Fortnite is coming to Android this summer

Epic Games’ massively popular battle royale game Fortnite is coming to Android phones this summer, the company announced in a developer blog post this morning. The post, titled “The State of Mobile,” broke down a number of new features the game’s mobile team has been working on. Those include a customizable HUD, which launched earlier this week, and a new voice chat function exclusively for mobile. “We know that communication is key when you’re squadding up for that Victory Royale, so we’re working to bring voice chat to mobile. On top of that, you’ll be able to chat with your teammates regardless of platform,” the blog post reads. Epic is also working on strong opt-in options and muting features to make sure voice chat is not abused…. Read the full article…

Illuminate your 3D work with Dome lights

The use of Dome lights has been one of the greatest advancements in CGI creation over the past decade. Bathing a scene from every direction used to be computationally intensive, but with advances in both hardware and software, the Dome light has emerged as an efficient way to start lighting your 3D art.   This is because a Dome light can embed an image-based light image (IBL, also known as HDRIs). This is a single image of a real environment or one created by an artist which, when mapped into a Dome light, instantly re-creates the lighting environment.   These images are usually saved in a 32-bit format that captures nearly the full range of available light, and allows lighting to be created with a rolling falloff with no ugly clipping or banding. As the images have a full range of captured light they can be adjusted either with more Read the full article…

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More Than Pixels: Selling Design Discovery

More Than Pixels: Selling Design Discovery More Than Pixels: Selling Design Discovery Kyle Cassidy 2018-05-17T14:10:03+02:002018-05-18T15:22:16+00:00 As designers, we know that research should play a pivotal role in any design process. Sadly, however, there are still a lot of organizations that do not see the value of research and would rather jump straight into the visual design stage of the design process. The excuses given here tend to be: “We already know what our customers want.” “We don’t have the time/budget/people.” “We’ll figure out the flaws in BETA.” As designers, it is important that we are equipped to be able to have conversations with senior stakeholders to be able to sell and justify the importance of the so-called “Design Discovery” within the design process. In this article, I’ll demystify what is meant by the term “Design Discovery” to help you better establish the importance of research within the creative process. I’ll Read the full article…

Uncover invisible effects in the new issue of 3D World

This issue we take a look at not just some incredible projects (from Adam to Altered Carbon) but also an in-depth look at some of the tools used to create some of the environments used in them. We explore invisible visual effects to uncover some of the astounding work carried out that isn’t explosions, superheroes or aliens. We bring you some of the best training, to help you build your skill set to include the creation of jointed models in Zbrush, animatable vehicles using iClone, as well as our regular Q and A section. > Buy 3D World issue #235 now Not only that but we cast our expert eye over the latest releases, to help you decide what’s the best investment for your time and money. This month we take a good look at Substance and Zbrush 2018. Tutorial: Create action figures Create poseable action figures with this Zbrush Read the full article…

Designing a Portfolio Website with Oversized Typography

You’re reading Designing a Portfolio Website with Oversized Typography, originally posted on Designmodo. If you’ve enjoyed this post, be sure to follow on Twitter, Facebook, Google+! The goal of any portfolio site is to showcase your work. That’s a given. But you also want to sell your work in a way that grabs attention. You can do this with visuals, or by focusing just on content. Or by … Read the full article…

This WordPress Theme Follows the Latest Design Trends – and the Results are Stunning!

You’re reading This WordPress Theme Follows the Latest Design Trends – and the Results are Stunning!, originally posted on Designmodo. If you’ve enjoyed this post, be sure to follow on Twitter, Facebook, Google+! How to stay relevant, if you are a web designer? You need to put in the time and effort needed to keep pace with the latest design trends. As is the case with the latest technologies, new trends in design … Read the full article…

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 will feature a Fortnite-style battle royale mode

After announcing the game back in March, today, Activision has finally provided a glimpse at the next Call of Duty. Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 (unfortunately styled “IIII”) will ditch the series’s traditional single-player campaign, and instead focus on multiplayer. (There will still be narrative elements, but they will be weaved into the multiplayer modes.) That multiplayer focus will include the now-standard “zombies” mode, as well as a brand-new addition: “blackout,” a Black Ops take on PUBG and Fortnite-style battle royale. The mode will pull characters and locations from previous games in the subseries, take place in what Activision describes as the biggest map ever featured in a Call of Duty game, and include ground, air, and sea… Read the full article…

Have designers become lazy?

