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Arcade type game screenShort phrase illustrating the font News706A major revolution happened in the 1980s with arcade games and this was spearheaded, in particular, by one game developed originally in Japan and which subsequently appeared all over the world. Unfortunately I have never been able to play games on a computer because I have problems with the flashing graphics and with the sound but if I were then this is one game that I would probably have enjoyed.

Okay, I am not going to incorporate this in the 1989 room or, indeed, in any of the 1980s work that I and doing but, it is part of that decade’s heritage and thus I thought I would take a few minutes and create my own version. Never having played the game I realise now that there are some issues but nevertheless it was an interesting exercise to do and something different to create.

The font used is News706 designed by Jackson Burke who from 1949 to 1963 was director of type development for Mergenthaler-Linotype, an important firm who developed the font, Trade Gothic, that appears just about everywhere. To illustrate the font I have included a demonstration using one of my favourite short(ish) pangrams.

If you wish, you can also see larger versions of this and, of course, my other designs and patterns for interiors on my Flickr page, a link to which is here.

Cinema 4D Irawan Cloth Shader

Cinema 4D Irawan Shader

Cinema 4D Irawan Shader

Since release 16 (I think) Cinema 4D has had its own cloth shader in the reflectance channel, the Irawan Shader, and I have been waiting for a good time to try it out.

Well, that time has arrived and the post yesterday used that shader for both the material on the sofa and the carpet. For those interested in such things I have posted above (and on Flickr) a detail of the image which shows the effect better.

For both textures I used only the reflectance channel, using a coloured layer mask in much the same way that C4D use for their sample materials. Yes, I know there is some moiré which, if I was clever, I would have got rid of by upping the anti-aliasing but overall, I am pleased with the effect.

Not For Midcentury Technology

This pattern, which I have called Weston Tech, is destined eventually for technology cases and notebook covers on Redbubble.

The pattern itself is very mid-century in its motifs and colours (although the background is perhaps more modern). The idea was to create a cover that was busy yet which was also harmonious and appeared to have (as it does) some underlying structure. In essence it is no more than a fast repeat with some elements mirrored.

I was pleased with the overall result which appears structured as well as having definite up and down breaks which confuse the eye and make the result just a little less predictable. As the title suggests, this is for modern and not mid-century technology! I will upload it eventually to Redbubble and I will show you the result later.

There are two images above and they show the straight repeat and then the half drop version which is the final version that I shall use (sorry that they are at different scales).

This is really a note for myself to say that this image was finished using Corel Perfect Effects.

As ever, you can also see larger versions of this and our other work on our Flickr page which is here.