The overall growth of MyInkBlog has exceeded any of my early expectations. I am overwhelmed by how robust and helpful the design community is. This is also a really exciting time for me personally, as I’ve accepted a new job as a web developer for Niagara University.
I wanted to use this post to announce some of the upcoming plans for MyInkBlog. Between a contest, some guest posts and a few site changes, things are really quite busy and exciting around here!
My First Contest!
I want to celebrate and thank the 700+ subscribers by running my very first design contest. The whole process is still at it’s early stages. However, I am hoping to get some really great sponsors to offer cool prizes.
More announcements will be forthcoming, but here’s the gist of it. The contest will entail designing a big typography poster using a quote as the starting point. Of course, I’m gonna keep the quote a secret for now (I gotta work up a little anticipation :) ), until we get a little closer to launching the contest. Judging by the design work in MyInkBlog Flickr group, the contest should receive some awesome entries.
Here Are Some Other Links To Get You Thinking
- Typography is Sexy: Part 1
- Typography is Sexy: Part 2
- Sexy, Bold and Experimental Typography
- Awesome Artistic Inspiration from Music Magazine Adverts
- Typography + Design Inspiration from Music Magazine Ads – Part 2
- Breathtaking Typographic Posters
- The Showcase of Big Typography
Hooray for Guest Posts!
I realize I sound a bit like a broken record, but the design community is filled with amazingly helpful and kind people. I’m going to be taking a much needed vacation from September 13th through September 20th. So I asked some of these remarkable people to lend a hand and within moments I had 4 guest post authors. Here’s the lineup thus far:
Adelle’s blog is a constant source of inspiration! She is extremely active in the design community, and has been a huge help to me as I’ve gotten started. I’m really looking forward to seeing what she comes up with!
Liam is one of the most gifted designers in the community. His newest WordPress theme, Papercut is flat-out awesome. Liam’s perspectives are always fresh and unique.
Brian puts together some of the best articles and roundups within the design community. Brian has a great feel for design and will add his brilliant perspective.
Angie is super helpful and responsive. Her blog is still pretty new, but it’s gaining loyal readers daily. Arbent is a great resource for roundups, inspiration and design related news.
Max has burst onto the design community scene with top-notch tutorials, freebies and roundups. He is original, talented and helpful; look out for an awesome post!
I’m always trying to do small things to help the look and functionality of this blog. The main thing I’ve worked on the last couple of days is how the comments are displayed. I’ve alternated row colors to help readability. I’ve also added Gravatars to help identify who the commentors are. I love getting comments, so anything I can do to thank the people who leave them is cool with me.
I have plenty of additional plans, but one of the more immediate things I want to do is to add an “About the Author” blurb at the end of each post. Hopefully this will be a decent thank you for the upcoming guest writers. Also, I’m always looking for other contributions, if you’d like to write a guest post or tutorial, I’d love to hear from you.