A:R: The Fable series// Research 1

From both sets of feedback over the last week, I’ve been breaking down many of the links with in specific aspects with in the game and I’ve never really been able to think in such depth about a game series before… well, I have once, but not with a game such as this one.

For example, the character Reaver. I found out he was based/influenced by Lord Byron. From then forth, Is tarted to look in to the quests or situations that involves that character with in the games; following on from that, I started to think about how much involvement he really has with your character in the game, and he does appear to play a big role. He’s either your ally or your enemy depending on your choices.

From there, I figured I could probably take the research even further by making comparisions to the characters dress style to a real life dress style and just looking in to who or what era inspired it.


When I start to look at these things in particular, it seems like I will soon have to apply this same method to the narrative style or even the mediums and materials I use to see what works.

A: The Fable Series.

I couldn’t narrow my project in to just one of the games, as there’s a lot of different things from each of the games, that Ifind interesting or want to look in to. You’ve got the fantasy-like theme from the first game, the lost chapters and the later ones seem to progress into the industrial revolution. Also, there’s a few of the dialogues which I would really like to work on.

For example this, spoiler and yes, it’s Stephen Fry:

I did start to think that scenes such as this, or narrations for quests or the cut scenes to help the transition of the story would be interesting to approach, as I’ve chosen the Author section.

Iwould like to re-create these narrations in my own style, or re-interpret them.

CIP: Research- Layout.

Thinking back on all of the research, ideas and feedback I’ve obtained in such a short period. I’ve started to look at Ray gun, as a source of inspiration.

Designed by David Carson. Carson is known for his use of type play and involving it in his designs.

I can name one aspect that I enjoyed about his designs, which is: how well the text works on the images. Ifeel that his choice of colour scheme works well, they link back to the photographs.

After going through his designs,  I know that I want to do a more, illustrated approach to the design of the layout, but there was a thing that I did come to notice, during the feedback for the mock up. I was trying to squash too much on to one page.

So, if you refer to my previous post about the changes of what to have in the content, then you know why I’m bringing this up.

I went to the library yesterday and checked out some books about design, and Itried to look at more animation or art related books to look at how they place their images on the page with text.

Athing I didn’t want for my book was lots and lots and LOTS of text to go with my images. Iwant a brief description; over all, my intention was to have a design that’s minimal in a way, but plays on aspects of my design style. I like bold colours, while I like pale ones too. Ilove lines. Ilove quirks. Continue reading

A:R: Research||Book binds and more box design ideas from Pinterest.

After looking at all of the information collated; plus the photographs and sketches etc. I’m starting to now consider more ideas towards my box and book. I need to keep in mind that both of the objects will need to show CLEAR communication to my audience of the experience obtained at Brick Lane. So, I had some ideas which I already discussed with a few peers with in our studio in the first week, but I’ll say them now:

  • For my box, as people associate Brick Lane mainly for it’s Brick structures, art pieces and graffiti, I’ve been thinking about producing a box that either resembles a brick or a known structure with in the area.
  • Perhaps making a diorama of where I went in Brick Lane or Brick Lane is, but instead, I can pinpoint with in the 3d structure, where I had my experiences and put them here.

    So, as these were the only few ideas I’ve thought of so far, I did a bit more searching around Pinterest for ideas about Boxes again.


This was a nice example I found. It helped me to think more about the size of both the book and the box, but also, to be considerate about how the book needs to have a link to the box in its design.


Recreating a building on Brick Lane? but having it as a 3d model kind of box? I could also add a adjustable flap to it, where the brick wall opens up to the book?

As the location is quite.. filthy, messy.. there’s junk and little or string lying around in most alley ways or side streets down there, it feels extremely gritty. I could reflect on this through the book binding, by having the book bind be not so clean and tidy?

I may consider binding it by string/thread.

I’ve created another board on Pinterest, just for the thought of this idea.





A:R: Reporter: Development +Research| Brick Lane and its history.

As I’ve collected quite a bit of interesting images, drawings and notes on this location, I feel that this is most likely going to be the place that I’ll focus on for this project. It’s got so much inspiration and every day, there’s always something new to discover.

I did a bit of background checking on the place itself, I looked in to how it became the place it is today and it’s hard to believe that Brick Lane wasn’t even known as that from the start, nor did people start settling in to the place until the Romans had left.

“Places outside the wall became gateways for migrants into London. The incoming communities brought the trades for which the street would become well known, and in one particular case, the trade it was named after.” —LONDONIST

I’s quite an interesting article because it starts to give a very detailed story about how the name originated, what kind of communities came in and populated the area and how there was a major change with in that one part of London.

CIP: Collection: Checking Blurb details and creating/testing colour pallets.

After figuring out, that I may need to look more in to the production and figuring out how I would like to manafacture the design/outcome for the portfolio book. I thought it would be a good idea to go check out Blurb. I figured out, that from the pricing and with the magazine-like portfolio books I would like to construct, I worked out that they would provide what I need and would be able to put the book together cheap and more professionally than I could ever could.

Other than that, I did some more exploring of their website and found some portfolios that have been created by other people.

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There are some layouts that work well o tell the story of the work produced, and the ideas and thoughts put in behind the creators work. I feel that a couple of them wer very clear, even through the lack of text, but I noticed that even with text and image placed together, they were able to make it presentable and readible.

After careful thinking about these aspects, I wanted to start thinking about what kinds of colours I would like in the content of my book. Yes, I would include colours I use or that would relate to me, but I started to put together some pallets of colours that I thought worked well together or would be nice to work with on individual pages or even a whole book, as I’m considering of splitting up the books in to categories.


Pallet 1, 4 and 6 were definitely ones I was most fond with, but I would need to test them first with in a document to see if they really do work well with each other.