14 March 2014

Picture This - How pictures work by Molly Bang

This book was fantastic. It reveals simple but effective rules on the dynamics of images and how we understand them. The main focus is how we associate with different shapes, colours and their composition, and how this can be manipulated to produce certain responses from a viewer. The principles explored here would apply to any visual field, and it's certainly well suited to level design and game art. I now have a much better understand of what shapes work well in different environments, how to lead players attention using different colour/size/shape techniques, and controlling how a player feels in a space. It will be interesting to apply this to some things I'm currently working on.