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I imagine the majority of you are screaming "DUDE, SHAPE LAYERS" right off the bat. I'm bringing this up because I have some personal concerns and require a bit of feedback. I suppose this is really the question of vector vs raster in disguise, but I'm trying to avoid that for as long as possible.

I consider my design workflow somewhat old fashioned compared to nearly every video I see on GUI design, in that, I hardly ever use shape layers (not even for circles :O). This is my first concern, but not because I feel I'm doing something wrong. My work equally has hardly ever required something to be resizable as an end product, making the immediate benefits of shape layers dissolve quite quickly. I prefer to use marquee tools to draw and sculp my shapes, using raster fills wherever and however I can. It's simply what I'm used to, and there's comparatively no time difference to using shape layers to achieve the same thing.

A couple of quick reasons I use (/prefer?) working in raster are 1: I love ultimate control over every single pixel, to the point of drawing my own anti-aliasing (...yes), and 2: shape layers can quickly become a huge mess to work with when 10+ intersecting shapes come together to sculpt just one thing.

Concern #1
I've always encouraged people to use what they're most comfortable with, it makes perfect sense. However, I've been asked over the years to consider providing tutorials and tips. I've been wanting to begin a youtube channel covering GUI design from the ground up for a while now. Not mere quick tuts, but thorough in-depth GUI analysis and practical details of design. My concern is that if I'm seen to be working with raster, I'll be doing an injustice to beginners by not using the most commonly used tools, or, they'll be put off entirely.

Concern #2
I have the option of forcing myself to use shape layers more. However, after ten years of perfecting the use of the tools I use, I feel it would be a mistake at this time in my career to throw out everything I know just to learn a new workflow with no improvement in results.

My choices (well, thoughts)
- Move with the times, adopt the workflow of those around me, and hold the channel until I'm ready.
- Do what I do, but try to cover shape layer alternatives in my videos wherever possible.
- Take pride in the fact I do things differently and encourage that attitude.
- Make the channel focus more on the principals of GUI and less on the artwork.
- Stop over thinking it! Some people even use tablets to paint their interfaces.

I feel there's a void in the area of learning GUI which I'd like to attempt to fill. I love sharing knowledge with people, and equally gaining it from them. I just need to get over this circle of thoughts before I can move on. Your thoughts are utterly appreciated!

- Lance
  • Mood: Questionable
Serum VST GUI by Pureav
Serum VST GUI
[See video link below to see it in action =D]

Super, SUPER proud to finally present this thing! Over the past three years, I've had the pleasure to work with audio plugin developer Steve Duda on brand new monster of a software synth. Today, it was released to the public for the first time. The hype has been huge. The official product page can be found here:

www.xferrecords.com/products/s…

Also recommended, here's a video walkthrough of its core features from John Lehmkuhl of PlugInGuru:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=TYhnSu…

About the GUI
Over three years, the GUI has been through many, many variations. This is the first VST GUI I've built from the ground up, so I had the freedom to also exercise my brain in layout and usability - something I wish I had with standard bitmap replacement skinning. For those of you who come to use Serum, some areas may seem a little cramped, which is due to last minute ideas that weren't a part of the original design. Also, the WT Editor popup is the ONLY page I haven't touched (4:51 in the video above). It was put together by somebody else to help get it out of the door while I worked on other things. I'll no doubt tackle that page in a future update.

That's about it for now. Sorry for the shitty resized thumbs of the other pages. I'll eventually get around to putting full res of each page once I've tidied any remaining bits and pieces.

- Lance
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Lance Thackeray
Artist | Professional | Design & Interfaces
United Kingdom
Born/living in Beverley, East Yorkshire, England, spending each day plonked in front of my computer trying to make sense of both the world and myself. Wild imagination, past experiences, mild autism, and a sometimes skewed perspective of my surroundings, all swirl together and fuel what I might consider to be creative energy. I do graphics and music and shit. ♥

Twitter: twitter.com/lancethackeray
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I imagine the majority of you are screaming "DUDE, SHAPE LAYERS" right off the bat. I'm bringing this up because I have some personal concerns and require a bit of feedback. I suppose this is really the question of vector vs raster in disguise, but I'm trying to avoid that for as long as possible.

