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Games Design students design Granimator App artist packs

Course: BA(Hons) Games Design

UCLan’s Games Design course is excited to announce that two of their artist packs have gone live on Granimator™ which can be downloaded from iTunes, raising the profile of Games Design at the University.

Award-winning London based company, ‘ustwo’™, known as the 'Studio of Dreams™', has gathered free packs from international artists to fill the Granimator App with a variety of styles and choice. ustwo™ is a digital design studio that delivers pioneering user experiences as digital partner to the world’s leading brands.

The Granimator™ is a graphic wallpaper creator with a difference. The player can select a choice of shapes, styles and backgrounds which they can draw onto the stage and edit to create wallpapers. Each shape has a sound that can be varied – background music also to the fun of the App.

‘Retro Romance’ Artist Pack by Games Design Course Leader, Bev Bush, is created from her own vintage doodles from age 14 and is a genuine snapshot taken from aspects of 1970s British girls' pop culture.

As a teenager, Bev loved the picture stories in 'Jackie' magazine and drew endless images emulating the comic style. Chicks with long eye lashes and flicked hair arrange dates with hip guys who say ‘Hey’. Mix these with doodles and speech bubbles and you get a real blend of ‘Retro Romance.’

‘Cannon Fodder’ is an artist pack by Games Design students at UCLan that has been produced for the Granimator™ App on the iPad from a live brief.

It’s a mixture of the styles and skills taken from a cross section of images. Here creatures that can only be described as ‘Cannon Fodder’ reside in a world of varied digitally painted backdrops, alongside a medley of weapons and three dimensional props. These are stereotypical images that come together in an assortment of combinations with gaming sounds and music by Chris Bush, to create snapshots of current trends in gaming culture. 
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