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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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Social Gaming Network Connections

Social Gaming Network Connections

Social Gaming Network Connections

Social Gaming Network Connections

Finding the idea for an iPhone game is one thing. Making it all work together is another. It can be quite overwhelming and confusing. Which is exactly why I decided to take a more visual approach to connecting these social networking outlets.

It all starts with the iPhone App or Game. I believe every new app should include the basic necessities and viral hooks: Connect to Facebook to brag to your friends and compete on leaderboards, post high scores to Twitter, tell a friend through email, even bump and email if you get that far.

If you post a message on Facebook (or Facebook Pages), it should automatically feed into Twitter. AdMob (now Google) has a great system of sharing similar apps and cross promoting one another. If I am playing a game I like, I will click an ad at the bottom that appeals to me (Tap Tap by Tapulous does a great job of this). Posting on my blog should connect to Facebook, which in turn puts a note on Twitter. The company website is separate from the game website and linked together. LinkedIn takes feeds from your blog. It all works together.

Create a CafePress storefront for print-on-demand t-shirts, mugs, mouse pads, environmentally safe grocery bags, calendars, etc. Stores can be created for free or you can upgrade to the premium model with unlimited products for a small fee of $5.95/month. Linking to your store and back creating yet another link in the social networking ring. Of course, as you create movies its wise to post on all the major video sites like YouTube, and Vimeo.

And then there are your “traditional” online advertising campaigns through Press Releases, Google Adsense, and good old fashioned emailing to noteworthy bloggers, news sites, and gamers. A company called Moo has custom “mini cards” for a cheap price ($20 for a 100 pack). These are excellent quality cards with a waxy finish. They are great for in person promotions and starts an interesting conversation to break the ice. You can customize each double-sided card with your app on the front and information how to download it on the back.

If you’d like you site linked here, I’ll start a list below to make connections. Or post a comment/ping back below.

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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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Myers-Briggs Personality Type – ENTJ: The Leader

Myers-Briggs Personality Type – ENTJ: The Leader

Profile by Sandra Krebs Hirsch and Jean Kummerow

ENTJs take charge quickly and deal directly with problems, especially in situations that involve confusion and inefficiency. They provide structure to the organizations to which they belong and design strategies to accomplish their personal and organizational goals. They are ‘take charge’ people who organise their own and others’ external environments. They use their resources to find a way to meet the challenge. They are at their best in using their analytical and strategic thinking.

Living

ENTJ children need to have goals for everything. These goals may be related to achievements such as swimming the fifty-yard freestyle on second faster than they did the previous year, getting a straight-A report card, or winning the school math contest. They seek power and control. They want to have an impact. Because of their desire to take charge, they are often leaders.

ENTJs enjoy an active and diverse lifestyle. They are likely to be in extracurricular activities and often function as the team captain, the president, or the leader. They pursue leadership roles very directly and have difficulty following others unless those individuals demonstrate more competence than they themselves have. Even then, it may be tough for the ENTJ to follow long.

ENTJs are likely to commit to a career goal early, often in their teen years. They determine their overall goals and objectives and what it will take to accomplish them. Whatever ENFJs do must make sense to them according to their logic or they have difficulty doing it.

In mature adulthood, ENTJs are often in leadership positions in their work organizations. They go after what they want with fusto. They set their sights high and work hard. Work and its related activities may become their lives. They may find retirement unsettling, boring, and difficult because it may bring with it a loss of the power that they had during their working years. Often they make arrangements so that they do not have to retire.

Learning and Working

ENTJs see education as one of the major ways of getting ahead. They are willing to learn about the past and what is but always with the mind-set of how that information affects their future. They particularly enjoy critiquing and solving problems. They apply their logical systems view to the issues they deal with. They want to change things to fit their concept of what should be. They learn best through a variety of instructional methods, including lectures and group activities. Without variety and action in the classroom boredom sets in.

ENTJs like to debate and view problems from all sides. They are comfortable critiquing and analyzing. and do not mind intellectual conflict in the classroom. They like challenge. They may have a general study plan laid out, with test dates and paper deadlines noted. They set up a schedule and work to attain the goal within that time.

At work, ENTJs contribute a wealth of energy directed toward the goals and those of the organization. Their sense of identity is closely tied to how they carry out their responsibilities. They are curious about new ideas and theories, evaluating them in terms of their goals. They are very efficient, competitive, strategic, and task focused.

Occupations that require tough-mindedness, goal direction, and a global perspective tend to attract ENTJs. They use logic and analysis to form conclusions, to organize themselves and others, to give direction, and to take charge. Some occupations seem to be especially attractive to ENTJs: administrator, attorney, consultant, credit investigator, labor relations worker, manager, marketing personnel, mortgage banker, personnel professional, systems analyst, and other occupations that allow them to use their strategic sense.

Loving

For the ENTJ, love needs to fit into the overall picture and may become subservient to their larger goals. Love is always within the context of what the relationship is. One ENTJ stated, “I don’t allow love to course freely through my body. God forbid that it should control me rather than I control it!” Love means a match between the ENTJ’s needs and what the partner provides. The loved one is, in a sense, an extension of the ENTJ’s vision, preferably acting in a supportive, not competing, role. ENTJs tend to make rigorous demands of love. While they may fall in love easily, they maintain that love only if the other person is willing to accept the ENTJ’s directness and need for independence.

Because attractiveness is a part of our culture and an initial standard for many relationships and because ENTJs like to do better than the standard, they particularly take note of the attractive people. The often wonder if they can ‘win the heart’ of the attractive other. It becomes almost a game for them.

The partner of ENTJ can expect a hard-working and industrious provider who may use the fruits of his or her labor as an expression of love. They may not be as verbally communicative of their loving feelings as others types.

