Quote Codes Diaries 8: Design and App Flow Failures

Hey Quote Coders,

Quote Codes launched this week! And we would like to take this opportunity to thank you guys from the bottom of our hearts for the love and support you have shown towards the game. Quote Codes has been featured by Apple in over 83 countries worldwide and has broken into top 20 in its category in Canada and UK. We are just so so proud and humbled by the reception. Here is the download link again for the ones who haven’t already (Seriously what are you waiting for?) – https://itunes.apple.com/in/app/quote-codes/id1142929451?ls=1&mt=8

Right, lets continue the story of the game. In the previous blog, Joseph explained about his font choice and preference of a very whimsical and fun font. We thought we had something good going but as we started to develop we realized how wrong we were.

Design and App Flow Failures.

The first step we did was try to chalk out the App Flow of the game. How will the player navigate and interact with the game was crucial. We divided the app into 2 segments.

  1. Game Play
  • Main Game Screen (The main gameplay screen)
  • Game End Screen (The screen that shows the decoded quote)
  • Tutorial (static tutorial screen that shows the rules of the game)
  1. Menu
  •  Stats (stats depicting quotes the player has decoded)
  • Settings (A settings page)
  • Credits (A credits page)
  • Categories (Categories section so user can select themes of quotes)

Sometime on Illustrator and I came up with this mess.

Quote Codes Diaries 8: Design and App Flow Failures
Even we were getting confused looking at this

Not making excuses but at the time Adobe hadn’t come out with the XD and our first instinct was to use illustrator from the very go.

So after the app flow we tried putting in the designs on them.

Quote Codes Diaries 8: Design and App Flow Failures
This was our first attempt at UI for Quote Codes

Our initial thoughts were to use the primitive font as main headers in UI which as you can see looks too cryptic and cluttered.

Quote Codes Diaries 8: Design and App Flow Failures
Using the Primitive Font as headers in UI made it confusing

In the previous blog, Joseph explained how he thought the DK Clair De Lune font was perfect for the game. But, as you can see from these designs, though it looked alright, it wasn’t really readable and made the whole game scene quite confusing. Plus Apple’s Human Interface guidelines recommend to have a minimum tappable area of 44pt x 44pt. The keyboard buttons were falling short of the 44pt. Increasing them would make everything look even more cluttered.

Quote Codes Diaries 8: Design and App Flow Failures
Though it looked fun, this design was not at all practical for our word game.

Try and Try till you succeed.

Right so after those failures we decided to try another fresh approach, scrapped the whole layout, font and structure and try a completely new way by adding new fonts and icons. We even tried inverting and messing around with the colors this time to see how it looks.

Quote Codes Diaries 8: Design and App Flow Failures
A completely fresh approach with new color options, icons and fonts

New funky icons

Quote Codes Diaries 8: Design and App Flow Failures

Quote Codes Diaries 8: Design and App Flow Failures

Though they looked fun initially, it just felt too much. The whole concept of solving your favorite quotes was getting overshadowed by the funky design and colors.  Plus, this used the Hamburger Menu which apple completely hated and they were right to do so – (Watch from 32 mins on HERE)

So 2 iterations of designs and 2 complete failures but we weren’t about to back down. More on this in future diaries. 

Till then don’t forget to download Quote Codes – Our quirky word puzzler featured by Apple worldwide (had to say it again :p)

Quote Codes Diaries 8: Design and App Flow Failures

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 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.

Quote Codes Diaries 3: Animation + Typography = Animography
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.

Quote Codes Diaries 3: Animation + Typography = Animography
Animation of each character is to be constrained within their grids

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

Quote Codes Diaries 3: Animation + Typography = Animography
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.

Quote Codes Diaries 3: Animation + Typography = Animography
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.

 

[Beta] Quote Codes – A word puzzler about decoding your favorite quotes!

 

Hey Guys!

Pixel Drop Studios is proud to present Quote Codes – A word puzzler about decoding your favorite quotes!

Quote Codes - A word puzzler about decoding your favorite quotes!

Quote Codes is a word puzzle game where you have to unlock your favorite quotes using letter substitutions. Each symbol in the quote stands for a letter.

Your aim is to guess and decode your favorite quotes ranging from all Categories like Epic Tv Shows, Timeless Movies, Classic Disney, Legendary Authors and many more!

Quote Codes - A word puzzler about decoding your favorite quotes!
Decode your favorite quotes using letter substitutions

Filled with handcrafted quirky animated letters, every quote begs to be shared!

Quote Codes - A word puzzler about decoding your favorite quotes!
Handcrafted, quirky animations of each letter

We are looking for BETA Testers

Quote Codes comes out soon on iOS!

If you like word games or quirky animations, please lend us your support. We’re starting our BETA tests for iOS users.

To sign up please fill the form here – https://goo.gl/gNCgt1

It will only take a second and we can’t wait for you to hold this in your hands sooner!

Show us some love!