Archive for the ‘Design’ Category

Project: Fightstick (Part 1)

February 23, 2009

Last week marked the release of Street Fighter IV on consoles. I’ve always fancied an arcade joystick, really the best way to play such fighting games. Unfortunately I missed out on getting my hands on one of the very limited SFIV sticks (currently being sold on eBay for £200-£550!!). Looking around on the net I discovered lots of people have built their own joystick, and taking inspiration from some stunning examples, I’ve decided to design and make my own.

Put simply, creating the stick breaks down into…

  • Stripping the PCM board out an old controller
  • Building a box from wood and plexiglass, with holes for the buttons and joystick
  • Soldering wires between the PCM board and the buttons

I have enlisted the help of my friend, an electrical engineer, for the soldering and my brother is keen to help build the box (unfortunately he lives in Australia!). I have ordered the following parts from Gremlin Solutions. They are high quality arcade parts from one of the best manufacturers in the world, Sanwa..

  • 6 x OBSN-30 (White) for Punch/Kick Buttons
  • 3 x OBSN-24 (Blue) for Start/Select/360 Guide
  • 1 x JLW-TM-8 (White ball top) Joystick

Parts are going to take a week or two to arrive. Meanwhile I am designing the box in Adobe Illustrator, and working out the best layout for the buttons.


Design Portfolio

July 18, 2007

I’ve put together a new webpage showing some of my designs. You can find it by clicking here or on the portfolio links at the top and right of this page. You can still see the more in-depth portfolio on my flickr design page.

Joystiq Competition

February 3, 2007

I entered a photoshop competition last month on Joystiq. While I didn’t win, my entry was in their ‘best of the rest’ picks! Not too bad. The idea was to photoshop the cover of the videogame “Lost Planet” to become Lost-something else.

Madchester website

October 18, 2006

I recently redesigned a website for the Edinburgh club nightMadchester, which is run by a work colleague. It’s a pretty simple site, hand coded in HTML.

I am currently working on a new site for the company I work for, Events Armoury. It’s a far more complicated project, using HTML, CSS and Flash. It’s coming along well, I’ll post a link once it’s finished.

Re-designed again!

May 1, 2006

I seem to redesign this website more than I update the content! However, I like to practice my web design skills with this site, and have lots of ideas to include in this new version.

For anyone interested, I have moved to a new webspace provider ( which offers php/mySql compatibility so the new site takes advantage of this powerful technology.