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Final Six Ages Logo

Six Ages Logo Design

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Several of the Pixel Parlor staff count themselves as gamers and were especially excited to work with local veteran game developer and designer, David Dunham of A Sharp recently.

David has been developing games and game assets since ’99. His most popular game? King of Dragon Pass: blending interactive stories and resource management into an epic saga of conflict, magic, and community. Now in the middle of developing a successor to KoDP, David reached out to Pixel Parlor to develop a logo for “Six Ages.” Just like KoDP, Six Ages takes place in the ancient mythological world of Glorantha. Who’s ready to dust off their 20-sided-die?

The Process

First, we want to get as much information from the client as possible. David was very generous and shared with us in-progress character designs and illustration so we could better visualize the world of Six Ages. We also conducted our own research pulling inspiration from classic adventure games like Zelda, Monkey Island, and Dungeons & Dragons. Ready to get started, we began sketching and painting letterforms.

 

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From these sketches, we moved on to digital artwork. A couple important design elements explored here were runesas the game centers around various elemental magicand the horse-head dagger. The dagger is based on Karasuk-type weaponry. These are a just a few of our in-progress favorites that didn’t make the final cut, but we love just the same.

The Final Product

After various rounds and discussions with the client, we have the final logo.

Final Six Ages Logo

 

We can’t wait to see more from David and A Sharp as the game continues to progress. If you’re curious about the game’s development, follow along on the Six Ages website, the development blog or Twitter.

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Five Years

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Today marks our studio’s fifth anniversary. It’s been a great experience thus far, and we have three groups of people we’d like to thank.

 

Our great clients: thank you for being open to our design recommendations on all fronts: identities, websites, marketing strategies and collateral, signage, messaging, and more. You help us keep things interesting from day to day, and we love seeing your companies and organizations continuing to grow and expand.

Our web development partners, printers, and fabricators: we appreciate the support in helping bring the design to life, be it a wayfinding system for a campus, an ecommerce website, or an annual report – thank you.

Our current and past team members and freelancers: you’re the backbone of this operation, and bring personality and fun to all of our work.

Thank you for a wonderful and exciting first five years!

Andrew & Jenn

2016 B Corp KPI update

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As 2016 begins to come to a close, we are upon another review and assessment of our work to become a better B Corp. Every two years in November, we review all of our finances, clients, collaborators, and resources to see if we are working to improve our processes to make our studio a better B Corp.

To quote B Labs, “B Corps are for-profit companies certified by the nonprofit B Lab to meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency.” We work hard to be a good business, and to collaborate with great local, beneficial, sustainable, and socially responsible clients and vendors. Besides the recertification process, we track our progress via KPIs (Key Performance Indicators)—these are the easiest way to communicate our commitment to the general public our progress without getting caught up in the hard numbers used to calculate our KPIs.

AS OF MID-SEPTEMBER 2016 OUR KPIS ARE AS FOLLOWS:

22% of our studio’s revenue is from not-for-profits.

61% of our clients are purpose driven enterprises.

This means that the businesses that we work with do great work to make the world a better place. These are businesses that go the extra mile to give back and do more. Purpose driven enterprises aren’t not-for-profits, or necessarily B Corps (yet), but they are working their way towards a better business model, supporting under-represented populations, or promoting the arts or education for a smarter, more creative world.

This means that 83% of our revenue as a studio is derived from working with not-for-profits or purpose driven enterprises. This goes to show that trying to do good, and collaborating with good businesses and organizations is a truly viable, and vibrant business model. This is something we are incredibly proud and excited by.

83% of our clients are local to Philadelphia.

This means that the majority of our revenue is generated from clients are within 100 miles of our studio, and that our work goes to support the local economy.

100% of our employees are local to Philadelphia, and live within the city limits.

 

THINGS WE NEED TO WORK ON:

Only one of our clients is a B Corp. We are really bummed about that. It seems that as a business, it is easier for us to source B Corp Certified products, than to find local B Corps to collaborate with. We are working on it, and so are they, in 2016 hundreds of new companies have become B Corps.

Only 3% of our clients consider themselves to be sustainable. We need to work on this, and maybe the world does too. Yet again, it seems to be easier to source sustainable resources and suppliers, but more difficult to collaborate with them as clients. Mental note for 2017!

Thanks for listening to our update we will keep you posted with the results of our upcoming B Corp recertification.

*All KPIs are based on Pixel Parlor data from 2013-2016.