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In the Beginning

In Design Strategies, Written by Tiffany on April 13, 2011 at 4:18 pm

I’d like to tell you a story. In fact, I’d like to tell you several.
The stories I’d like to tell you are about beginnings. They’re origin stories. Some of them are familiar, like the stories my parents told me about how life began.

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Top Down vs. Bottom Up: The Middle Road

In Design Strategies, Written by Thomas on March 30, 2011 at 11:52 am

This week I’m going to fill you in on the strategy I’ve been talking about this whole trilogy: the Homebrew approach of mixing together top-down and bottom-up design. Wanna know how to have your cake and eat it too? Read on. Read the rest of this entry »

Top Down vs. Bottom Up: Starting Small

In Design Strategies, Written by Thomas on March 21, 2011 at 10:30 pm

Some storytellers like to have everything planned out: they’ll know exactly how many pimples the villain has roughly 1000 years before you ever hear of him. (Nothing wrong with that!) Some like the thrill of not even knowing who their characters are until they sit down. If you’re the former, you should read this article to understand the other side. If you’re the latter, you should read this article to understand yourself. (Cue life changing epiphany.)  Read the rest of this entry »

Top Down vs. Bottom Up: Starting Big

In Design Strategies, Written by Thomas on March 14, 2011 at 6:19 pm

People’s opinions on the top down vs. bottom up debate are often only marginally more rational than on the raging issue of which way a roll of toilet paper should hang. In the spirit of neutrality, over the next three weeks I’ll be discussing the pros and cons of top down, bottom up, and my own special approach: both. Read the rest of this entry »