34 Best Design Reference Ideas – Get Your Inspiration Today!

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34 Best Design Reference Ideas - Get Your Inspiration Today!.
34 Best Design Reference Ideas - Get Your Inspiration Today!.

Design Reference Ideas

These mythical people appear out of nowhere and disappear into nowhere, not even honoring us with rewarding experience. In order to somehow remedy the situation, at least in terms of materials that will be useful to future level designers, I have compiled a small list of such materials in various formats.

Video Guides:

2019 Session by Jim Brown (Epic) on the role of negative space in level design. Principles of designing negative space, the impact on different aspects of the game and the perceptions of players:

34 Best Design Reference Ideas – Get Your Inspiration Today!.
34 Best Design Reference Ideas – Get Your Inspiration Today!.
34 Best Design Reference Ideas – Get Your Inspiration Today!.
34 Best Design Reference Ideas – Get Your Inspiration Today!.

The Importance of Nothing: Using Negative Space in Level Design
Excellent guide from Extra Credits. See how designers create dungeons by looking at one of the greatest examples in game history: Durlag’s Tower from Baldur’s Gate:
Baldur’s Gate: Dungeon Master’s Guide to Extra Credits Design Club
The five best game levels in 2019 according to Game Maker’s Toolkit:

5 Amazing Levels from 2019 | Game Maker’s Toolkit
Robert Yang’s stream recording (indie developer, streamer) from the Level With Me series, where he talks about the levels in the original BioShock:
Learning the Level Design Secrets of BioShock
Complete selection of Level With Me
All the same Robert Young on GDC talk 2019 talks about the conceptual understanding of what design levels mean, the current problems of modern architecture, and the methodology for critical assessment of level design in games:

34 Best Design Reference Ideas – Get Your Inspiration Today!.
34 Best Design Reference Ideas – Get Your Inspiration Today!.
34 Best Design Reference Ideas – Get Your Inspiration Today!.

Level Design in Day: Level Design by Robert Yang
A curious video about the principles of developing levels for open world games, with an emphasis on cooperative interaction of players:
Open World Coop Level Design Guidelines – Bauer Design Solutions
A good overview of the level of design ideas and solutions in Super Mario Odyssey:
The Design Behind Super Mario Odyssey | Game Maker’s Toolkit
Level Design Workshop at GDC 2019. A curious material from Clemence Maurer (Eidos-Montreal) about a balanced combination of level design, visual design of the environment and presentation of the plot in “Deus Ex: Mankind Divided”:
Level Design Workshop: Rewarding Exploration in Deus Ex: Mankind Divided
Video guide on how to create levels by the use of repeatable modular parts:
Modular Level Design
WEB-resources:

Mikhail Kadikov’s good blog about level design in Russian.
An article on vc.ru from the level-designer of the Skyforge project (Allods Team), now independent game developer Jaroslav Kravtsov, with useful recommendations for creating levels.
An article by Mohammed Ayub (level designer, Call of Duty modder) on developing a multiplayer map for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare:
Level Design Basics by Muhammad Ayub (Call of Duty)
Something useful can be learned from Marian Magloire (level designer Lion Game Lion):
LD-Course by Marian Magloire
Michael Barclay (game designer from Naughty Dogs) talks about the basic principles of level design:

34 Best Design Reference Ideas – Get Your Inspiration Today!.
34 Best Design Reference Ideas – Get Your Inspiration Today!.
34 Best Design Reference Ideas – Get Your Inspiration Today!.
34 Best Design Reference Ideas – Get Your Inspiration Today!.

How to Work with Level Design? by Michael Barclay
Website + blog for anyone interested in level-design and visual design in games:
World of Level Design.com
Ten principles of good level design from Dan Taylor (leading level designer Square Enix Montreal). Be sure to read:
Ten Principles of Good Level Design by Dan Taylor
Very interesting material about the structures of cities and their influence on the design of fictional spaces from the urbanist and game designer Konstantinos Dimopulus:
Game Cities: Those Handy, Simplified Urban Structures by Konstantinos Dimopoulos
Max Pierce suggests at first to carefully study the spaces where people actually live, before creating game levels (especially in a realistic setting):
Do Your Research: Where’s the toilet? (Level Design) by MaxPears
A few promotional article by Chris Totten (Professor of Game Science (Game Design, 3D Animation), Master of Architecture, Catholic University) with excerpts from his book An Architectural Approach to Level Design, which presents the main architectural elements that can be applied to Games (article with pictures 😉):
Excerpts from An Architectural Approach to Level Design
Platform Level Development
Super Mario Brothers 3 – Radek Koncewicz Level Design Lessons:
Super Mario Bros 3 Level Design Lessons
An article about the role of obstacles and space configuration in level design for Pete Ellis shooters (level designer Killzone).

How an Environment Layout Affects Difficulty
Russian version is here.
A very cool selection of materials on the level of design on the site of Mateusz Piaskevich (Mateusz Piaskiewicz, level designer CD Projekt RED):
level-design.org
Article and video selection on the design of the levels of the game Hob from 80.lv:
The Level Design of Hob
Max Pierce’s podcast, about which I already wrote above, about the level design:
Level design lobby
Useful books:
The Hows and Whys Levels by Sjoerd “Hourences” De Jong
Level Design: Concept, Theory, and Practice by Rudolf Kremers

34 Best Design Reference Ideas – Get Your Inspiration Today!.
34 Best Design Reference Ideas – Get Your Inspiration Today!.
34 Best Design Reference Ideas – Get Your Inspiration Today!.
34 Best Design Reference Ideas – Get Your Inspiration Today!.
34 Best Design Reference Ideas – Get Your Inspiration Today!.
34 Best Design Reference Ideas – Get Your Inspiration Today!.
34 Best Design Reference Ideas – Get Your Inspiration Today!.
34 Best Design Reference Ideas – Get Your Inspiration Today!.
34 Best Design Reference Ideas – Get Your Inspiration Today!.
34 Best Design Reference Ideas – Get Your Inspiration Today!.
34 Best Design Reference Ideas – Get Your Inspiration Today!.
34 Best Design Reference Ideas – Get Your Inspiration Today!.
34 Best Design Reference Ideas – Get Your Inspiration Today!.
34 Best Design Reference Ideas – Get Your Inspiration Today!.
34 Best Design Reference Ideas – Get Your Inspiration Today!.

 

 

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