8 Things to Stop Doing With Typography (Right Now!)

Good typography is an art that shouldn’t be messed with too much. Letterforms flow together to form words and phrases that are readable and have subtle visual meaning. But if you aren’t careful, it’s easy to ruin typographic beauty in an instant. If you have slipped into any of these design traps, this is the time to stop doing anything on this list to type and clean up your design pieces. (Your portfolio will thank you.) Adding Drop Shadows Most fonts are perfect just the way they are. (I am dead serious.) If the letters don’t work for your design, maybe you should consider another type choice. Don’t take the lazy option and add a way-too-obvious drop shadow or outline to the text. …the best shadows go completely unnoticed There’s this general rule about drop shadows that more people should follow — the best shadows go completely unnoticed. If you Read the full article…

Design Systems Are About Relationships

Design Systems Are About Relationships Design Systems Are About Relationships Ryan DeBeasi 2019-10-07T12:30:59+02:002019-10-07T11:06:05+00:00 Design systems can be incredibly helpful. They provide reusable elements and guidelines for building a consistent “look and feel” across products. As a result, users can take what they learned from one product and apply it to another. Similarly, teams can roll out well-tested patterns for navigation or reviews, making products more trustworthy. Effective design systems solve boring problems in a repeatable way so that developers and designers can focus on solving novel problems. Yet when someone uses the term “design system” in a meeting, I’m never quite sure what reaction to expect. I’ve seen curiosity and excitement about trying a new way of working, but I’ve also seen frustration and concern at the idea of a system limiting designers’ creativity. Some designers argue that design systems sap creativity, or that they are solutions in search of Read the full article…

First impressions: Bungie’s new independence starts on the moon with ‘Destiny 2: Shadowkeep’

Destiny 2’s new expansion, Shadowkeep, is a surprisingly good pick for a Halloween game. It’s still Destiny 2, so you’re still blowing away invading aliens by the half-dozen with giant guns to a blaring metal soundtrack, but the quieter moments are when it gets creepy. Shadowkeep is set mostly underground, in the bizarre inhuman catacombs below the surface of Earth’s ruined moon, as you explore in search of information and artifacts. You’re surrounded by accusing ghosts and drifting ectoplasm, as you pursue a series of missions that require you to track down and kill the nightmare reincarnations of several of Destiny’s worst, deadest antagonists. Your one major ally in this is a blind woman who seems to be A) constantly weeping blood and B) tormented by the visible specters of her fallen friends. It takes a lot to create an atmosphere of slowly building dread when your player character is Read the full article…

PS4 Remote Play will fully support Android this week

Photo by Vlad Savov / The Verge Sony has announced version 7.00 of the PlayStation 4’s system software, which centers around updates to Remote Play and party functionality. The update will be available this week. Remote Play will now let you stream games from your console to any Android device running version 5.0 or above. This has actually been a feature on certain Android phones since 2014, but only ones made by Sony — now there’ll just be a Remote Play app in the Play store for anyone to download. Sony added iOS compatibility earlier this year, so the expansion of Android support always seemed likely. Meanwhile, the party chat feature has doubled the number of users from eight to 16 and should have better connectivity and audio quality, Sony says. There’s also a new… Read the full article…

Trine 4: The Nightmare Prince Review

Whenever I think of great co-op games, the Trine series is never far from my thoughts. Since 2009, developer Frozenbyte has been quietly delivering some of the most beautiful and joyous puzzle platformers around. Sure, Trine 3 was an overly ambitious misstep, but Trine 4: The Nightmare Prince is a great course correction, with a back-to-basics approach that returns to the series’ 2.5D roots while adding several clever, game-changing new toys and abilities for each hero to play with. And while it’s not quite the ride that Trine 2 is, it’s nonetheless a welcome return to form for my favorite puzzle solving, adventuring trio: Amadeus, Zoya, and Pontius. Read the full article…

These Gears 5 and Mortal Kombat Figures are Huge

I love it when a collectible toy company touts all my favorite nerd franchises. Gears 5 was an enjoyable romp, and I literally cannot wait for Joe Taslim to ice spike dudes through the face in the Mortal Kombat movie reboot. In the meantime, I’m plenty fine with ogling these new figures from Storm Collectibles. Storm Collectibles displayed a wide variety of figures from their current collection. We’ve got the cast of Gears 5, including the immense Warden with his dual-wielded murder sticks. There’s the cast of Mortal Kombat in their original garb, including the underrated Smoke and a bloodied Scorpion. The Street Fighter crew is hanging out practicing their Hadoukens. We even get the axe rider from Golden Axe and his ridiculous dragon. Is that Lobo and Doomsday?! Read the full article…