They say that long, blue hair and a fit body will take you places in this industry (do they? -Ed)
. For 23-year old Bill Ryder, that formula has certainly generated quite a bit of attention, culminating this month with a double-page spread and cover photograph in Computer Power User magazine. Not bad considering this is his first major case mod.
We first noticed Bill's work at over the August Bank Holiday weekend when we covered the i25 Festival of Games
. We were so impressed with the quality and finish of the case that we immediately invited him to work with us on an article for bit-tech. Writing in his spare time, the end result was September's Project KOS-MOS worklog
which proved equally popular with PS2 fans and the modding community alike.
"When I was first approached by the guys at bit-tech to write an article for them on KOS-MOS I almost fell off my seat," he told us. "I couldnt believe it - my work was gonna be on bit-tech! I'd been reading bit-tech for ages and seeing my work on their front page was one hell of an accomplishment. I even have a print screen of it on my wall."
Of course, we feature mods on bit-tech
on a regular basis, but very few transcend the barrier between online and print. Orac³
famously did it, appearing in dozens of publications around the world. More recently, Creative commissioned our team to create three stand-out case mods for the marketing material for their new X-Fi soundcard, the first of which was Dave Williams' Music Creation Mod
Naturally, when a publication the size of CPU magazine comes along and request permission to feature your case, you don't say no. "I thought it was pretty cool when i had a few people wanting to buy her off me but i never thought the day would come where a magazine would give her Mod of the Month and a front cover," says Ryder, modestly. "I'm suprised my style of design would turn so many heads."
Scoring a cover and a double-page spread in one of the US' biggest computer magazines, he's sure to turn even more heads. The issue is out now - head over to www.computerpoweruser.com
for all the details. If you live outside North America, you can find a preview of the feature on the CPU website