Joseph back again. Today in Quote Codes Diaries 6, we look at how we got the idea for the game!
The initial inspiration for Quote Codes was from a word game in my local newspaper ‘Mumbai Mirror’ that I played when I was in school. I don’t exactly remember the name but it was about figuring out a coded message.
Only one clue was given, that’s it. You had to bang your head against all things to figure it out. Sometimes it would take minutes, other times hours or even days! (Of course you could cheat a little by checking out part of the answer on the next page!) I loved doing this and reading ‘Pearls Before Swine’ comic strip!
Fast forward to when we had made the Primitive Font, one day I happened to go through the newspaper again and was doodling some changes for the primitive font. Then it struck me – how would this be for the digital age. How can we adapt it for mobile. And that was the beginning of Quote Codes. The primitive font was perfect for representation as a symbol. It was cryptic yet understandable. On searching further I came to know that this was a genre in itself – substitution cypher game.
The next hurdle was what to base it on. What quotes to select. And the way was shown by ‘QuizUp’. The app had just gotten big and everyone I knew was hooked to it. So we studied their most popular categories and we had our answer-TV shows and movies. And of course others as well. But we focused mainly on TV shows because these had a certain sense of nostalgia associated with it. People felt delighted when they figured out the quote.
This was followed by a frenzied 2 day work on the initial gameplay screen designs.
That story, we’ll cover in the next one!
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
Greetings my people! Now that Quote Codes is up forPre-Order, I finally get a breather. And I’ve been just looking back at the whole process of making Quote Codes and what a journey it has been. Beginning today, we played to have a series of blogs mapping out Pixel Drop’s entire journey with Quote Codes.
Primitive Font Origins
Let’s start at the very beginning. Quote Codes actually began with the Primitive Font. It wasn’t the typical we have this concept, let’s make a prototype and then finish off with graphics. It was a long and organic journey you might say.
This was way back in 2013, and I was obsessed with simple geometric shapes being used as the basis for all illustrations. I was validated in 2015 when google redid their logo to make it completely based on geometric shapes in order to reduce data consumption. (You can check that out HERE)
I never intended to have this as an app. It was just an experiment with various principles in my head. A search for clarity. Plus a need to make something with these principles.
Geometry and order are inherent characteristics in design – it requires a certain degree of discipline to impose constraints on yourself and find solutions within that framework. It’s also a recipe for innovation. It forces you to analyse everything closely.
Primitive Font involved the use of four basic shapes. Circle. A Line. A Triangle. A Rectangle. Everything else is a union or intersection of these four shapes. And couple this with contrasting colors to bring about the conflict between the shapes.
All this within a simple grid incorporating the shapes. That’s pretty much it to be honest. And of course getting featured in Typography Served. It was the first time that a Pixel Drop product got recognized anywhere. So this one’s special to us.
Next time, I’ll dive in detail about Primitive Font with examples.
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.