Here’s your New Year update (and Happy President’s Day)!
InDesign’s Data Merge feature is amazing. Using it, I found I could create a template for card layouts and using a spreadsheet, it auto-generates each and every iteration of a set of cards. Making edits is also really easy as it simply required updating the spreadsheet and re-populating the Data Merge. Before this, I was laying out each and every individual card in a 3×3 grid using Illustrator and while I tried to make everything pixel perfect, it was only good enough for prototypes.
All of the credit here goes to Daniel Solis and his specific blog post here. I forget how I found his blog but I’ve been following it for some time now. From art direction and graphic design to game production and game design, I find each post really useful. Daniel also hosts a Skillshare class that goes over the Data Merge in-depth in addition to other tips and techniques. While I haven’t taken it myself since my mediocre CS skills suffice, I think even just the Data Merge portion makes the class well worth it.
Fun fact, both Daniel and I come from an advertising background (he from the creative side, me from the account side).
In my last post, I mentioned I was in the process of making Thumbtack Games’ logo. A former classmate of mine, Namphuong (you can view her kick-butt portfolio here), graciously took on the project and I am proud to have it finally make its debut.
Fun fact, similar to Daniel and myself, Namphuong also comes from an advertising background.
DriveThruCards is a POD (print-on-demand) service and was one of the options I was considering in my last post. Truly taking it heart about taking it one step at a time, I shifted mindsets and think a POD service is the better way for me to go instead of a Kickstarter campaign. I can execute using it much faster and there’s less risk since I don’t have to pay anything upfront. Kickstarter is still an option in the future but for Overflow, POD feels like the right way to go. Learning Data Merge was a huge convincing step and in the next few months, my goal is to utilize DriveThruCards to print some nice prototypes to bring to a Bay Area Unpub/Protospiel event. More on that to come!
Fun fact, DriveThruCards comes from an advert- KIDDING!
With Data Merge in my arsenal, Thumbtack’s logo finalized and DriveThruCards’ potential, it’s all becoming that much more real.