I consider my design workflow somewhat old fashioned compared to nearly every video I see on GUI design, in that, I hardly ever use shape layers (not even for circles :O). This is my first concern, but not because I feel I'm doing something wrong. My work equally has hardly ever required something to be resizable as an end product, making the immediate benefits of shape layers dissolve quite quickly. I prefer to use marquee tools to draw and sculp my shapes, using raster fills wherever and however I can. It's simply what I'm used to, and there's comparatively no time difference to using shape layers to achieve the same thing.

A couple of quick reasons I use (/prefer?) working in raster are 1: I love ultimate control over every single pixel, to the point of drawing my own anti-aliasing (...yes), and 2: shape layers can quickly become a huge mess to work with when 10+ intersecting shapes come together to sculpt just one thing.

Concern #1
I've always encouraged people to use what they're most comfortable with, it makes perfect sense. However, I've been asked over the years to consider providing tutorials and tips. I've been wanting to begin a youtube channel covering GUI design from the ground up for a while now. Not mere quick tuts, but thorough in-depth GUI analysis and practical details of design. My concern is that if I'm seen to be working with raster, I'll be doing an injustice to beginners by not using the most commonly used tools, or, they'll be put off entirely.

Concern #2
I have the option of forcing myself to use shape layers more. However, after ten years of perfecting the use of the tools I use, I feel it would be a mistake at this time in my career to throw out everything I know just to learn a new workflow with no improvement in results.

My choices (well, thoughts)
- Move with the times, adopt the workflow of those around me, and hold the channel until I'm ready.
- Do what I do, but try to cover shape layer alternatives in my videos wherever possible.
- Take pride in the fact I do things differently and encourage that attitude.
- Make the channel focus more on the principals of GUI and less on the artwork.
- Stop over thinking it! Some people even use tablets to paint their interfaces.

I feel there's a void in the area of learning GUI which I'd like to attempt to fill. I love sharing knowledge with people, and equally gaining it from them. I just need to get over this circle of thoughts before I can move on. Your thoughts are utterly appreciated!

- Lance
  • Mood: Questionable

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SAN666 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
THANKS FOR THE FAVS .........
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SimonBarja Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014  Student Interface Designer
Hi Lance. I wanted to ask if you had XDJ III version available for Xion????
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Chrispynutt Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014
I'd rather have a Pureav design, than Material Design. This is the truth.

Hope all is well.
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SimonBarja Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014  Student Interface Designer
Hi Lance. I wanted to ask if you had XDJ III version available for Xion lol because I've been following the post on the official website of Xion long time and I love your new creation for Xion. For me the best. I appreciate you proporcionases the skin when finished. Hopefully soon because it's spectacular. Thanks :) Happy
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Pureav Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
Hey man. It's very close to being done, but I have other priorities at the moment. It's not too far away, though...keep a look out!
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coltsevers Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014
Hello, are you still available to do GUI designs for crestron touch panels something like lars and dean you have done for guifx.

i would be interested in buying a bespoke design package from you..

could you let me know if this is something you can do, be much appreciated.

thanks in advance
paul
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Victhor Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014
Ey hello! Look, I've read some time ago about how you feel about group's submissions, so Im contacting you before going any further.
I recently created a group of Winamp and UI fans, and I would like to add some of your works in our UI concepts section (winampers.deviantart.com/galle… if its ok with you. I'll wait for your confirmation before sending any request.
Thanks in advance!
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Pureav Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
Hey man. Sounds good to me. Which pieces are you wanting though? I don't really want to spread any of my older work around (which is almost all of it) as I have plenty of new stuff coming. Feel free to send a group request though and I'll decide either way. Cheers! =]
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Victhor Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014
Mmmm.. Somehow that's too bad , because a lot of what I feature is quite old.. But it's OK, I trade that for a couple of your new submissions when they are out hehe..
Now, seriously, I'm sending the requests! Thanks! 
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Pureav Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
No probs man. I've just gone through and said yes  to the ones I don't mind being out there. I'm glad you wanted my latest Sylenth skin...that's the kinda stuff I'll be doing from now on. Oh and XDJ 3 is just around the corner.

I had to say no on a few though...I feel genuine embarrassment from half my dA gallery. No point in advertising yourself as having 4 or 5 years less experience than you actually have. =]

Cheers!
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