There are 3 major parties in Canadian elections (Liberals (Centre-left), Conservatives (Right), & New Democratic Party (Left)), with several minor parties (Green (Centre-Left), Bloc Quebecois (Centre-Left), etc.). Some are more local parties than others (ie. Bloc Quebecois does not run outside of Quebec – to my knowledge). In the Ontario Provincial Election, the 3 major parties were against each other with the incumbent Liberals facing against the other two. There was a vocal amount of people who did NOT want the Conservatives to win, however I felt they had a good chance because the other 2 parties were splitting the rest of the vote. This made me create this analysis to see if the Conservatives could have lost.
Elections in Ontario are settled by a first-past-the-post system. This means that the party who gets the most number of seats in the legislature wins the election. There are proposed alternatives to this system but elected officials seems unwilling to make any actual change.
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I decided to do an analysis of the 2018 Ontario Provincial Election. I looked at each riding to see if another party could’ve won. Assuming all calculations are correct, the Conservatives would’ve won in all but 1 possible scenario.
If I learned anything from this, it’s that the vote was split between Liberal and New Democratic Party, causing the Conservatives to have an easy win. It would’ve taken serious strategic voting for another result. Alternatively, with proportional representation, it could have been a minority Conservative government.
I was walking down the street one day and saw someone wearing a The North Face shirt that said Never Stop Exploring but I misread it as Never Stop Exploding and was really confused. However, it also inspired me to make the images above, drawing inspiration from two of the most explode prone Pokémon – Voltorb and Electrode!
Maybe this would look good on a T-shirt or print?
Below is a reference image I used as a base for the concept.
This was a design I made after reading through an Illustrator tutorial by Evert Martin.
I took a tiger as my base (see below). After following the tutorial I came out with the above image. It kind of looks more like a bear to me but I like it anyway. It was a quick production to get the feel for Illustrator more so I didn’t spend time on refining it.
You can create some pretty crazy looking things with Martin’s methods – and quickly too!
And guess what, it’s a game! A game that took me way too long to make as I was completing it in 30 minute intervals while on the train to work….
It’s a math game where you roll a cube around to create the correct sequential formula to reach the target value, given an initial value. It introduces each of the four main operators (+, -, x, /) through the levels.
The idea was to make a game that people could play on their mobile, that didn’t need an internet connection, and that happened to be educational. I learned later on that it wouldn’t work too well on mobile in its current state, so if I ever work on it again, I’ll have to take a different approach to it.
I used to play this game a ton when I was a kid. No one really knows about it but I remember it came with an old computer we had at home. I liked how relaxing and challenging it was. Listening to the soundtrack now, it’s just weird! But I still like the idea of the game. It was a ton of fun.
Possible layout issues on desktop computers
Some UX issues
Most of the problems related to this project come from the fact that I began designing it as a mobile game that did not require an internet connection and then later on realized that this wouldn’t work on mobile. So please excuse any issues you may find!
WASD or Arrows to move
Pause button changes the camera angle to see the whole play field
This game was made during the Global Game Jam 2015 in Toronto with Jord Farrell and Marishka Zachariah. As it was done for the Global Game Jam 2015, it was completed over a weekend of coding, art making and jamming.
In this game you play a character who has multiple gods vying for your devotion and attention. It is up to the player to choose which to follow and worship.
255 Shades of Grey was a quick project I made after hearing about 50 Shades of Grey. I wanted to have fun with the title of it. I wanted to originally print off each of the 255 shades and place them over a wall showing the change in colour and how minute the difference is between each shade. I might end up doing that soon however.
If you want to see the animation or code, please go HERE
Dogs of War is a collectible card game I’m currently working on. It’s still in it’s early stages but I hope to get it going soon so that I can play-test it and develop it further.
The overview of it is that each player has three heroes which battle the opponent’s heroes for victory. Actions and equipment are used to augment the play to create dynamic combinations and strategies.
Some sample artwork is below. Please do not use without my permission.