomes tatty and worn, I’ll probably just add more. :-)

    Comment by Roo — April 28, 2008 #

  15. I would have guessed that you are better off with the MBP in that regard, if you do need to clean off sticker residue I guess it would be easier to wipe the metal casing of the MBP than something plastic.

    Comment by Andy Piper — April 29, 2008 #

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  17. Very cool stickers :)

    Comment by London Laptops — July 8, 2009 #

  18. My laptop has the decepticon logo =) I got it from —check their site out!

    Comment by Macdougal — August 12, 2009 #

  19. I got a DELL laptop which I bought 3 years ago and it has so many stickers on it, that it actually looks good. 3 years ago the DELL laptops wern’t the nicest things to look at!

    Comment by Laptop Repairs London — January 16, 2010 #

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