Game designer (Hundreds, Gasketball, Solipskier)
Who are you, and what do you do?
I’m Greg Wohlwend and I usually illustrate video games. Most recently an iOS game called Hundreds. Less recently Gasketball and Solipskier. I also perform random acts of graphic design like the Indie Game: The Movie poster.
What hardware do you use?
I have a late 2008 15” MBP with 4 extra gigs of aftermarket RAM. I use a Logitech M305 wireless USB mouse that is hesitantly dying. I also have an iPhone 4 and two iPads (1st and 3rd generations) for business and pleasure. For sketching, I use Bienfang 4x4 and 10x10 cross section graph paper and Bic Cristal black ballpoint pens. I occasionally draw with a 6”x8” Wacom Intuos3 tablet and listen to stuff on a pair of KOSS Porta Pro headphones because my ear holes are weirdly shaped.
Sometimes I need to get video of something, for that I have a Sanyo Xacti VPC-FH1A digital camcorder that I bought for cheap because it burns red lines onto the video occasionally.
And what software?
I do just about everything with Adobe CS5. Illustrator, Photoshop, After Effects & Flash for some game prototypes, trailers, raster and vector art. I view the Internet through Chrome and make it with TextWrangler and Transmit. I’ve tried Coda but it felt sluggish on my “ancient” MBP. Sometimes I have to make or edit audios and I use Audacity, SFXR and GarageBand for that. I just installed Cloud App via a suggestion from Zach Gage and it has changed my life when it comes to sharing screenshots. I do a lot of ⌘⇧4ing. For modeling 3D stuff I like Silo 3D because it’s pretty simple and mostly grid based. For anything more complicated I use Cinema 4D. I write things in iA Writer and occasionally do digital painting in ArtRage Studio. Sometimes I need to edit/create fonts so for that I use TypeTool.
What would be your dream setup?
Basically that one scene from Grandma’s Boy. Has someone said that already? Honestly, I like only having a laptop, I’d upgrade to a Retina MBP. I’d also like an Oculus Rift. In addition I would work in a Swiss Family Robinson style treehouse with my favorite people everyday. We have wireless power. It’s always Summer or Fall. There are numerous slides, zip-lines and tin-can telephones. And we can pause time and never age during the pause and we also have teleporters. Gotta dream big.