This is an editorial illustration that was done back in 2002 when an article was published about an inscription in stone found in or near Jerusalem and written in a language and script of 2,000 years ago that bears the word “James, son of Joseph, brother of Jesus.”

I was asked today to dig up some illustration work that I used to do when I was an Art Director in Healthcare. So I found some of my old work and I am putting it here for people to see and I am also updating my professional site with the work as well. I have also dug up some other illustration work (editorial) that I will be scanning and updating so be on the look out.

Enjoy!

 

(Tien Zi Que) TZQ Game Company – http://zmangames.com/

Vasilakos Design recently developed a packaging design for Z-Man Games, a publisher of games. The project consists of:

Rulebook – Cards

About the Game:

(Tien Zi Que) TZQ is an entertaining pocket MahJong for two. It uses a unique selection of MahJong tiles and adds new color codes for end of round scoring. All you need is 5 cards in hand and little or no MahJong knowledge to play. After four rounds of play, the player with highest score wins the game.

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Neuroshima Hex – Duel Expansion Game Company – http://zmangames.com/

Vasilakos Design recently developed a packaging design for Z-Man Games, a publisher of games. The project consists of:

Tiles – Rulebook – Game Board – Tokens

Check out the Core Set: http://alexlikestodraw.com/?p=97

Check out my online portfolio to see more samples of the work: http://vasilakosdesign.com/

About the Game:

Duel is the second expansion to Neuroshima HEX! The box has the same format as the first expansion. It includes two new armies: Smart and Vegas, and a new board as well.

Both armies are well known to all fans of Neuroshima Role Playing Games. Smart is a part of the Moloch army which mutinied and decided to fight against humans as well as against machines. These is an extremely deadly force. Every ally adjacent to Smart’s HQ has the ability to move. It makes this army very flexible and dangerous.

On the other hand there is Vegas, army of men whose weapon is bribery. They can bribe any enemy unit that is adjacent to Vegas’s HQ to make it attack another unit. If your units attack Vegas HQ, you can not be sure when they will stop attacking Vegas and turn to attack you!

In the box there is a new board as well, with new skills on it, special spaces and new rules.

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Neuroshima Hex – Babel 13 Expansion Game Company – http://zmangames.com/

Vasilakos Design recently developed a packaging design for Z-Man Games, a publisher of games. The project consists of:

Tiles – Reference Cards – Rulebook – Game Board – Tokens

Check out the Core Set: http://alexlikestodraw.com/?p=97

Check out my online portfolio to see more samples of the work: http://vasilakosdesign.com/

About the Game:

Babel 13, an expanded NY military base, has lost contact with its HQ. The lonely defenders must face an enemy they have never seen before: the forces of mutated nature, the Neojungle. The battle for survival begins.

Neuroshima Hex: Babel 13 is the 1st Neuroshima Hex expansion. In this box you’ll find two new, unique armies (heavy armoured forces of New York and the Neojungle full of beasts). Also you’ll get terrain tiles that rebuild and modify the main board allowing players to play different scenarios. Inside the box there is also two players campaign “Babel13” which allow players to play four exciting closely connected scenarios which resolve in deadly final game!

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Cleopatra’s Caboose Game Company – http://zmangames.com/

Vasilakos Design recently developed new packaging design for Z-Man Games, a publisher of games. This project consists of:

Rulebook Design – Card Design – Token Design – Player Summary Card Design – Map Design

Check out my online portfolio to see more samples of the work: http://vasilakosdesign.com/

About the Game:

The train game based…in Ancient Egypt?!?

Cleopatra’s Caboose is a train game for 3 to 5 players that’s based in Ancient Egypt. Each turn, players bid for the right to utilize a game designer of their choosing which denotes both the turn order and a special ability that can be used that turn.

Players construct tracks, ship fruits to cities that need them, construct buildings for victory points and to improve a city’s status, and build pyramids to make a city more prestigious. Be careful, though; you have a limited amount of money and actions in which to accomplish your goals! Manage both wisely and become the Emperor of Ancient Egypt!

