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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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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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How to Motivate Your Team

How to motivate your team

Success in business is rarely down to technical skills or knowledge alone. Getting the most from your team is the sign of a successful manager and can lead to a successful business. The key to this is motivating people and giving them space to develop themselves to their full potential.

Being able to motivate your team successfully starts with wanting the best for people. If you care to find out about them and their needs and ambitions, you will find what motivates them. This will keep them performing at their best.

Motivation is open, positive and instils energy into your team. For instance, rather than commanding ‘Do this’, motivation entails showing why someone should do something and how they will benefit.

How can you motivate your team?

These are some suggestions for motivating your team:

  • You have to be motivated yourself to motivate others.
  • Motivation needs to be focused on clear, specific, realistic and achievable goals.
  • Seeing progress towards those goals gives a sense of achievement and helps revive motivation.
  • Motivation never lasts – there are always hurdles along the way that drain energy or distractions that take your eye off the ball.
  • Everyone has different motivations – you just need to find what they are. They may well be different from yours and will give you useful insights into what drives people. Ask your people what they want from their job, and for the business as a whole. Also what do they want for themselves in life overall?

Your staff may say money is a motivator – but look closely and you will find that it is a stepping stone to another goal. For instance, a desire for power, recognition, early retirement or travel.

  • A sense of belonging motivates – the smaller the group to which someone belongs, the stronger the loyalty, motivation and effort.
  • Participation motivates – people feel more motivated when they feel their involvement in a project is important and valued. Often we exclude our greatest assets – the people around us, from decisions in which we could include them.
  • Challenges motivate and people often rise to the occasion. However, it can also be demotivating if they are unobtainable, or conversely, too easy to achieve.
  • Motivation needs recognition and reward – even something as simple as a thank you.

What causes demotivation?

  • Constantly moving goalposts – people lose sight of goals, or feel they will never reach them and so cease to care about them anymore.
  • Not knowing what is going on. If you do not bother to tell people what is happening, you can demotivate and possibly alienate them too. Uncertainty is a very destabilising emotion in a group.
  • Not showing faith or trust in people.
  • Arbitrary decisions which are not consistent for all members of staff, and humiliating people in front of their peers.
  • Pay, work conditions or available facilities can affect motivation and often small changes can bring large differences.

Some signs of demotivation

  • Increased absenteeism/sickness.
  • Incomplete or careless work.
  • Lack of concentration.

Motivate yourself

Before you can inspire others to extend themselves, you need to develop your own sense of motivation. Here are some tips to help you.

  • Build your confidence and develop self-belief. Success doesn’t always go to the strongest person, but to the person with the greatest conviction.
  • If you work alone, identify an understanding person with whom you can talk through business issues and who will encourage you. A mentor can help here.
  • If you feel overwhelmed by a daunting task, such as sorting out your tax or personal finances, it tends to affect the rest of your attitude. There are three ways you could deal with a large task:
    1. Divide it up into smaller chunks and start immediately on the first chunk.
    2. Use an independent specialist who can relieve you of the anxiety of dealing with the task and will have more knowledge on the subject than yourself.
    3. Delegate the task to a member of your staff. Delegation can be a great motivator – but dumping an unwanted job on someone isn’t.
  • Assess, plan, act. Write a plan for yourself for the next year, both in business and personal terms. Set tough, but realistic objectives with timescales. We all react positively to these.
  • Also write down why you want to do something, even if the reasons hardly seem valid. Something as simple as ‘I want a clear desk so I don’t have to start the day in a mess’ is valid. Clean it up tonight and start tomorrow afresh.
  • Use picture power or imagination to ‘fix’ your goals. Have you ever seen something in a shop window and longed for it? It is easier to visualise having something that you can see, so visualise the result you want. Savour the emotions you will feel when (not if) you land that order. Also, collect pictures that summarise these emotions – your dream house, boat, car or holiday – and pin these round your desk to remind yourself why you are doing it all.
  • Tell people what you are going to do – it will make you feel more committed.
  • Compile a record of past successes. When you feel you are achieving nothing, review your records to remind yourself what you have achieved!
  • Finally – give yourself a pat on the back. You deserve it for having the strength of character to go out and make things happen.

