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The Art of Magic Word Party Game

The Art of Magic Word Party Game

The Art of Magic Word Party Game

iPhone App

Magic Word Party Game is a social iPhone game you play with friends and family.

What is Magic Word Party Game?

  • A party game you play with Friends and Family.
  • A trivia game you play by yourself.
  • Must have “word” and “party” in the title.

Iterative Design Process

  • Focus on User Centered Design – Anyone can play!
  • Early Designs
  • Sketch > Mockup > Final
  • Color Research
  • Fonts – Hiero Font Editor (bitmap fonts)
  • Fonts – Standard iPhone fonts for most

Rapid Prototype Development

  • Using Flash for proof of concept, quick animation demos, and flow.
  • PhoneGap for early working demos.
  • Decided not to use it due to performance issues we could not overcome at the time.
  • Cocos2D for final development.

Refined Design and Polish

  • Use Apple template for standard sizes and placement to stay familiar with apps and lingo.
  • 32-bit PNG files – no sprite animations.
  • Animations are coded.
  • Learning to develop for the iPhone over time.
  • Exporting final assets.
  • Sharing folders.

Organic Main Menu

  • Main Menu changes depending if the app is free (supported by AdMob), logged into Facebook, Friends, or Resuming a Game.

Key Features

  • Connect to Facebook – Story Feeds
  • Post to Twitter
  • Email-a-Friend
  • Single Player Trivia
  • Multiplayer Party Game
  • Customize Game Length & Win Conditions
  • Multiple Game Types

Download the entire Magic Word Party Game Design – PDF Document

Facebook – Search for Magic Word Party Game
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Relic Rescue Social Facebook Game

Relic Rescue Social Facebook Game

Relic Rescue Social Game

Art Direction, Interface Design, 3D Design

The following images are screenshots from the Facebook game Relic Rescue. I was an original team member and Art Director. I had to hire and train a team of senior AAA artists to learn the processes of building game specifically for the casual market. I was also in charge of creating the Relic Rescue brand – logo design, styleguides, art outsource management of the artifacts and animal obstacles, central marketing support (Facebook Ads), community art support and creation of many original assets for the game including 3D design of the buildings. After launch, the game required extensive feature updates based on weekly metrics reviews and customer feedback. We used agile development to quickly change direction and maintain momentum to keep up with the fans playing the game entice them to make micro transactions.

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CONCEPT ART OF: Warcraft

From the author of the original post:

Welcome to our periodic spotlight feature where we take a look at the concept art and design of a game or film. The intent here is to get the creative juices flowing, remind people what’s out there and what’s being done, and to not lose sight of the quality of professional work. We can also discuss what works and maybe what doesn’t, what you dig, or what you DON’T dig.

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Game: Warcraft / World of Warcraft [link]
Release Date: 1994/2004
Company: Blizzard Entertainment [link]
Lead Concept Artists: Sons of the storm [link]

You KNEW it was coming! It is impossible, you might even say disrespectful, to study the art of concept design and not acknowledge the art of Blizzard Entertainment! Ignoring the titan in the room with the six-meter sword at our tea party would be.. dangerous.

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60 Apple Inspired Websites – Why Apple Design Works?

Apple Inspired Website DesignsApple has always been showing what beautiful design means in all their designs, products, icons, websites. But what really make Apple design stand out from the crowd? Why it receives so big attention, so many awards, what’s so special in it?

I wanted to find it out so that’s why I created this Apple type inspirational post showcasing all the best Apple inspired website designs and in the meantime I also analyzed Apple website as well trying to drop down important points and explain why their design and approach works. It was very interesting study for myself and also I got reason to put all this stuff in easy to read and transparent way.

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Realism in UI Design

The history of the visual design of user interfaces can be described as a gradual change towards more realism. As computers have become faster, designers have added increasingly realistic details such as color, 3D effects, shadows, translucency, and even simple physics. Some of these changes have helped usability. Shadows behind windows help us see which window is active. The physicality of the iPhone’s user interface makes the device more natural to use…. continue reading article…

http://ignorethecode.net/blog/2010/01/21/realism_in_ui_design/

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COLOR TRENDS AND FORECASTING 2010

Spring / Summer 2010

COLOR TRENDS AND FORECASTING

Overview

The connection between old and new, east and west, and a sense of community..the glamour of the 70′s mixed with Moroccan colors and exotic jewels from India; ethnic mixtures of patterns and textures from Japan and China; reflecting the diversity of the world..

Feathers play a large part in many cultures. The wide variety of natural and dyed feathers add a lot of color and texture making them perfect embellishments.

Feathers are seen all over the runways for Spring/Summer 2010 in multiple types of applications, from accessories like head gear and jewelry to skirts and tops.

