Need feedback / help for Steam Loren icon

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Need feedback / help for Steam Loren icon

Post by jack1974 » Thu Oct 31, 2013 7:55 am

So Aleema and I are going nuts trying to make the Steam icons... :oops: next time I'll make a game with a shorter name!
Anyway, on Steam you have various banners/icons/etc, for the bigger ones is not a problem. The problem is for the smaller ones, in particular the so called "Small capsule image" that is 231 x 87 px!

Is better to show you examples. This is what I have right now in my control panel:
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the large one is fine, I like it. For the small ones, I had to use another font otherwise it was really hard to read. But Aleema said that is better to include Loren's image in it, and I think she's right. She sent me those tests:
1) example of it would look in the Steam site listing:
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2) the small capsule itself:
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I like Aleema's image, the only problem is that the title/font/logo is not really cool. Readability is not much an issue (with a title so long is hard to find a font that can be read well) but is more like that it's not catchy/cool enough.
What you think? any feedback would be greatly appreciated. Any mockup/test/example would even be more appreciated!! 8) thanks

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Re: Need feedback / help for Steam Loren icon

Post by jack1974 » Thu Oct 31, 2013 8:14 am

An user on twitter also suggested that I just use the text "Loren RPG", because this way people browsing the catalog knows immediately that is a RPG game. I think is not a bad suggestion :)

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Re: Need feedback / help for Steam Loren icon

Post by ozzytizer » Thu Oct 31, 2013 12:10 pm

I want to disagree on the Loren RPG idea, which in of itself isn't a bad concept but here is my reasoning: I think there should be consistency in the title/logo for the game. In this case I think that means the red title and gold subtitle logo is more official and should be stuck with even if it starts to get small. I'm just wondering though, could you use the background of the in-game world map as a background for the small design? I think the red and gold with the green background might be nice, but design is not my specialty and I'm going on memory for the moment. I may tinker with it today, if I do I'll send you my attempt.

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Re: Need feedback / help for Steam Loren icon

Post by Aleema » Thu Oct 31, 2013 2:19 pm

From what I can see, no other Steam capsule image has slang or shortened terms for their game. Also, the genre of the game is always displayed next to it. People will know it's an RPG. :P

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Re: Need feedback / help for Steam Loren icon

Post by jack1974 » Thu Oct 31, 2013 2:29 pm

Ah doh true, the genre IS displayed just next to it :lol: yes then better find a way to have the full game text/logo display in the small capsule :)

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Re: Need feedback / help for Steam Loren icon

Post by Lonestar51 » Thu Oct 31, 2013 4:03 pm

I think the pic from Aleema in the first post (with face) is fine. OK, you will not be able to read "Amazon Princess", but if you look for the game you look for Loren anyway.

I might move the text a bit away from the face, but only a bit. Like in the Alone in the dark pic.

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Re: Need feedback / help for Steam Loren icon

Post by P_Tigras » Thu Oct 31, 2013 10:40 pm

I think the last little pic by Aleema looks plenty sharp. The text font/style is strong and no nonsense, just like Loren's personality. And it's a little late in the game development cycle to change the title. I could possibly see dropping the extraneous "The" at the beginning of "The Amazon Princess", but all that would do is improve readability since it would shorten the title and enable a slightly larger font. And it was already stated that readability isn't the real concern here. Dropping the "the" wouldn't have any real effect on the "coolness factor", which again, I think is just fine as is.

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Re: Need feedback / help for Steam Loren icon

Post by Aleema » Fri Nov 01, 2013 12:25 am

Tried making some examples to show different positions and title variations.
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And just to show what it looks like with the original red for the "Loren" in the logo:
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Re: Need feedback / help for Steam Loren icon

Post by jack1974 » Fri Nov 01, 2013 7:45 am

My favorite is the first one, I think that moving the "subtitle" a bit down it would even be possible to use a slightly bigger font for it :)

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Re: Need feedback / help for Steam Loren icon

Post by nullzero » Thu Nov 14, 2013 3:46 am

I like the initial version with Loren and the full text even if "The Amazon Princess" is hard to read in the small icon. Also looking at the title variations, I like the yellow version better than the red one.

The version with the background castle and text seems to miss a bit of the impact.

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