Game Design vs Mechanics

It’s no secret that design is an important aspect of video games. But, recently, big companies have started to place more and more value in design, and less and less in actual fun when it comes to the game mechanics.

Like most guys, we’ve played through pretty much all of the latest Call of Duty titles, and we’ve always had some fun. But, after a while, everything becomes very repetitive.

Then, we’ve tried games that tried to combat that, by simply throwing more stuff at the player. A game like Titanfall 2 adds the whole Mech gameplay on top of a regular CoD game. So now, you have twice as many settings and perks and weapon types and characters and yada yada. The result? If you just get in the game, it’s very overwhelming. And that’s coming from an experienced player.

Thankfully, with Steam Early Access, a lot of independent studios are creating titles that are all about the game mechanics.

The two titles that stand out in recent memory are Rocket League, which was an immense amount of fun, and, more recently, the record-breaking PlayerUnknown’s BattleGrounds.

PUBG, as it’s commonly called, is a game that offers a fantastically fun game mechanic, creating a game where everything’s always new and unexpected.

That’s why people have been going crazy over the game, and a lot of streamers are making a killing playing the game for their audiences. So much so, that some pro gamers like shroud turned to full time PUBG streamers.

Now that PUBG is racking in big bucks, we can only hope that the big game companies will realize their mistakes and follow suit with more interesting game mechanics, and lots more PVP titles.

How Important Is Your Logo Design?

Whenever you begin a new website, so much effort goes into choosing the name. You want something catchy, effective and brand-able. You want something that focuses on a certain keyword or product idea related to your site. So much effort goes into choosing the name, yet when it comes to designing the logo, we think the hard work is over.

The logo however can be just as an important feature of your site as the domain name itself. With a logo design you have the power to set the tone of the whole website. Check out our tips for logo design below.

Choose Bright, Easy To Read Colors

The color of your logo is one of the most important things. You’ll need to consider what the background colors will look like, and if you are using your logo on images frequently you’ll need to choose something that will look nice with other color schemes. Be careful of bright yellows and light purples which can be hard to read for older people. If your background is white and you have a florescent blue  on your logo for example that may be harder to read than if the logo was against a black background. Choose a color that may fit the theme or the brand or your site,  without being too distracting.

Create Mood With Font Type

Using certain fonts can change the mood of your site. A site with fancy decor may opt for a soft scripted font, while a kids game site may have a more playful block lettering. A good example of this I came across while looking for the best pomade. Since pomade is used often in vintage hairstyles, the logo at pomademen has a vintage script and sheen to it! Reminds you of the product itself without being made up of pomade tins!

Use Caution With Logo Images

Often logos will have some soft of small icon or image next to the brand name. We have seen this done successfully, however the idea everyone needs one is untrue. Often times they can bulk up your logo and distract visitors from the brand name. If you do choose an icon or small image make sure it is simple, uses fewer than two colors, and that it looks fluid with your logo itself. Some users even use a small image as the dot above the “i” in their names.

Whatever you choose to do with your logo-have fun, and be creative!

Product Design in 2017

Design in 2017

As the year closes, it’s interesting to take a moment and figure out how design is going to be evolving in 2017.

From newer, better, more intuitive smartphones, to the rise of newer technologies that have changed the way we looked at the world, 2016 has been truly remarkable.

More and more, I think the stress will be placed on software design (User Interfaces and Usability — UI and UX) more than anything.

Your lamps, fridges, microwaves, audio players will largely look the same, but they will be powered by narrow AI that allows you to, say, voice-control them, or connect them to your phone. We’ve seen a huge push towards home automation hubs, like the Amazon Echo and such. Everything will be more intuitive and easier to use.

And yet, with cheaper and cheaper microcontrollers like the Arduino or the Raspberry Pi, as well as drones and cameras, we’re seeing a huge push towards innovations in hardware as well. All these new products are pushing towards the creation of better and cheaper sensors, as well as more accurate stepper and brushless DC motors.

This has meant that we get smarter gadgets every day, from camera stabilizers to hoverboards, the list is only going to grow.

So, I’d say that, in 2017, design is going to blend even more inextricably with function, in ways that we haven’t seen before. And this, for us, is the most exciting part of being alive right now.

With that, GrandPixels wishes you a very happy and fruitful 2017!