For anyone out there trying to decide wether or not to start a design blog, here is a perfect example of some of the good things that can come your way. BittBox was recently chosen to be featured as a resource in Computer Arts Magazine Issue #135. The people at Computer Arts thought that my Illustrator Brushes for making swooshes, swirls, and curls, were neat and wanted to share them with their readers. I was contacted via email and happily agreed.
Granted, there is no article about BittBox in this magazine, but you have to start somewhere, right? Computer Arts includes a CD with each issue that contains tutorials and resources for techniques described in the magazine. (oh yeah, and a link to your site too!) My brushes were a part of the “resources” for issue 135. I take this as a huge compliment given the fact that BittBox is less than 5 months old.
If you go here, you will see the list of features and resources for the magazine issue. BittBox is listed at the bottom.
I hope this inspires at least one or two of you out there to start a design blog. I did nothing out of the ordinary. I was simply blogging like I always do and got a random email one day. Getting published in a magazine not only makes you feel great, it's another awesome way to share your designs and get your information to other designers across the globe.
I can now move my goals up a notch and see how long it takes to really land an article in ANY design magazine. Before I was contacted by Computer Arts, I really didn't even think of getting into publications as a goal. Now I have a different perspective and I have even been buying similar magazines like Advanced Photoshop in order to discover new artists, and stay on top of my skills/trends in the design world. I highly recommend picking up a magazine like this every once in a while. You will find tons of inspiration.