What's On Your Laptop Lid?

What we tell the world about ourselves when we open our laptops.

April 9, 2019

The laptop of Dr. Prudence Merton,  Associate Director for Faculty Programs and Assessment, Dartmouth Center for the Advancement of Learning (DCAL) and Lecturer in the Dartmouth Institute for Writing and Rhetoric (IWR).  Shown with permission of the owner.

Do you have colleagues who have embellished their laptops in particularly striking or memorable ways?

How do laptop lids differ between faculty, staff, and students?

Are professors more likely to express political beliefs in how they decorate their laptops than staff - or less?

Would a cultural anthropologist, or maybe a sociologist, be able to say something meaningful about the culture of your campus by looking at the open laptops?  What might they say about your campus?

How have laptop decorations changed over the years?  Has the spread of smartphones changed how we customize our laptops?

Is there a wealth aspect to laptop design, with the students of some institutions relying on computer labs for their computing (and hence not having laptops to personalize)?

Is there any prohibition at your school from customizing university-owned laptops?

It does not look like DISQUS allows pictures in comments.  That is too bad. I’ll tell you what.  If enough people tweet or e-mail me pictures of their laptop lids - or of particular lids of colleagues or students - I’ll create a new post where I share our community’s lids.

What's on your laptop lid?


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