ENTJs expect to have their needs met in relationships, while maintaining their independence. When the partner can no longer do that, it is logical for them to sever ties and to move on. However, when ENTJs are scorned by others, they may feel a passionate devastation and a strong sense of loss that is seldom shared with others. However, this sense of loss and gloom generally lasts only a short period before they are ready to move on.

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If one word were used to capture ENTJ’s style, it would be commandant. The basic driving force and need of ENTJ’s is to lead, and from an early age they can be observed taking over groups. This type is found in approximately 5 percent of the total population. ENTJ’s have a strong urge to give structure wherever they are-to harness people to distant goals. Their empirical, objective, and extraverted thinking may be highly developed; if this is the case, they use classification, generalization, summarization, adduction of evidence, and demonstration with ease. They resemble ESTJ’s in their tendency to establish plans for a task, enterprise, or organization, but ENTJ’s search more for policy and goals than for regulations and procedures. An ENTJ’s introverted thinking (analysis and conservation) may be less well developed than the extraverted thinking processes, and the ENTJ leader may turn to an ENTP or INTP to provide his kind of input. ENTJ’s are similar to INTJ’s except that the former places greater trust in empirical thought than in intuition; it is the ENTJ’s own intuitive sense of coherence, however, that augments and supports their empirical thinking.

Career

Although ENTJ’s are tolerant of established procedures, they can abandon any procedure when it can be shown to be indifferent to the goal it seemingly serves. Inefficiency is especially rejected by ENTJ’s, and repetition of error causes them to become impatient. For the ENTJ, there must always be a reason for doing anything, and people’s feelings usually are not sufficient reason. When in charge of an organization, ENTJ’s more than any other type desire (and generally have the ability) to visualize where the organization is going and seem able to communicate that vision to others. They are the natural organization builders, and they cannot not lead. They find themselves in command and sometimes are mystified as to how this happened. As administrators, ENTJ’s organize their units into a smooth functioning system, planning in advance, keeping both short-term and long-range objectives well in mind. They seek and can see efficiency and effectiveness in personnel. They prefer decisions to be based on impersonal data, want to work from well thought-out plans, and like to use engineered operations-and they prefer that others follow suit. ENTJ’s will support the policy of the organization and will expect others to do so.

ENTJ’s will usually rise to positions of responsibility and enjoy being executives. They are tireless in their devotion to their jobs and can easily block out other areas of life for the sake of work. They will be able to reduce inefficiency, ineffectiveness, and aimless confusion, being willing to dismiss employees who perpetuate such behaviors. ENTJ’s tend to work in organizational structures of some sort, tend to be in charge administratively, and rise to top levels of responsibility, whether in the military, business, education, or government.

Home

ENTJ’s take charge of the home. When an ENTJ is present, there will be little doubt as to who is in command. Because their work is so important to them, however, they can become increasingly absent, especially if male. Male or female, ENTJ’s expect a great deal of their mates, who need to possess a strong personality of their own, a well-developed autonomy, many and varied interests, and a healthy self-esteem. A career wife, however, may not be appealing to an ENTJ male, who is apt to view his home and family as a part of his professional background, a resource, and adjunct to his own career development.

As a parent, an ENTJ will be thoroughly in charge, and the children will know what is expected of them and will be expected to obey. When this does not occur, an ENTJ parent is not apt to make a scene; rather, there is more likely to be a low-key, firm issuance of reprimand and a taking-for-granted of immediate obedience. While both mating and parenting are roles of importance to the ENTJ’s, they are to some degree preempted by the ENTJ’s strong career interest. The romantic dream and the quest for the ideal mate is usually not a characteristic of this type. ENTJ’s generally do, however, expect a home to be attractive, well-ordered, with meals served punctually and maintenance accomplished on schedule-all these in the service of the larger goal of creating a family system where children can be reared to be productive and healthy and establishing a devoted, harmonious relationship between man and woman. An ENTJ male might expect his mate to be active in civic and community affairs, to be socially sophisticated, and as well educated as he. The ENTJ female may find it difficult to select a mate who is not overwhelmed by her strong personality and will.

Midlife

At midlife the ENTJ’s tendency to be somewhat unaware of the feelings of others, including those close, may be an area that could be given attention. But perhaps the most important midlife task of the ENTJ is to begin to allocate time and energy to pursuits which are not work-connected and to begin to develop a larger repertoire of play skills. Putting off vacations, travel, hobbies, and family should be avoided.

Mates

The ENTJ is a natural “fieldmarshal,” that is, he’s itching to get his hands on several “armies” so that he can marshal his forces and conduct the “war” as it should be conducted. If our ENTJ is in charge of any kind of enterprise, however small, his temperament dictates that he run it as he would his armies-with an eye to long-term strategies and their derivative tactics, logistics, and consequences. In startling contrast to this, the fieldmarshal is enamored by the “flower child,” the bucolic artist ISFP, tranquilly ensconced next to Walden pond! Perhaps the ENTJ wishes a spouse who will share with him or her the quiet of the forest and field far from the madding crowd, thus separating home from work by a great, insulating distance.

The ENTJ is attracted also to his opposite in the Appolonian camp: the monastic and questing INFP. What in the saintly or knightly (St. Joan of Arc, Sir Galahad) INFP calls the ENTJ fieldmarshal? First note the outward similarity of the INFP and the ISFP. Perhaps it is this, the underlying missionary outlook of the INFP. In a sense, both INFP and ISFP have great missionary zeal, the former enlisting the spouse in the quest, the latter in the tranquil respite of nature?

What’s your Myers-Briggs Personality Type?
Read up on the sixteen Myers-Briggs Personality Types here.

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