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Portal box art cover
By avatar TheSlyder 41 on October 27th, 2010

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TheSlyder 41 [ 8 years ago ]

This little diddy is an in-between project. It's very minimal, very simple, and besides the drawing of the Portal Gun, the whole thing probably took twenty minutes (Including the time it took to hunt down a Helvetica font, and browse through all of my technical instruction manuals for references)

At first I was really iffy about finalizing it with such negative space on the back, but I like it that way, and it reflects a real manual, so I'm going with it.

As per usual, tell me what you think, check the printable link for a higher resolution version, and here's a "clean" version (Sans coffee stain and faded paper color)

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I didn't plan it like this, but since I recently found out that I had just achieved 500 total favorites, I guess you could say this is a throwback to my very first box (Portal), which got me a whopping 11.

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Apollo 41 [ 8 years ago ]

It seems nice, and I like what you're going for, but it's not not 100% for me.

Though I do like the coffee cup mark and the double stamp on the back, nice touches

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beardedwalrus 40 [ 8 years ago ]

It may not be much, but this is pretty damn creative. Nice work, man.

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Flexx 26 [ 8 years ago ]

I think you would have done well to put a slight texture on the paper, but it's a cool concept nonetheless.

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TheSlyder 41 [ 8 years ago ]

#4, That's a good suggestion for the presentation. I might still go back and add that, since I messed up with the gun's picture and didn't notice until recently.

Though its original intent is to be printed off, in which case the paper texture's absence won't be an issue.

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Sonic the Hedgehog 38 [ 8 years ago ]

Interesting concept.

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spypilot 42 [ 8 years ago ]

sorry slyder, not feeling this one. its really bland and has nothing really special about it. It looks as if it took 2 seconds to make. now, i know the portal gun you made, and i must say it looks nice.. it adds nothing to the box. it looks more like it would be a manual to the game rather than the case itself.

I usually love your work, but this feels kinda rushed :/

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TheSlyder 41 [ 8 years ago ]

I feel like you're kind of missing the point, Spypilot. It's supposed to look mundane. It's supposed to look like a manual cover for the device. It was definitely not rushed. Considering how simple it looks, it took a longass time to make. Very tedious work.

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spypilot 42 [ 8 years ago ]

#8, i know what its supposed to look like, but it doesn't make much sense for it to be a cover for the game.
besides, you said it only took 20 minutes. im not looking to argue here, but thats my opinion, it feels almost too simple. maybe make a cover for the game using a not as simplistic approach and make this the manual or something.
it just doesnt feel like a cover to me, thats all.

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TheSlyder 41 [ 8 years ago ]

Fair enough. Looking back it sure seems like it took a lot longer. I know I at least watched a full episode on Nick at Nite while only tracing the portal gun.

Anyway, you're entitled to your opinion, and I can understand why you might feel that way.

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Ricardo 24 [ 8 years ago ]

Maybe you could put a warning stamp on the back saying what the computer says when you first grab the portal gun in the game. "...Do not look at the operational end of the device..." though if its a warning it would make more sense if it goes on the front...hmmm maybe for a back ground you can duplicate the portal gun(still leaving the original in its place) and enlarge it so that it takes up the whole composition(front, spine and back) and fade it a little.

Not sure how that second suggestion would look but just trying to give ideas so the back isn't almost completely blank

Great idea, it fits the game perfectly. I love it.

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Box 33 [ 8 years ago ]

I like the concept, but I think the text on the front should be smaller.

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LooseJuice 28 [ 8 years ago ]

Although I did chuckle when I saw the coffee ring on the front (I know this isn't humor), I really don't see anything special about this. I get what you're going for and I think it does look like a manual but it's really nothing special.

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TheSlyder 41 [ 8 years ago ]

Okay, I took some of your advice(s?), and I actually feel a lot better about it. I had a bad case of burnout from working on it and was too eager to finish it to come up with decent content. After taking a day or two and returning to it, the ideas flowed much more naturally.

