Design

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Making a WeChat Mini Game: Part 2 – Mini Games versus Mini Programs

This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series Making a WeChat Mini Game

WeChat mini games sound very similar to WeChat mini programs, but there are important differences to understand. A mini game is NOT just a mini program which happens to be a game. In fact, the Mini Program rules explicitly disallow game and quiz-type content in mini programs: 6.2. WeChat Mini Programs must also not contain any …

Making a WeChat Mini Game: Part 1 – Background

This entry is part 1 of 2 in the series Making a WeChat Mini Game

I can remember attending GDC China in 2009 and one of the keynote speakers stating earnestly that “mobile games were a waste of time because they didn’t monetize” – that the real opportunity was to build social games on Facebook which could leverage a user’s social graph. The speaker was of course completely wrong about …

On Visual Hierarchy

What is Visual Hierarchy and why it’s important? Designer’s job is not only making something beautiful but also arranging the content clearly and making an interface work well so the user never get lost. And that is possible by creating visual hierarchy. Visual hierarchy is the organization of items on an interface. It is so …

Making your own Shanghai street sign

At my recent engagement party we had designed some personalised Shanghai street signs! A lot of people asked me how to make one, so I thought I’d provide a tutorial. If you’re not familiar with Shanghai street signs, this is how modern signs look! You’ll still find older green signs around Shanghai, but all signs in …

Helping Local Entrepreneurs

LeiPing, originally from Sichuan, has been successfully running her own business as a masseuse and skincare specialist here in Shanghai for over 8 years. How can we help small-size entrepreneurs in a way that enables them and their business to reach out to new markets? We took a short break from our usual work and designed a …