Solutions guides

We have a range of solutions guides covering all areas of business. You may find the following pages on our web site particularly relevant.

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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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The Conversation

I’ve had this article in my archives for years but can’t remember where it came from. I like it because it really speaks in the “internet” language.

The Conversation

So, a conversation has begun. This is still a new medium. Communication channels are re-aligning. People are discovering new ways to hear and be heard and the space between the two actions is getting shorter and smaller.

Markets are getting smarter – smarter than you think.

Most corporations, on the other hand, are dumbing down in the name of smartening up.

Looking for the one-liner and the killer application that will take them to the top. Flipping out over trying to keep up with the Dow-Joneses. Relying on technology to take them into the future. They speak in a one-directional, this-is-what-we-know, aren’t-we-clever tone.

Same old tactics, same old hooks; possessed of a growing ability to take the same old same old into people’s lives in new ways.

But that’s not a conversation.

Conversations are the oldest interactive medium in the world and they function on one thing alone; two-way communication. It’s no surprise that markets are skeptical.

So, you have a choice. Same old actions. Same old results. Regardless of the medium. OR No More Same Old Same Old. You choose.

Alright, you’ve chosen… What happens next… How do you make it work…. And, equally important, how do we?

This kind of interaction is tactile and fragile; and if someone on the team, somewhere along the way doesn’t get it… it’s game over – the market knows and loses trust.

So what do you do? You think. You decide. You do. You conceive it and you birth it. From start to finish.

You deal with the fact that sometimes groundbreaking work isn’t always slick, edgy, and full of bells and whistles. But sometimes it is. That’s not what people need every time.

Sometimes they just need information, sometimes they need to be convinced, sometimes they just need to be connected.

Sometimes they don’t need at all; they want… and you must make something worth wanting.

That’s why you continue looking for chances to create fresh, shiny, full of bells and whistles things but you keep your wits about you and you look to the needs of the user.

Great ideas are great because they are do-able, make-able, attainable, effective, dead on or simply imaginable.

Sometimes you need straight, sometimes you need straight out of this world; but you always need to be smart and creative and you have to have the experience to draw on.

You think. You do. From beginning to end.

How do you do it? You live it. You imagine it. You build it. You don’t do something just because everyone else is. You dissent. You discern. You embrace. You ask the right questions, you check the right boxes, you take an idea and you roll it out across technologies you have mastered. And then you make new boxes. You own your market and every channel in it. You hire the best and the brightest and you set them up in teams that can solve the problems.

You take a good idea and you take it to the street.

You don’t repeat yourself and you don’t fall in love with the vision of the day.

There, we’ve got the exchange going. We’ve started the conversation… the rest is here if you need to know more… strategy, technology, creativity, intelligence.

We think. We do. We succeed. For you.

And if you don’t use our expertise all the way through the process of think and do… we all lose something. Some of us like to believe it’s about purity; but it’s really about credibility and results.

Any problem, any platform, any time. It’s all in the way we think about it.

Do you think?

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Website Design – DuaneWoods.com

Website Design - DuaneWoods.com

In the summer of 2008, I designed my brother’s professional website. He’s a videographer and editor and wanted a site relating to film/tv. He is also very technical and familiar with various lighting rigs and cameras. So I combined the two ideas using concrete lights and cables with the “filmic” background to give the appearance of Northern Lights we saw so much back home in Manitoba.

He uses a Mac, therefore the Coverflow navigation was a perfect fit for his website. It is easy to use and expandable to display more movie clips in the future.

Visit Duane’s Website at http://www.duanewoods.com


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