To keep up with my previous post on listing a few things that can help you get the perfect web site design here is part III:

Here are a few items that any web designer or web company will recommend to any client that approaches them for a website design. When looking for a web designer watch out when paying someone to build it. Not only do they need to offer you suitable and appropriate design abilities, but they also need to understand usability, recommend. critique and give you an evaluation of your company’s image and provide solid suggestions that will help and not hinder your business. Before picking a designer ask for references, look for testimonials, contact people that they have done work with in the past – do a little research it can go a long way. This is what will set a professional designer or professional design company apart from the guy that has the programs and gets templates and calls himself a designer.

I will go in further details on the following items to keep in mind, here is what you should keep in mind when getting the perfect web site design:

  1. Take your time
  2. Get professional advice
  3. Don’t be afraid to ask for changes
  4. Communication with your designer

Starting a website to help your business or even to provide information should be done right and can involve many factors. Below are some items you should consider and have some understanding of.

Domain name: You need an address for people to go to, do some research and investigation on possible domain names for your site. If the obvious is taken think of the next best solution. Your domain name is very important and you want something that customers or visitors can remember. But it should also reflect your business name or your product and services.

Target Audience/Market: Who is your target audience and what is your goal with the site. Your website should speak to your audience and get them to do what they came there for.

Design: Crucial in the look and feel of the site, you may think you can design something – but there is more to design than getting a template and implementing it. There are some crucial factors that go into web design.

Content: Your information and how it is presented is very important. Are you trying to get people to buy stuff or are you providing information. It is key that you have a professional write your content, don’t just pull content from other marketing material you may have. It just won’t sound professional.

Hosting: Your site has to be somewhere on the web. Locate a company who can provide you excellent customer service, remember you pay for what you get.

Marketing: You should have a plan in place. How are you going to get people to your site, both online and offline. You should consider Search Engine Marketing and other marketing for your site. If you spend all this money on your site what good is it if no one can find you in the Google sandbox.

Did you know that visitors that come to your website end up forming an instant opinion. They form it about your company and what you are offering. They can’t help themselves, their instant opinion is formed in their subconscious. Why does this happen? This has nothing to do with your content or the imagery that is on your site, even if you spent a great amount of money on your site. 

The color scheme on your web page can tell your visitor different things. A particular color scheme could convey a certain emotion – good feeling, anger, depression. In essence, you might send a sense of trust, warmth and belonging. The following list can give you an idea of the emotions that are associated with colors:

 

RED Excitement, energy, danger, love, leadership, sense of power, strength

ORANGE Comfort, steadfastness, cheerfulness, courage, confidence, playfulness, friendliness 

YELLOW Curiosity, brightness, organization, intelligence, joy, amusement, caution 

GREEN Harmony, nature, money, healing, health, life, food 

BLUE Trustworthiness, stability, peace, tranquility, love, acceptance, patience 

PURPLE Nobility, dignity, independence, royalty, luxury, ambition, wisdom 

BROWN Reliability, nature, comfort, tribal, earthiness, durability, primitive 

BLACK Sophistication, dramatic, power, formality, style, health, elegance 

WHITE Innocence, cleanliness, fresh, goodness, easy, simplicity, purity 

When you decide to design your website, you need to ensure that the color scheme you decide to use is consistent with what you are trying to tell your visitors. The difference between the right and wrong color scheme on your website can mean the difference between someone staying or someone leaving your site right away. 

To keep up with my previous post on listing a few things that can make you a successful project manager I am going to highlight on of the items here today:

  • Communicate
  • Organize
  • Solve Problems/Make Decisions
  • Adaptability
  • Build Good Teams

Your team is the success of your project, actually your team is the backbone of your project. Without a team you will not have a successful project. We can’t always choose our team, sometimes we come into a situation where the team is already in place, but you can choose how to manage, develop and get stuff out of them. Really look at how vital your team is to the success of your project and you as a PM. The time you spend with them and the energy you provide them (engaging with them and motivating them) can give you a high level of performance which will produce a quality product.

Some people ask me how you motivate and engage with your team to produce high quality products? Make sure you understand the vision that you are trying to achieve and be able to communicate that clearly to your team. Also make sure you provide the team the expectations you want from them and what the client is looking for. By making sure you are clear and show the ig picture you will only have success. During the project process ask the team how they feel about the project, treat them like people not cogs in a machine. Show them testimonials from the client show them that their contribution matters to the project. Also be a team player – listen to the needs of the team, challenge them, build a sense of trust and stick with them through thick and thin – don’t just abandon your team to do the project be a part of the process.