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Bonsai Slice: The Twists and Turns in Game Development

Posted by Rebecca Blake on May 27, 2014

Illustrator Joey Ellis has published an eye-opening account of his travails in developing the iOS game, Bonsai Slice (by Playground Theory). The game is fairly simple: players attempt to slice through a variety of objects, assisted by a tree-stump dwelling robot residing in a Japanese garden. Users play the game by making slicing motions with their device, and rack up points, giving them access to a variety of swords. As simple as the game’s premise sounds, the development of the story, characters, and visuals was a two-year journey. And as Ellis writes, “where you think you'll end up is never ever where you actually end up.”

Paperwork: The Project Journey

Posted by Rebecca Blake on May 15, 2014

The UK-based Illustrators’ Union has created “The PaperWork Campaign,” which translates effective project management into simple steps, illustrated as a journey. The campaign breaks a project into four parts: First Contact, Agree to Proceed, Do the Work, and Project Wrap-Up. For each stage except “Do the Work” (which is self-explanatory), key questions and tasks are identified. The campaign covers often overlooked steps, such as setting copyrights and usage rights at the outset, or updating financial records and setting aside a percentage to cover taxes when the project concludes.

Art Licensing: Free Teleclass and Member Discount on Webinars

Posted by Rebecca Blake on April 30, 2014

J'net Smith of All Art Licensing has announced her Summer/Fall schedule of licensing webinars and teleclasses, and is offering a mix of free and discounted events. Her “Ask J'net” free teleclasses are open to anyone, and are a live phone event in which participants can submit their questions on any aspect of art licensing. Upcoming “Ask J'net” teleclasses are scheduled for May 14 and July 16. Smith has also extended to Guild members a deep discount on her licensing webinars. Her next scheduled webinar is “Character Licensing,” taking place on May 21 from noon to 2 p.m. PDT. The discount code for this webinar can be accessed by logging into Member Central on the top right of our website, and visiting the Professional Discounts page.

Happy World Communication Design Day, and Happy Birthday Icograda!

Posted by Rebecca Blake on April 28, 2014

April 27 marked both World Communication Design Day, and Icograda’s 51st birthday. The organization marked the anniversary by soliciting graphics on “What a Designer Does,” and posting them on the event’s Facebook page. The submissions – from around the globe – speak to designers’ ability to create, connect, problem solve, amuse, and envision.

Copyright Forums and Roundtables

Posted by Rebecca Blake on April 24, 2014

The Copyright Alliance notified us that the Internet Policy Task Force (IPTF), a working group within the U.S. Department of Commerce, has scheduled a number of roundtables on copyright issues. In following up on their Green Paper on copyright issues in the digital economy, the IPTF is soliciting input from artists and creators on their concerns. On May 8, the IPTF is holding a second public meeting in Berkely, California, on problems creators face in handling online piracy as a result of the lack of standardization in the DMCA (Digital Millenium Copyright Act) takedown process. Roundtables have been scheduled at Vanderbilt University and Harvard Law Schools, and in Los Angeles and Berkeley, throughout the summer. The public is encouraged to attend, and the discussions will be viewable via webcast.

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