A Detailed Analysis of the Tutorial Mechanics in ‘Portal’

Game designer Dan “OtherDan” Emmons analyzes the tutorial mechanics from the video game Portal in a video narrated by Daniel Floyd. The analysis is part of the Design Club series by the folks at Extra Credits (see previously).

How does Portal teach an entirely unfamiliar mechanic in a way that feels simple and natural? Game Designer Dan “OtherDan” Emmons walks through the very first levels.

Elderly Man in Brazil Has Trained a Hummingbird To Come Into His Kitchen To Feed

João Silvestrini of Barretos, Brazil has trained a hummingbird to come into his kitchen to feed. The bird is willing to fly quite close to Silvestrini and the elderly man seems to enjoy talking to the bird (the bird can be heard occasionally chirping throughout its visit.) About midway through the video, the bird flies away, only to return when Silvestrini calls to it.

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‘Find Momo’, An Adorable Photo Project That Challenges the Viewer to Locate a Border Collie Named Momo

Find Momo by Andrew Knapp

“Find Momo” is an adorable photo project by Ontario-based photographer and designer Andrew Knapp in which he challenges the viewer to locate his clever (and well-camouflaged) Border Collie, Momo. Knapp recently expanded the project to include a photo book. Those interested can follow the project on Knapp’s Instagram account.

Find Momo by Andrew Knapp

Find Momo by Andrew Knapp

Find Momo by Andrew Knapp

Find Momo by Andrew Knapp

photos by Andrew Knapp

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A Simple Technique for Drawing Perfect Freehand Circles

Dave Hax (see previously) recently demonstrated a technique for drawing perfect freehand circles by pivoting the paper around certain parts of the hand.

How to draw a perfect circle. Learn this simple technique to help you draw a near perfect circle freehand. Could be useful for drawing charts and diagrams, and sketches, or just use it to challenge your friends in a ‘who can draw the neatest freehand circle’ competition!

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