I celebrated turning 26 two days ago (I’m still refusing to accept I’m this old, anyone else stopped counting after 21?) and, like every year, I received some AMAZING presents. However my favourite one by far was learning that I’d won a trip to Sydney!!!
I’ve been dying to go back to Sydney, or anywhere in Australia for that matter, for years. I went when I was younger with my parents and fell in love with the place – the people, the beaches, the koalas, the weather, I really could go on. So when I heard that Shillington was having a competition for it’s allumnis (we call ourselves the Shillumnis) and that the winning prize was a trip to any of its global campuses, I jumped at the chance!
The brief was simple: represent what Shillington means to you, in any shape or form. I knew I wanted to recreate the Shillington journey somehow, but I had no idea what I was actually going to make. I didn’t want to go down the safe route of making posters and really wanted to challenge myself, so I decided to create a mobile game. With no coding experience. Because how hard can it be?!
Well turns out coding a game from scratch is feckin’ hard if you haven’t got a clue what you’re doing, and with less than two weeks left to create it (yes, I am a procrastinator) I knew I had to take a different approach. After a bit of research I found GameSalad, a drag and drop mobile game development platform. It took me a few days to get the hang of it, but after watching a few tutorials and reading the posts on the forum, I managed to piece together Shillorun.
Now, I’m not saying that this game will take the App Store by storm. It’s extremely basic and a 5 year old could’ve probably made it. But learning a new skill in a few days is never easy, and I’m extremely happy that I’ve managed to put something together that actually works and that most importantly bagged me a trip to Australia!
The lesson learnt in all of this is that we should all push ourselves to do things that take us out of our comfort zone every once in a while, whether that means learning a new skill, finally writing that blog or starting your own business. Yes, it’s scary and watching replays of Gilmore Girls on Netflix probably sounds a lot better, but you don’t know where it’ll take you. And chances are, the payout will be amazing!
Check out the video below for a sneak peek or download the iOS game on the App Store for free (works best on an iPhone 6).
Want to create your own? Download a free trial of GameSalad and watch their beginner video tutorial to get you started. It’s relatively easy to create a game once you get the hang of rules, behaviours and attributes. What’s more, you can upload your own graphics making the game totally customisable!
What’s Shillington? Shillington School is a graphic design school that caters to beginners with campuses in New York, London, Manchester, Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. Shillington’s intensive approach to design education means that students can graduate with the technical and conceptual skills they need in as little as 3 months! I attended Shillington in Manchester back in 2013 and it was the BEST decision I’ve ever made for my career.
Want to find out more about Shillorun and Shillington? You can read my full interview on their blog now!