My Design Process Of The Cover Design For Smashing Magazine Print Issue #1

My Design Process Of The Cover Design For Smashing Magazine Print Issue #1 My Design Process Of The Cover Design For Smashing Magazine Print Issue #1 Veerle Pieters 2019-09-18T12:30:59+02:002019-09-19T10:57:28+00:00 Back in 2016, Vitaly Friedman asked me to design the cover and layout for a printed version of Smashing Magazine, a magazine for web designers and developers. The design I created back then for the cover and inside template layout, however, was shelved for a while as the project was paused for about two years owing to other priorities. Later, after Smashing Magazine launched its new website, a new style was born, and the design I had come up with didn’t really match anymore. So it was dropped. (Large preview) Around mid 2018, the project was reignited, and I was asked to design a new layout template for the magazine. Later, around the beginning of this year, I also redesigned the Read the full article…

PlayVS picks up $50 million Series C to build out high school esports

PlayVS, the platform that allows high school students to compete on varsity esports teams through their school, has today announced the close of a $50 million Series C led by existing investor NEA. Battery Ventures, Dick Costolo and Adam Bain of 01 Advisors, Sapphire Sport, Michael Zeisser, Dennis Phelps of IVP and co-founder of CAA Michael Ovitz participated. This brings the startup’s total funding to $96 million, the vast majority of which was raised in the last 13 months. PlayVS launched in April of 2018 under founder and CEO Delane Parnell, who believes that the opportunity of esports is fundamentally broken without high school leagues. Through an exclusive partnership with the NFHS (the NCAA of high schools), PlayVS allows schools across the country to create esports teams and participate in leagues with their neighboring schools, just like any other varsity sport. PlayVS also partners with the game publishers, which allows Read the full article…

Here’s how cross-play will work in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare

The next game in the massive Call of Duty franchise, a reboot of the Modern Warfare series, launches in just over a month, in line with Activision’s annual release model. Yet new to this Call of Duty entry is cross-play multiplayer, so you can squad up with your friends across systems. Now, the developers at studio Infinity Ward have detailed how exactly cross-play will work in advance of an open beta that will support the feature kicking off this weekend. Cross-play in Modern Warfare sounds a lot like how it works in Epic’s battle royale shooter Fortnite, which has become the industry gold standard. Infinity Ward says that Modern Warfare supports keyboard and mouse and controllers on all platforms, and you’ll be able to choose… Read the full article…

Borderlands 3’s boring, evil YouTubers are a huge missed opportunity

One of the optional missions in Borderlands 3, a cooperative sci-fi shooter that released last week, is to bring a minor character some coffee. The task seems easy enough: go to a cafe, fix a machine, and find a container to hold the brew. Choose to accept it, however, and you’ll meet resistance every step of the way. A dozen people will die in a pitched battle over a single coffee cup in a corporate office. And absolutely nobody will find this strange. It’s morbid, silly, and a good example of Borderlands’ over-the-top parody. Borderlands launched in 2009, and it’s known for its mashup of post-apocalyptic tropes, space opera, and dark humor. Borderlands 3 repeats a now-familiar formula with mixed success. If you like the games, it’s a… Read the full article…

New Pokémon leeks

Pokémon Sword is adding an exclusive evolution to the series’s original duck, Farfetch’d. Sirfetch’d, a fighting type, gallantly wields a leek lance and shield combo. I haven’t adored a knight so dearly since the last time I saw Sir Ian McKellen in a halfway decent X-Men movie, but The Pokémon Company really outdid itself. Farfetch’d evolves into Sirfetch’d “after experiencing many battles” (like… most… pokémon?), and the genteel duck uses its beloved leek as a lance. Sirfetch’d is a noble creature that makes a “point of always battling fairly.” I want it to step on my neck. It is too honorable to do so. Like every plant-loving man I’ve met in Brooklyn, Sirfetch’d is extremely into its leek. “It maintains this leek over the span of… Read the full article…

FIFA 20 Review

I’ve had to reassess the way I’ve played FIFA this year, which is something I haven’t had to do in many years through all the tweaks, changes and so called “game-changing mechanics”. FIFA 20 feels different to previous years; in some ways for the better, but in others not. Volta, a brand-new way to play FIFA that offers a breath of fresh air to the series – albeit not without its own faults – is here, but does it come at the expense of the game as a whole? Last year, many of FIFA 19’s gameplay innovations were based on the attacking game, from timed-finishes to the basics of how the ball could be nudged into space with a flick of the stick. FIFA 20 swings the pendulum back the other way and puts much more emphasis on the other side of the ball. The way you defend has been Read the full article…

Take a Comprehensive Look At Apple Arcade’s Launch Lineup

Apple Arcade is the tech company’s biggest step into the world of gaming since first introducing iPhone apps with the phone over a decade ago. While the Cupertino giant has historically been hesitant to grasp gaming with both hands, Apple Arcade represents a keen interest in cultivating their gaming ecosystem. What is Apple Arcade? In March 2019, Apple revealed their Arcade subscription service. While details were a little light, Apple clearly signaled their intentions to create a space for original mobile titles that often chose to go for single-purchase pricing models. The iPhone creators seemed to see that more one-and-done titles were suffering in the mobile market and created a service to boost those kind of titles with funding and marketing from Apple themselves. Read the full article…

A Pain-Free Workflow For Issue Reporting And Resolution

A Pain-Free Workflow For Issue Reporting And Resolution A Pain-Free Workflow For Issue Reporting And Resolution Suzanne Scacca 2019-09-17T14:00:59+02:002019-09-18T11:06:06+00:00 (This is a sponsored post.) Errors, bugs and other issues are bound to arise in web development. Even if they aren’t outright errors, clients often have feedback about how something was designed, where it was placed or how certain elements work. It’s just part of the gig. It can be a very painful part of the gig, too. Take this scenario, for instance: Email #1 from client: “I can’t see the button anymore. Can you please put it back on the home page?” Email #2 from you: “Which button are you referring to? Can you send me a screenshot?” You try to call the client, but get their voicemail instead. Email #3 from the client: “The button to book a demo.” You look at the attached screenshot and see that the Read the full article…

Twitch acquires gaming database site IGDB to improve its search and discovery features

Amazon-owned Twitch has made a small but strategic acquisition designed to improve its search capabilities and better direct viewers to exactly the right content. The company is acquiring IGDB, the Internet Games Database (no relation to Amazon’s IMDb), a website dedicated to combining all the relevant information about games into a comprehensive resource for gamers everywhere. As a result of the acquisition, IGDB’s database will now feed into Twitch’s search and discovery feature set. However, the IGDB website itself will not be shut down. Founded in 2015 by Christian Frithiof and a small team based in Gothenburg, Sweden, IGDB sources its gaming content both through community contributions and automation. The site includes useful information for every game, like the genre, platforms supported, description, member and critic ratings and reviews, storyline, game modes, publisher, release dates, characters and more. You could also find less-common details, like how long it would take Read the full article…