Nintendo Labo contest winners include a Zelda piano and a solar-powered accordion

Last month, Nintendo announced a contest that tasked fans with creating musical instruments and games out of its Labo kit. Today, the Japanese developer revealed the winners of the contest, and, naturally, Nintendo fans went all out. Released in April 2018, the Nintendo Labo is aimed at children to teach concepts such as programming and engineering. Players take kits to build things such as cardboard robots and toy fishing rods, though the Labo can also be used for experiments and new creations. Take the Labo piano decked out with Zelda decorations up top, for example. Not only do the decorations include a Master Sword, but there are also tiny Koroks hiding in the landscape as well. Its creator, Chris Brazzell, says that various pieces… Read the full article…

4 brilliant personal logos – and why they work

As a designer, you ultimately live or die by the quality of your work – but some careful self-branding can do wonders to make you more memorable. Crafting your own identity is often the first step in setting up a design agency, but it can be a useful exercise for freelancers too. Self-branding can add personality to your services, or authority to your work, by positioning you as an expert in your field. As a freelancer, branding yourself can also make you appear bigger and more versatile. If you work in branding, it will also show what you’re capable of, and it’s good to practice what you preach. It’s not essential by any means, but if you’re going to do it, make sure you do it right. Read on to discover four freelance creatives who have nailed their personal branding, and what you can learn from them to create your Read the full article…

5 types of font and what to use them for

Picking the right font can be crucial for the success of a design project, whether it’s a tagline on a poster or an expanse of long-form copy for a piece of editorial design. Type shapes personality, determines legibility, and achieves impact. When you need to pick the right typeface for a brand, the importance of type is magnified as a few characters need to convey the values and personality of a brand, as well as helping to achieve standout from the competition. So how do you make that all-important choice? There are many factors involved, from the emotional features you need, to the types of application, to the technical, linguistic and logistic requirements.  One key step is choosing what class of typeface you need, so read on for our guide to how five distinctive varieties can have an impact on a brand… 01. Traditional serif North’s rebrand of Southbank Centre Read the full article…

Fortnite’s Summer Skirmish kicks off today, with $8 million prize pool

Fortnite Battle Royale has swept the gaming world. Alongside its 125 million users and record-breaking Twitch streams, the game has also drawn many competitive players away from their usual titles to try their hand at Battle Royale. Today, that competitive play reaches at inflection point. At 4pm ET, Fortnite Battle Royale’s Summer Skirmish will kick off, with $8 million going to tournament winners over the course of the competition, with a whopping $250K going to the winners of today’s tournament. This isn’t the first competitive Fortnite tournament we’ve seen. Celebrity Twitch streamer Ninja held a charity tournament in April, and Epic held a ProAm tournament combining competitive players and celebs who play Fortnite in June. Plus, sites like UMG and CMG have been holding smaller tournaments since Fortnite first rose to popularity. And then there are $20K Fortnite Friday tournaments for streamers held by UMG. But today, the ante has Read the full article…

Celebi Appears in Pokemon Go

Celebi has been officially released in Pokemon Go. At Pokemon Go Fest in Chicago today, attendees were given the chance to catch Celebi via the game’s Special Research during a Pokemon Go Fest-specific quest line. Warning: Spoilers for the full Pokemon Go Fest 2018 Special Research quest follow. The five-part quest led players across the event’s 1.8-mile walking course in Chicago’s Lincoln Park. The quest included tasks ranging from catching various types of Pokemon to finding the elusive Unown. Unown (which can take the form of 26 different letters or two punctuation marks) spawning in Lincoln Park during the event spelled out “CELEBI?,” which marks the introduction of the question mark variant in Pokemon Go. Read the full article…