Andrew Kropff

Marketing + Digital Design

Category: Art

Experimenting with D&D and Flat Design

In my limited free time, between projects and wedding planning, I’ve been putting together some artwork for a Dungeons & Dragons custom setting I’m building. The setting is inspired by sci-fi themes, so I looked to one of my favorite UIs for inspiration: Destiny.

Destiny’s UI was designed by David Cadland and it is my favorite UI in a game. The flat design is clean, minimal, and perfectly organized for use with the analog sticks of console controllers. When setting out to design my own content I decided I wanted to communicate my campaign setting’s sci-fi themes with similar flat design elements. The result is a fairly successful mockup.


Although overall a successful exercise, the format and styling was ultimately too sci-fi, so I opted to change the color and background to give it a more traditional fantasy feel.

I’m still not thrilled about the colors, and will probably end up making further modifications once the content is finalized. In the meantime, this has been a very fun project working in a style I haven’t had much experience with until now.


Try Something New for 30 Days

“Think about something you’ve always wanted to add to your life and try it for the next 30 days.” ~ Matt Cutts

This is something I’ve been wanting to do for a while now. June marks the first month of starting this and sticking with it. But for June I’m actually doing two challenges:

  1. Thirty day ab challenge
  2. Make a drawing everyday of June

This is apart of a larger 90-day strategy that I share with my fiancee while she’s out of the country doing research.

The idea is simple enough; it’s about improving oneself and exploring new experiences. I got this from a TEDTalk by Matt Cutts. I particularly love the novel idea and have joined NANWRIMO to facilitate writing a novel in November. I can hardly wait!

But another very important aspect of this challenge/strategy is the perception of time. We all hear and feel it too often; time flies. It simply slips away never to return. One of Matt’s thoughts on this is actually what appeals to me the most…

“Instead of the months flying by forgotten, the time was much more memorable.” ~ Matt Cutts