I doubt these differences will really blow many of you away, but I'm sure most of you will agree that it's better than before. I actually find myself in mild disbelief that I was so accepting of the negative space on the box previously.

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mchapra 33 [ 8 years ago ]

The update makes it seem more shitty and stupid, you suck, go die in a corner.

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TheSlyder 41 [ 8 years ago ]

Somebody sounds extra grumpy today. Did you miss your nap?

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mchapra 33 [ 8 years ago ]

#16, No, fuck you, poopyhead.

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TheSlyder 41 [ 8 years ago ]

Nanny nanny poo-poo, stick your head in doo-doo. Mchapra wets the bed and picks his nose.

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Eggboy'13 48 [ 8 years ago ]

Go to your room Ashton. Don't come out til you can be nice.

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spypilot 42 [ 8 years ago ]

i like it better now, but i feel it needs to have a spine that reads "portal" because i would never imagine seeing this on shelves if the case never mentioned it was portal.

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Mariolee 42 [ 8 years ago ]

For the style you wanted to achieve, you did it perfectly. But as a video game boxart, it really is dull if you know what I mean. As in, I wouldn't go rushing to print this out, but it's a really neat idea.

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TheSlyder 41 [ 8 years ago ]

#20, This isn't meant for shelves. It's meant for personal display, and anyone who is going to display the game isn't going to need the spine to tell them the title, especially when it has a recognizable logo like the Aperture camera shutter on it.

Glad you think it's neat, Mariolee. I too, think it's neat. In fact, I might go so far as to call it neato torpedo.

Just to make sure you guys know, the tiny print on the back isn't legal info. It's supposed to be read.

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HellKnight 27 [ 8 years ago ]

I enjoyed this the first time around, now that you have added a little more to the back, I love it. I am a big fan of simplicity, you know, less is more. Very nicely done Slyder.

Oh, and the text at the bottom on the back, nice touch ;)

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Insomnium X 25 [ 8 years ago ]

For the "legal info" at the bottom I would fav it again if I could, it's brilliant. You should've mentionted it in the first post though, I din't even bother looking at it before

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TheSlyder 41 [ 8 years ago ]

Thanks a lot guys. I guess I just expected you guys to read my mind and know that the text on the back was worth reading. Thinking about it, I'd probably dismiss it as fake legal text like on most normal boxes and not read it if I didn't know better.

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sd1833 47 [ 8 years ago ]

I swear I commented on this already, strange.

Anyways, it has a nice charm to it, a unique feel I'd expect from something of yours. I like the subtle touches (like the 'legal' info) that really add to the Portal theme, and Aperture's insane scientific experiments. Although, it's really bothering me that the legal text isn't centered.

Still, this is great work Slyder. Not something I'd expect to see on a store shelf, but I understand that's not the point.

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Eggboy'13 48 [ 8 years ago ]

I just relized just how clever the line, "Simulation Software" really is..

I kinda feel like pulling up a chair and having a coke while we wait for this problem to be solved.. Like a traffic jam that lasts for a week, I feel like we need to get out chairs and make a fire in the middle of this e-Road...

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Spiderpig24 47 [ 8 years ago ]

Really creative and unique, I like this quite a bit. I especially like the text and the legal info on the back.

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TheSlyder 41 [ 8 years ago ]

I didn't realize it wasn't centered, sd1833. Thanks for pointing that out. I may get on this later tonight to fix it up. I may also see if anything else needs retouching while I'm at it.

I'm glad you guys feel the text on the back helps it. I really felt like it added some meat to the project.

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Unknown Flames 33 [ 8 years ago ]

Creative.

A fuck load of it.

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Little Gandalf 5 [ 8 years ago ]

A totally different take for a cover. Love it!

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eat nade 38 [ 8 years ago ]

lol

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ikhaoticzz 4 [ 8 years ago ]

neat

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