If you’re going to launch a real product on April 1st, then you may as well make it seems as ridiculous as possible, and that’s just what Brian Holmes did yesterday when he announced The Littlest Black Book for the iPod Nano, the new tiny, nano-sized Moleskine-style case from Brian’s company, Pad&Quill.
I actually mailed Brian yesterday to see if this was for real, and it is. There’s even a Kickstarter page to prove it, which is already almost a quarter of the way to the $4,500 goal.
Pad&Quill became famous for its “bookbindery” iPad cases. Similar in look to the DodoCase, their baltic birch frames are sturdier than the bamboo Dodos, and the case designs have evolved over the years instead of standing still.
The Littlest Black Book for the iPod Nano is pretty much a miniaturized version of the original case, and holds the Nano tight inside. To me, it seems to make the Nano better than it is naked, as you can actually get a grip on the tiny thing and use it one-handed. It is quite ridiculous that, unclothed, the Nano is actually harder to use with one hand than the bigger iPod Touch.
I love this design, and it might make me dig out my Nano once again. To get one of your own, you’ll need to pledge a minimum of $34, with higher pledges getting you increasing amounts of personalization.