The Year of Pixel Drop

It has been just over a year since we started this blog and the reboot of Pixel Drop. We vowed to get our core principles right again and start fresh. At the start of 2017 we set out with many plans, but at the foremost was to form a strong bonded team of individuals who share the same passion as us. Only then can we convert the promises to reality and all the planning can be set in motion.

The Year of Pixel Drop

Pixel Drop was started way back in our college days but I always tell joseph that we become a studio only a few months back. Because, it was only a few months back that we were able to form that team of amazingly talented individuals ready to give their all (Thanks guys). And that is why I believe that 2018 will be the year of Pixel Drop. For us, every small thing as been a learning curve, hence we do such detailed blogs about our entire process (check out the Quote Codes Diaries) so anyone starting new can have all the basic knowledge at one place.

 

Now let’s get on with the fun stuff. Here is the year of Pixel Drop.

Quote Codes – Quote Codes is a word puzzle game where you unlock your favorite quotes by substituting one letter at a time. In every game, each symbol stands for a letter. Your aim is to guess and decode the quotes! 

The Year of Pixel Drop

Don’t forget to Pre-order Quote Codes on the Appstore here, it comes out on Jan 18, 2018. Pre ordering ensures that the app automatically downloads onto your device on Jan 18

 

Shut The Window – This is the secret project we have been working in this holiday season. A really quick and fun game with breathtaking illustrations. More in this before the month end!

 

Tuta Tuk Tuk – We have been working on Tuta Tuk Tuk almost all of 2017, going through countless iterations, style’s and approach. But, now finally we have all the right combination to pull this off. Stay tuned for Tuta Tuk Tuk till mid Feb.

 

The WOW Signal – The WOW Signal is one of the most ambitious project we are undertaking. We take on the endless beautiful space with dynamic lighting and progressive mechanics. This game is going to be amazing. More details in the coming months.

 

Quantum Reaction – How can we forget Quantum? Our one and true love. But this time we are doing it different and doing it right! Quantum reaction will be our tribute to the some of the greatest minds in the science world. Stay tuned for this till April!

Quote Codes Diaries 4: Animating in After Effects.

Hi Everyone,

Hope the holiday season is going well. Welcome to Quote Codes Diaries 4. Picking up from the previous blog, today we look into the process of animating your Animographies using After Effects.

Quote Codes Diaries 4: Animating in After Effects.
Today we look at some basic practices that will help you avoid silly mistakes in your After Effects animations

As I mentioned before, prior to this project we didn’t really have much experience in animation so everything had a learning curve. The entire project of animating the Primitive Font lasted just over 2 months, out of which a lot of time was actually spent on errors we encountered due to lack of experience.  Hence, I would like to take this as an opportunity to list down some common practices that you should follow for your projects so you can avoid silly mistakes.

Setting up your designs for import in After Effects.

This is the most basic but the most crucial part. In order to keep your animations scalable and customizable, it is really important to set up your designs well before you import them in AE (After Effects).

AE supports import of AI (Adobe Illustrator) files really well. Though it does support PSD files as well, it is much easier and efficient to import AI (explaining this below). Additionally, since vectors are completely scalable, I would definitely recommend designing your font’s in AI from the start itself.

Now, after you finish your designs, it is time to set up your AI file for import in After Effects.

Set up each character in separate AI files and break the  character design in different layers. It goes without saying that you should have a fairly basic idea of your animation before doing this. The point is to separate each part of the design you want to animate as a separate layer. So, if you don’t have a basic storyboard ready for your animation, I would recommend separating the design in as many layers as possible so you have the freedom later when you begin in After Effects.

Here is how we did it.

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This is our animation
Quote Codes Diaries 4: Animating in After Effects.
Notice how we separated each shape we planned to animate into separate layers

Importing in After Effects

Create a new project and go to file –> import –> file.

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Go to File –> Import –> File to import your AI file

Select your file and under Import –> Composition – Retain Layers. This will retain the layers we made in AI.

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Select Composition – Retain Layers, so your AI layers remain intact.

Now, here comes the advantage of using AI. Select the layers –> right click and select –> Create Shapes from Vector Layer.

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Right click on a layer and select Create Shapes from Vector Layer

Viola! your AI layer now becomes a shape layer in AE. Expand, scale, use it in any way, your design will not loose quality ever!

Quote Codes Diaries 4: Animating in After Effects.
Shape Layers created from vectors are completely scalable and customizable in AE

And that’s it! You are now ready to animate! Maintain a different composition for each character.

Quote Codes Diaries 4: Animating in After Effects.
Keep your AE project organized. Maintain different compositions for each character.

The separation of layers we did in AI ensures your animation is always customizable and converting them to vectors in AE ensures they are always scalable!

Plan out your animation on paper first before implementing in AE and go crazy with it. Animation is all about timing and once you start getting momentum it is a lot of fun.

Next time I will show you the final outcomes of our animations and also most importantly how to directly create sprite sheets for your games/apps, from After Effects itself – Yes it is possible!

Quote Codes Diaries 4: Animating in After Effects.

Till then don’t forget to Pre-order Quote Codes on the Appstore here, it comes out on Jan 18, 2018. Pre ordering ensures that the app automatically downloads onto your device on Jan 18

Quote Codes Diaries 3: Animation + Typography = Animography

Welcome to blog 3 of the Quote Codes Diaries. A quick recap –  Till now we saw the Origins and Making of the Primitive Font: How, at its core the Primitive Font is made up of only four basic shapes, Circle + Rectangle + Triangle + Line. All the characters then are a combination of these shapes with minor adjustments. The font gained popularity online on Behance and Typography Served.