Key Colors

Acidic Greens
Earthy Hues
Frosted Pastels
Indigo
Jewel Tones
Neutrals
Shades of Grey
Sky Tones of Blue
Sunny Yellows
Taupe, Beige and Mauve
Turquoise
Violets

Moods and Inspirations

Cultures from around the world – primary Africa, China, Japan, and Latin America
Vintage, Romantic and Soft

Embellishments and Trimmings

Beaded Light Cottons
Brushed, Tarnished or Matte finished metals
Feather Circled Motifs – such as Feather Medallions
Feather Fringes
Fringe used at hemlines, necklines and sleeves
Graffiti on Denim
Leather w/Metallic Finishes
Metallic Embroidery
Paisleys and Ethnic Designs Blended with Bright Color

Key Themes and Trends

Birds and Floral Embellishments
Emphasizes on the Wrist
Floral Prints
Folk Craft
Haute Hippie
Large 70.s patterns
Silk Tulle and Feathers
Thick Belts and Wraps
Vintage Silk Scarves and Purses
Wood and Plastic Accessories

Interiors
Ancient Africa Inspires Rich Color
Black, White and Grey as Timeless Centerpieces
Importance of Neutrals
Influence of Japanese Culture
Need to Preserve and Reserve
Understated Meets Sophisticated

Feather Wreaths, Trees, Flowers and Stems provide consumers with eco friendly decorative by-products that are sustainable.

Many Feather Products are available in neutral tones for home decor, including Pheasant, Peacock and Rooster Feathers, which have also been made into feather pads and medallions for all your decor needs.


Spring / Summer 2010

BLUE BROWN
Pantone: 15-4825 TCX 16-4134 TCX 19-4037 TCX 17-1230 TCX 19-1333 TCX 18-1031 TCX
Blue Curacao Bonnie Blue Bright Cobalt Mocha Mousse Sequoia Toffie
ZFP Color: LT – Lt Tuquoise RL – Royal R/N – Nat Red BN – Brown
GREEN NEUTRAL
Pantone: 16-0110 TCX 14-6329 TCX 17-0230 TCX 13-0000 TCX 12-0813 TCX 14-1012 TCX
Desert Sage Absinthe Green Forrest Green Moon Beam Autumn Blonde Champagne Beige
ZFP Color: CD – Celedon FLG – Flour. Lime Green EG – Eggshell BE – Beige
ORANGE PINK
Pantone: 14-1219 TCX 16-1543 TCX 15-1247 TCX 11-1408 TCX 15-2214 TCX 16-2111 TCX
Peach Parfait Fusion Coral Tangerine Rose Water Rose Bloom Mauve Orchid
ZFP Color: SH – Shrimp O – Orange CP – Candy Pink DRE – Dusty Rose
PURPLE RED
Pantone: 15-3620 TCX 19-3536 TCX 19-3847 TCX 18-1664 TCX 18-1661 TCX 18-2027 TCX
Lavendula Amaranth Purple Deep Blue Fiery Red Tomato Puree Beaujolais
ZFP Color: OR – Orchid PU – Purple RE – Regal R – Red BU – Burgundy
YELLOW
Pantone: 12-0752 TCX 14-0848 TCX 15-0955 TCX
Buttercup Mimosa Old Gold
ZFP Color: Y – Yellow AGO – Antique Gold
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Lukas: Uni Watch 2009-10 NHL goalie gear guide

Brodeur Sherwood Pads

Brodeur Sherwood Pads

I’m a goaltender myself and a huge fan of goalie masks and equipment. I found this gem of a post online tonight about what NHL goalies are wearing this year, compared to last year. It’s commented by a rep at Bauer so it’s quite thorough as it’s his job to keep track of this for future contracts.

Lukas: Uni Watch 2009-10 NHL goalie gear guide

Keeping track of NHL uniforms, which Uni Watchcovered Wednesday, is simple enough if you apply yourself to the task. But keeping track of goalie pads, blockers and catching mitts — arguably the most visually distinctive aspect of the sport — is a lot trickier. There’s no central registry, no official team or league style guides, and the goalies are constantly changing their gear.

Fortunately, Uni Watch reader Tyler Hull works for Bauer, and as part of his job, he keeps track of what goalies are wearing. So if you’ve never devoted much thought to goalie pads yourself, don’t sweat it — Hull has already done most of the thinking for you.

“Goalies mainly chose their pads based on their style of play,” Hull explains. “It’s the only sports equipment I can think of that’s based on the athlete’s style. I know baseball players use different gloves, but that’s more for position than style. Look at the pads we offer at Bauer. On the far left is the Vapor X:60, which has knee rolls and is a little softer and more flexible — good for goalies who play more of a stand-up or hybrid style, because they move around more and want that flexibility. On the far right is the Supreme 100, which is flat with less side roll, for butterfly goalies. The flat, hard pad helps them maintain the butterfly and covers more space down low. The red and black pads in the middle are our Reflex line, for goalies who like the mixture of a flat base with some give.”

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