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Jeff Rothe said in September 16th, 2008 at 11:40 am

I couldn’t tell by the way it was written above, did you think that the Arcadeshop multi artwork was nicely designed? You mentioned later that it is busy.

As a designer, I wouldn’t really even throw the work ‘design’ into the mix. They threw every logo possible on a blob cutout. I think it is total junk, but serves a volume purpose.

You have some design skill, and I’ve been watching that thread a little bit on the custom stenciled artwork. I would love to throw my hat in on that topic but really to have an opinion would need to start designing something…that could be a goal without an ending time, and how has the time to do that for free?

But I liked the fact that you made a stab at these and showed a couple of variations. I personally like the composition of the Robotron character the best, although not the most universal for all the games.

I know on your designs I would either separate the two logo / fonts from each other like did in the Joust design, or work the ‘Classics’ text into the rounded red circle in some other fashion and some other font. The two fonts are too different in form to work together.

I know it was common on Williams artwork to have one primary character on the sides, even though the didn’t always compose the best with the side of the cabinet. I tend to agree with the topic on klov that using ‘Multi’ is overdone…

It would almost seem to me like the best path to take would be to make a somewhat new character specifically for the Multi game artwork and have the Williams Classic text incorporated.

Somehow, I don’t think that will happen though 😉

Jeff Waldron said in September 16th, 2008 at 2:50 pm

@Jeff: As far as the Arcadeshop art goes, I think they did a decent job if the goal was to assemble all the different brands into the artwork. I think that approach ends up being too cluttered. As far as my “designs”, I was just playing around trying to see if any particular design caught my eye. I still haven’t been struck by any of the ideas I’ve come up with, so I am continuing to mess around with it. I’m just having some fun thinking about how I would do something vs. what others have come up with. I’ve never really done that before since I’ve always focused on restoring original designs.

Jeff Waldron said in September 16th, 2008 at 2:55 pm

Just a quick note on how I chose the Williams logo in the rounded block, and the Classics font. First, the Williams block is directly taken from Moon Patrol. I liked the way it looked. The Classics font is just a computer style that caught my eye. I thought about using one of the “video game” fonts out there, like the fonts displayed on the video screen, but games never used those styles of fonts in their artwork. They usually use something unique, and I thought that the computer font was unique and yet technical.

Matth Jenks said in July 8th, 2014 at 9:03 pm

I’m sure by now you’ve seen the T.O.G. williams multi sideart. (I know this is an old post.) But for what it’s worth, it definitely isn’t busy:
http://www.thisoldgame.com/products/multi-williams-printed-side-art

Jeff Waldron said in July 9th, 2014 at 4:53 pm

@Matt, As a matter of fact I did see those, and I chose to go with the stencil version for the Stargate cabinet. I haven’t done a post on it yet but I picked up a set of the stencils a few months ago. It will look great!

Matth Jenks said in July 28th, 2014 at 5:45 pm

Awesome, I like the stenciled look. I’m in the process of trying to DIY a Joust side art stencil with printer paper and x-acto knife. We’ll see how that turs out…

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