Today, as promised we divulge into the fun bits, Animations!

Animation + Typography = Animography.

Quote Codes Diaries 3: Animation + Typography = Animography

Fast forward a few months after we finished the design of the font. One fine magical afternoon I was browsing through the internet and came across Animography – A webshop/typefoundry that provides motion designers, video-editors and others in the field of the moving image with animated typefaces.

Quote Codes Diaries 3: Animation + Typography = Animography

Quote Codes Diaries 3: Animation + Typography = Animography
Animography means animated typeface

Animography (animation+typography) at the time was new but gaining immense momentum. Imagine the possibilities here. You can use the animated typefaces in apps, trailers, games, videos, etc. It could instantly spruce up a project and make it more fun.

We wanted to do this, and we wanted to do this with our beloved Primitive Font. At the time we hadn’t even thought of making a game out this. We just wanted to animate and make it cool.

Animating The Primitive Font.

If you notice, most of the typefaces in Animography follow a very defined approach towards the animations of characters. Take Amelie By Shabello for example. All the characters come as drops from the top and then open up to their shapes.

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Amelie follows a defined animation process where all the characters start as drops and then expand to their shapes

Though this looks absolutely awesome, we wanted to create unique animations for each characters of our font. The design of the Primitive font is very structured and tight, through animations we wanted to break this and create a little bit of chaos.

But that being said, certain rules were still needed to be defined to maintain focus.

1. We wanted to follow the grid system used in design and constrain the animations within it.

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Animation of each character is to be constrained within their grids

2. We did not want to add more color in animations

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No extra color will be added in animation except the 2 above

3. We wanted to play with the basic shapes as much as possible.

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Focus to play with the basic shapes in characters

And, so we began the quest to animate the Primitive Font. This was our first proper animation project, so everything had a learning curve. Next time I will dive deep into the process and journey: failure and success. I will even explain the basics of setting up After Effects for your animographies, so that your project is scalable and customizable. Stay Tuned!

Quote Codes Diaries 3: Animation + Typography = Animography

Till then don’t forget to Pre-order Quote Codes on the Appstore here, it comes out on Jan 18, 2018. Pre ordering ensures that the app automatically downloads onto your device on Jan 18.

 

Merry Christmas from our tiny studio!

Hey Folks!

Wishing each and everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Hoping your Christmas is filled with food, fun and family. We on the other hand are working on a secret project that is pretty cool (Shhh). More details out soon!

Merry Christmas from our tiny studio.

Till then don’t forget to Pre-order Quote Codes on the Appstore here, it comes out on Jan 18, 2018. 

Cheers!

Quote Codes Diaries 2: The Making Of Primitive Font

Welcome to blog 2 of the Quote Codes Diaries. This time I’m going to dive into the details of the making of ‘Primitive Font’. (That’s our font featured on Typography Served on Behance for those of you who didn’t checkout our previous blog)

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The Primitive Font in all its glory

The Making Of Primitive Font

At its core Primitive Font is made up of four basic shapes

Circle + Rectangle + Triangle + Line

Quote Codes Diaries 2: The Making Of Primitive Font
The Font is made up of only four basic shapes

All designs are a combination of these shapes with minor adjustments. It is done by changing the sizes and the interactions between these shapes.

Everything except for the M and W is laid out on 3×3 grid  (M and W take a 4×3 grid due to its horizontal expanse). The grid was just a framework to work within certain guidelines. The geometry behind the shapes was a very deliberate effort. We wanted to achieve a very minimal representative of the alphabet. We did compromise a bit for legibility though.

Quote Codes Diaries 2: The Making Of Primitive Font
Everything except for the M and W is laid out on 3×3 grid (M and W take a 4×3 grid due to its horizontal expanse).

Let’s take C-D-O for example(The Big Short  anyone?). The basic shape is a circle. The letters are just variants of it.

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C-D-O All are formed using the basic shape of a circle

So the O is obviously a circle fitting the 3×3 grid. Simple. The C is just the circle with the right portion cut off. So we have C as well made from the circle cut off half way though the right grid block. The letter D is actually a slightly distorted mirror image of C. So we have the exact same principle with one exception. The straight line that other wise demarcates the D is now a curved one running along the circle’s circumference. And how do we give it a playful nature? Simple, add some colour into it!

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C-D-O filled with color

The use of colour is mainly in the negative spaces throughout the letters. The playful aspect can be seen in the F and the E as well. Traditionally both are separated by only an extra line (bottom line in the E). But we decided to give the E a lil bit of quirkiness. Instead of the middle line, we substituted it with a filled circle. And what do you know? It works out!

Quote Codes Diaries 2: The Making Of Primitive Font
F and E both are separated by only an extra line (bottom line in the E). But we decided to give the E a lil bit of quirkiness by adding a filled circle.

The rest of the letters follow similar principles. All but M and W; Z and I. These are formed purely from lines. This was so as to avoid any confusion in regards to legibility.

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M-W-Z and I, are formed purely from lines

Then comes the symbols set.

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Symbols of Primitive Font

Similarly we even designed a numbers set based on the same principles (though they are a bit abstract).

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Numbers of Primitive Font designed using the same principles

So these are my two cents on the Primitive Font. Hopefully, this cleared up matters a bit for you. Look out for our next post, this is where serendipity and the fun begins – Animations!

Quote Codes Diaries 2: The Making Of Primitive Font

Don’t forget to Pre-order Quote Codes on the Appstore here, it comes out on Jan 18, 2018. Pre ordering ensures that the app automatically downloads onto your device on Jan 18.