Independent By DesignIndependent development studios
Written by industry veterans Stace Harman and John Robertson, Independent by Design is a collection of works by some of the gaming industry’s most renowned independent developers. Each chapter tells the story of one of the 20 independent development studios featured, giving readers insight into the personalities and inspirations behind a number of the indie scene’s most iconic titles.
The history, triumphs, and motivations are revealed through beautifully reproduced artwork, thought-provoking essays, and in-depth interviews with key members of each team.
Total creative freedomThe visual impact it deserved
We were given total creative freedom over the design and layout of the book, which allowed us to take full advantage of the striking imagery produced by the studios. The minimal design hints at the content contained with its subtle pixel-block pattern and play button icon, whilst the bright yellow colour was chosen to give it a playful feel. Images ranged from full-page digital paintings to tiny 8-bit figures, so it was important that the spreads worked to give each style the visual impact it deserved. To achieve this, we began sorting images into small groups that worked well together, deciding which needed their own space before tailoring the layouts around them.
Kickstarter campaignHigh quality, beautiful design
The Kickstarter campaign was featured as a ‘staff pick’ and exceeded its funding goal by over £2,000 thanks to 635 backers. Since its launch the book has received numerous positive reviews from the gaming press, who have praised its high quality and beautiful design. The reception from the public has been as equally positive, with many of the campaign's backers returning for more and purchasing a transcript edition of the book.
Invaluable feedbackRKH perfectly understood our goals
”We're delighted with the work and service we received from the talented team at RKH. The entire design process, from producing early concepts to applying finishing touches, was impeccably well handled. All of our discussions with the team, and with designer Dominic Palmer in particular, were constructive and positive. RKH perfectly understood our goals for the project, provided invaluable feedback on our ideas, and their design expertise contributed countless touches, both broad and detailed, to add immeasurable value to the finished product. We're excited to work with the team at RKH again and look forward to creating another quality book as visually striking and well produced as this one."Stace Harman and John Robertson, founders of Indie By Design Ltd