My pal Burke has got a nice site with a good selection of tutorial articles. I’m very into the spirit of this site, doing more with less. It’s too easy today to grab a bunch of “modware” off a shelf and install it in a case.
I posted this a while back in a forum:
Modding is the application of artistic ability and craftsmanship to solving technological problems.
Sticking “modware” in your case, that’s not really the same thing. Most of the hardcore guys don’t shop at the places that sell modder stuff, they get supplies form hardware stores, auto parts stores, just about anywhere really.
Good case mods are technical. They involve a technique that maybe you haven’t seen done before (like routing a lip in an acrylic window insert so it sits flush with a panel, or painting the back of an acrylic sheet, or using some product in a way that goes beyond how it was intended).
Good case mods show a sense of design. You can’t just whack together a bunch of products and get a great case, it’s about conceptualizing a theme and executing the theme. Even if the mods are really simple, the theme can make it a distinctive case.
Good case mods show craftsmanship. You can’t just scrawl some crap on your case with a sharpie. You learn (or invent) a technique, and you practice the technique on test pieces, and then ultimately you execute it as part of your finished mod. Anybody who’s tried a paint job knows the second one’s a lot better then the first. You learn and gain skill, and you do work that shows your craftsmanship.
Good case mods solve problems. Why were blowholes so radical when they first appeared? not because they were intensely technical. They solved a cooling problem in an elegant way. Lots of problems remain. I read zillions of forum posts from peeps bitching about how they don’t like the functionality of their rig in some way. Those are opportunities.
See the world the way a real modder sees it. Put your stamp on the things you mod. Every store is a mod store, and every project is a mod project.
What I like about Ramsinks mod articles is that Burke carries on this spirit of modding in each and every article–do more with what you’ve got. Go check it out and see what you think.