Quote Codes Update: Narcos, Black Mirror and more!

Hey everyone!

Our community of Quote Coders continues to grow each day and by popular demand we have updated the game with new quotes!

Quote Codes Update: Narcos, Arrested Development and more!
Decode quotes from Narcos, Arrested Development and more!

Quote Codes now comes with new Quotes in the NETFLIX Category! Now decode quotes from Narcos, Altered Carbon, Mind Hunter and Black Mirror.

Just update the app from the App Store to access the new quotes. For the folks who haven’t downloaded the game yet. What are you waiting for!

Download the game now on iOS. It is completely free!

Quote Codes Update: Narcos, Arrested Development and more!

Quote Codes Diaries 10: UI and App Designs

Hey Guys,

Sorry about the delay, we have just been really tied up with the launch of Quote Codes on Android! Once again, cheers to everyone who have downloaded and are enjoying our game. It has been an amazing ride.

Now, Let’s get on with the topic! Previously, I previously talked about our design failures and wayward thought process in Quote Codes Diaries 8: Design and App Failures. Today we learn how we turned the failure into success by simplifying  our thought process and getting things in order.

App Flow

It was important to get the app flow right. We ditched the clunky and confusing method of making this digitally and focused on physically jotting it down on paper to get the app flow . Our goal was was to divide the app into 2 segments:

Menu

  • Home Screen
  • Credits
  • Settings
  • Categories
  • Archives
  • Tutorial

Gameplay 

  • Gameplay screen
  • Game End Screen
  • Game Options (Skip, Unlock Clue etc)
Quote Codes Diaries 10: UI and App Designs
We kept things simple this time by taking the traditional route of jotting down the app flow on paper.

UI Design and Interaction

After sorting the app flow, Our next challenge was design and interaction. Unlike most mobile games, Quote Codes gives the users loads of options and screens in the form of Clue, Skip Quote, Categories, Archives, Settings, Credits, etc.  We wanted to give each option its own separate page. Cramming all of them into 1 page would be too confusing.

So how do you add that many pages in the app but not make the UI confusing?

The idea turned out to be ingenious for us.

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The simple stacked card system allows us to add/remove pages easily

A simple card system stacked did the trick. This allowed us to make the whole layout of the app dynamic and really simple. We could easily add or erase any page and still maintain the same aesthetic and design.

Next was the the design of the individual pages. Since Quote Codes is a word based game, we wanted to keep everything textual (word based) and to-the-point.

For instance, in SKIP, instead of showing an icon and hoping the user would understand, we decided to add directives with YES and NO button: SKIP THIS QUOTE AND COME BACK TO IT LATER.

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Our aim was to use direct questions so the player never gets confused

Similarly for Categories which allows the user to select the various themes of quotes, the design as you can see is really clean and understandable. The Categories are arranged alphabetically and the search bar on top gives the user easy access to search the various themes. Once again selecting a theme will open a drawer confirming your selection in the same “YES” “NO” format.

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Categories is one of the main pages of the app. Clean well defined structure was important here.

UI Animations

And then finally it was time to merge them all together. Our aim from the start was to treat the user with subtle and cute animations throughout the app and not just gameplay. Animating the Card menu and the Ui buttons was a lot of fun.

So thats it! Thats how Quote Codes was designed. So far we have covered everything in design right from conceptualization, to implementation. Next Diary will be a treat! For the first time we will have our champion developer Kunal taking you guys through the whole development of the app. Let me tell you, that it is purely brilliant and insightful. Do not miss.

Till then Dont forget to download Quote Codes. It is available on iOS and Android for Free!

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.

Quote Codes Diaries 4: Animating in After Effects.
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.

Quote Codes Diaries 4: Animating in After Effects.
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.

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

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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.

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.