Andrew Kropff

Marketing + Digital Design

Tag: inspiration

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.


Design Your Ideal Self

Sometimes it is hard to get inspired. If you are looking for a way to take your vision and aspirations and make them into a reality, this is a great start.

Simply take a few minutes to write  down what your ideal day would be like. Try to fill in as many sensory details as you can and remember to only write down what you’d like to happen on that day and leave out everything else.

The idea is to commit to this ideal scenario of yours by taking it out of your head putting it out on the material world. By doing so you are creating a goal to achieve and designing a solution oriented towards your specific goals.

A friend of mine who did this exercise started with a page which turned into three pages and eventually an entire novel and screenplay.

We all need focus, and this exercise is designed to help keep us focused on solving the problems that come between us and our ideal reality.

Remember, focus only on the wanted awesomeness of your ideal day in your ideal world.  Let’s get there.