The lot of a designer is a tough one. Sometimes words come easily. Other times, it’s an unending struggle to even complete a decent paragraph.
That’s why I’m a huge fan of anything that can help me design better and quicker. Getting in the mood to work is very important. I often listen to film soundtracks while I design—particularly when slaving away over an adventure—but recently I’ve discovered something else that’s handy ear fodder for my design time.
I’ve previously used Syrinscape in-game to build atmosphere—that’s what it’s for—but (until recently) I’d never used it as a backdrop to design. However, a friend mentioned to me the other day that you could install it on your computer. Previously, I’d only installed it on my iPad and somehow I’d not noticed the Mac version of the software.
This provides a handy tool for designers.
So, when you are designing, just pick a soundset related to what you are working on and off you go! For example:
- If I’m designing a dungeon, I might listen to the Flooded Cavern soundest.
- If I’m designing an encounter on a ship I might listen to the High Seas or High Seas Battle soundest.
- If I’m designing a dragon’s lair, I might listen to the Dragon Battle soundest.
- Instant atmosphere! It’s as simple at that!
What Helps You Design?
Do you listen to film soundtracks? Do you design in silence? What other aids do you use to help you design? Let me know in the comments below!