This article was originally published in Summer 2017.  Jonathan Ford, the founding creative partner and CEO of brand design agency Pearlfisher, recently claimed that “designers have become lazy” (watch the talk here). It might sound shocking, but with the huge influence of technology, social media and viral trends on designers today, does he have a point? Earlier this year, a bar in Bridgnorth, England, caught the internet’s attention thanks to an ‘efficiently designed’ poster for its music nights. Looking for all the world like a text exchange between a client and a designer, it went viral as it left viewers wondering if the designer really did simply take a screenshot of his smartphone, send it to the printers and call it a day. Is this poster as lazy as it seems? It’s a piece of design so simple and effective that some designers might be left kicking themselves. It didn’t Read the full article…

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We’re Really Excited for These Two Just-announced Games

Welcome back to Game Scoop!, IGN’s weekly video game talk show. This week we’re talking Rage 2, Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon, the Mario movie, and more. Watch the video above or download the podcast below. Download Game Scoop! Episode 484 Or subscribe in iTunes and never miss an episode. Subscribe to the Game Scoop! YouTube channel and never miss a video. This episode of Game Scoop! is sponsored by ForHims. Read the full article…

I’m not ready to give up my Nintendo 3DS yet

The Nintendo Switch has dramatically altered my expectations for a video game console. Prior to the existence of Nintendo’s tablet, I placed games in one of two buckets: there were full home console or PC games and portable releases. That line has blurred to the point of being nonexistent because of the Switch, and it’s only continued as games like Fortnite have become available on every conceivable device with a screen. In 2018, the existence of a dedicated gaming handheld can seem quaint, like a product of an older era. But I still have at least one reason to keep my Nintendo 3DS around: classic-style role-playing games. I came to this conclusion while playing the remixed version of Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey, which came to… Read the full article…

6 techniques to help better manage your time

Time management is one of the most difficult things to get your head round as a designer. Deadlines looming, working from home with distractions, family commitments, clients requesting amendments… it can all get a bit much.  While there are many techniques to managing one’s time, I find that the simple approach works best – at least for me. But works for me may not work for another, plus, things change, so being able to adapt to any situation is important. With that in mind, let’s take a look at some ways to help you beat procrastination and better manage your time. 01. Use a calendar Whether you opt-in on a digital calendar, like Google Calendar, or you prefer to go old school and use a daily planner or wall calendar, there really is no better way to help manage your time. Remember, though, it takes time to keep it up-to-date, Read the full article…

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How to Create Good Error Messages

By Steven Hoober In this column, instead of talking about one of my usual topics—tactics to avoid errors—I’ll discuss how to work within constraints and pragmatically address real-world issues. During the software-development process, your team may ask you to design an error message. Annoying edge cases all too often pop up—usually too late in the process to fix the issue in any other way. For starters, I never write what I’d call error messages. Admittedly, I occasionally use that term—in the same way I might use words such as sitemap—just at the beginning of a conversation to orient everyone to my process. Just as I did in the title of this column. But I then switch to a more meaningful term and get everyone to talk about exception messages. Read the full article…

Avoiding Half-Assed User Research

By Jim Ross Although we can’t always spend as much time and money as we’d like to conduct user research and there are times when we need to take shortcuts, there’s a fine line between discount user research and half-assed user research. UX professionals have always had to fight to get user research included on projects. Because of time and money pressures, we may have felt justified in cutting corners to fit in whatever user research we could. After all, even a little user research is better than none at all. Isn’t it? Yes, taking clever shortcuts can reduce the time and cost of doing user research—and, sometimes, conducting at least some user research is better than doing none at all. However, if you sacrifice in the wrong areas, you can end up gathering incorrect or incomplete information that can lead to poor design decisions and, ultimately, waste far more Read the full article…