Gaming

Today marks the launch RuneScape 3, the biggest update in RuneScape’s history. And after the Transformers Universe Closed Beta launch in December the second biggest launch for me here at Jagex!

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With a brand new age in technology, gameplay and story now the player must drive the future of Gielinor and leave their mark on RuneScape’s 6th Age. The changes in a bit more detail:

Technology:

  • HTML5 game client: The next generation of RS3 brings a big step up in visual quality with improving lighting, draw distance and colour, loading into your browser in moments, without the need for plug-ins or Java.
  • New audio engine: High-fidelity audio and music, featuring full orchestral pieces written by BAFTA Award winner James Hannigan and played by the Slovak Symphony Orchestra.
  • Seasonal high scores: Compete against your friends and the rest of the RuneScape community to rank on weekly and monthly leaderboards.

Story:

  • Dawn of the Sixth Age: The gods of RuneScape are returning. Entrusted as World Guardians, players have the power to decide which gods will win and lose in their struggles for supremacy.
  • The Battle for Lumbridge: An epic-scale world event which will shake the foundations of Gielinor, and one which is driven entirely by your actions. Week by week, your choices will shape the flow of battle and the fate of characters, locations and stories, and the ultimate outcome will set the course for RuneScape’s future.

Gameplay:

  • New Interface System: Designed for ease of use and massive depth of customisation, the NIS lets you quickly change RuneScape’s UI according to your play style at any given moment. It also includes feature upgrades such as key binding and a resizable minimap to put even more choice at your fingertips.
  • Upgraded camera: Overhauled and updated, a new in-game camera gives you the freedom to view Gielinor like never before.
  • New community website: Customise your community experience to your specifications, with a new easy-to-navigate website focused on your needs.
  • Divination: Prepare to unlock divine powers from your surroundings with a new skill for RuneScape 3, arriving a few weeks after launch.

Many teams across Jagex have spent months reaching this monumental point bringing players the best browser experience possible.

Try now, play for free!

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Web Design, Web development

mobile colchester screenshotI am very pleased to announce that we have launched the mobile version of the Visit Colchester website yesterday!

 

The mobile version of the site contains a wealth of information on events, attractions and accommodation in and around Colchester and displays a nice take on mapping for venues.

The website was designed and built by Severine Vidal and and is based on NVG‘s mobile modular CMS Pro. It features a host of new options and modules to maintain and update the site.

The site also has some lovely imagery, so it is definelty worth having a look!

Click here to visit m.visitcolchester.com

Good times :)

 

Web Design, Web development

The new Visit Suffolk website has been put live yesterday afternoon!

The website features some stunning imagery and inspiring text, coupled with good copy-writing. The site was designed by Jack Saunders and built by Tom Boyd on NVG’s modular CMS Pro, and features a wealth of cool features to provide visitors with a fantastic experience even before visiting this destination.

Click here to visit the new Visit Suffolk website.

Good times! 🙂

Web Design, Web development

The redesign of Discover Carlisle is live - whatwasithinking.co.ukThe new website of Discover Carlisle has just been put live.

The website features a lot of new content and is based on New Vision Group‘s new modular CMS and features a host of new options and modules to maintain and update the site, from dynamic tabbers, content-managed slideshows, over to the brand-new EA (Events and Attractions) browse pages and live availability information.

And the have a whole page on laser tagging!!! 😀

Click here to go to Discover Carlisle.

Happy days 🙂

Web Design, Web development

The new Go Leicestershire website went live last month, and already it has been very successful!

If you haven’t had a chance to look at it yet (click here to visit the website), the site features a range of new features such as:

  • New Vision’s brand new Modular CMS Pro
  • A host of new social networking integration options, from Twitter to YouTube, Flickr and more
  • Mapping using GPIN technology and a custom icon-set
  • A wealth of dynamic sliders and carousels (all content-managed!)
  • Content-managed forms, tying directly into the in-house CRM system
  • Integration with ePersonalisation and My Recommendations
  • TripAdvisor Integration on a DMS details level (both for accommodation and non-accommodation)

…and a lot more!

Read on for more screenshots and a video demonstration of the live site (by yours truly)…
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Web Design

3 ways to identify a font onlineWhen working freelance, some of the time when you are working on a client’s website or print material you are being given some sort of branding guidelines to adhere to. Some of the time these branding guidelines exist somewhere in a drawer in someone’s desk, but no one knows where. This is even worse when you have to do some maintenance on a client’s website and have to use an existing font, but do not have access to it or the client doesn’t know who supplied the original.

As a designer, it is your job however to make sure you are using the right font, or the closest font possible if that fails. Here are three great websites to help you on your search… Continue Reading

Usability & Accessibility, Web Design, Web development

FireFox extensions roundup February 2009 - The Best FireFox extensionsThose of you following me on twitter know I tend to spend a bit of time every couple of days in finding new extensions for FireFox (and sometimes Thunderbird) which are making my life as an Information Architect, Web Designer or Project Development Manager easier. These extensions may be some all of us have been using for ages but never really realised we had them installed, or some we really wanted to see or use for some time, but never really spent the time researching whether these extensions are actually available. This is the list of February…
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Information Architecture, Web Design, Web development

Strategies for working with developersWorking in a busy office is one of the best parts of being a designer or information architect – you can bounce off ideas, discuss projects with others and get their input, and you can generally have a good laugh.

That is until the time comes where a new project is being started or requirements are being updated. Usually then some sort of “rivalry” will ensue, and in 90% of the cases it will be between a designer or information architect and a developer or development coordinator. Scope was not fully explained or defined, the design is too complicated to build, or data is not coming from the sources it was meant to.

In those times frustration can quickly result in stress and lack of commitment to a project. Let’s see what we would do to remedy that…
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