Quote Codes Diaries 6: The Idea For A Game

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.

Quote Codes Diaries 6: The Idea For A Game
A substitution cipher game in which one letter stands for another. I was addicted to this game!

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!

Quote Codes Diaries 6: The Idea For A Game
A classic 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.

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The Primitive Font was cryptic yet had a defined structure to be understandable. It proved perfect for the cryptographic game concept

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.

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We looked at QuizUp for inspiration in selecting the topics and decided to start off with only TV Show quotes

This was followed by a frenzied 2 day work on the initial gameplay screen designs.

That story, we’ll cover in the next one!

Quote Codes Diaries 6: The Idea For A Game

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 5: Animation of the Primitive Font

Hey Folks,

Wishing you all a very happy and prosperous New Year! Let’s kick off Quote Codes Diaries 5 with the Animation of the Primitive Font!

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It’s time to see these animated!

In the previous blogs, I explained the concept of Animography and how it inspired us to animate our Primitive Font. Then next we saw the basic practices one must always follow in an animation project to keep the project scalable and customizable and avoid silly errors.

Today, we will see the results of all that planning and hard work. Here is our dearest Primitive Font in all its glory!

Quote Codes Diaries 5: Animation of the Primitive Font

Each character in our font is unique and has a custom animation. The whole project lasted just over 2 months for us.

Quote Codes Diaries 5: Animation of the Primitive Font

Remember we said that we wanted to restrict the animation of each character within its grid.

Quote Codes Diaries 5: Animation of the Primitive Font

Here are the remaining characters!

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This one’s our favorite!

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And then finally the symbols.

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Converting your animations into Sprite Sheets.

So you spent all this time animating in After Effects and now want to use them in your app. Traditionally sprite sheets are made by painfully drawing each frame one-by-one. But now there is a way to export your animations into sprite sheets directly from After Effects itself!

Thanks to Matthias Guntrum and his AE script Sheetah, you can now export any animation into a sprite sheet in no time. Just head to the Sheetah page and download the package –> unzip and  Merge sheetah’s After Effects/ScriptUI Panels folder with your following After Effects Installation folder: [path]/Adobe After Effects [version_number]/Support Files/Scripts/ScriptUI Panels

Now just restart After Effects, open your animation file and go to Window –> Sheetah.jsx.

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Sheetah will be available under the Window panel

A Sheetah popup will display on your AE project. Select the output type from the 3 available options (png, tga or tif) and hit Save Spritesheet. Export in your desired destination folder and thats it!

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Export your animations into sprite sheets in a matter of seconds

Your sprite sheet is now ready for use in your app!

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Here is our character sprite sheet

I hope you enjoyed reading about our thoughts and process behind the making and animation of the Primitive Font. Stay tuned for the next Quote Codes Diary where Joseph will explain how we started thinking about using the font in an app which ultimately resulted in Quote Codes!

Quote Codes Diaries 5: Animation of the Primitive Font

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

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

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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!