I explored a lot of different alternatives and ideas, trying to not leave any stone unturned. After a while I decided to keep the final design rather simple - I was gong to build it, and I didn't have that much time or money to make it happen. I still wanted to do someting different than an ordinary metal box though, so I challenged myself a bit by deciding that the outer shell should be made in wood.
Since my design was still rather open I decided to set the final dimensions in SolidWorks. The primary goal was to make it as small as possible, with the micro-ATX standard in mind. I made some qiuck mock-up-models of the components I wanted to use and moved them arond until I felt satisfied. As you might see, the final version is not the smallest one possible, I had to make some compromises in order to keep the shape god looking too.
Making the model I was lucky to have some friendly colleauges at Prototal in Jönköping who helped me with the stuff that required heavier machinery than my own two hands.
Slimline Blu-Ray player, USB 3.0, audio input/output, power button and card reader.