33 OpenCity Design characteristics and Styles

Simple and minimal. No gradients, shadows or colors besides the template recommendations for each style. It is important to follow the order of the styles in the creation of the illustrations in order to be efficient (creating more illustrations with each passing day).

This is the visual and stylistic approach in illustraStock design system. The style is intended to offer a range of flexibility while maintaining a consistent brand approach. The various styles in the system add attributes to these base guiding principals, which creates a system of related illustrations. The attributes are not flexible, and differ from one style to another.

Remember, the illustrations are created for 1:50 scale and for 1:250 scale but are mutually interchangeable.

The order with the creation of the styles is:

  • First Step:
    • Doodle style
  • Second Step:
    • Basic style
  • Third Step:
    • Coming soon

Main Styles

– Hand Made (Doodle)

Doodles are simple drawings with concrete representational meaning, generally thoughtless drawings with simple and minimal recreations. Less is more but we don’t need to be afraid of adding some components to make them look more charming.

It is very important to check the size of the illustrations during the work to know how they look in real size. Maybe a draw requires the stroke in more than one size.

Stroke size

1:50 scale = 1px

1:250 scale = …

– Basic (Outline)

Outlines are simple drawings in which objects are delineated in contours without shading.

The Basic style or Outline is made after the Doodle by copying the Doodle file and changing all the lines into the Basic brush from Adobe Illustrator. Also it requires changing the stroke size as following:

Stroke size

1:50 scale = 1px

1:250 scale = …

Child Styles

– Mono Color, Restricted and Full Palette (Colorful)

The style distinction is derived through the use of palette, such as applying a limited vs extended palette (Soon).

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

Simple and minimal. No gradients, shadows or colors. Just follow the official recommendations for each style.

The creation of the isometric illustrations requires following several steps in order to be sure the illustrations follow the guidelines. Our aim is to create several styles for each Isometric illustration but in order to be efficient, we need to create once at a time and in the correct order. In that way, we will be able to create more illustrations with each passing day.

The order of creation of the styles is (the link takes us to the Guide):

Exterior Elements

 

  • First Step:
    • OpenCity Hand Made
  • Second Step:
    • OpenCity Basic
  • Third Step:
    • Coming soon

 

Interior Elements

 

  • First Step:
    • OpenCity Hand Made
  • Second Step:
    • OpenCity Basic
  • Third Step:
    • Coming soon

OpenCity Styles

The illustraStock Style Production Guide provides an overview of the various Isometric draw types and context that defines the illustraStock OpenCity approach.

Having a system based design ensures a unified brand expression. It also enables us to provide a variety of OpenCity styles that are flexible and complimentary.

There are two key concepts that are useful to understand before proceeding:

OpenCity Type

This is the functional purpose of an illustration. For instance, Isometric draws used to represent Landscapes/Outdoor Scenes are called “Exterior elements” or Isometric draws used to represent Objects/Indoor Scenes are called “Interior elements”.

With our style, we attempt to represent subject matter truthfully, without any artificiality and avoiding artistic conventions, implausible, exotic and supernatural elements. Have additional attributes added such as palette and lighting attributes. That is why we do create the OpenCity Style not just with templates, also at scale.

Exterior elements

We offer satellite view images of LandScapes, Agriculture Surfaces, Industrial Buildings, Residential or Recreational buildings  or other big constructions or natural zones.

We offer illustrations at 1:150 scale.

Interior elements

We offer bird’s eye view images of rooms, elements, animals, people, vegetables or other complements or natural elements

We offer illustrations at 1:30 scale.

OpenCity Style

This is the visual and stylistic approach to our OpenCity design system. The style is intended to offer a range of flexibility while maintaining a consistent brand approach.

The various styles in our system add attributes to these base guiding principles, which create a system of related Isometric illustrations. The attributes are not flexible, and differ from one style to another.

Hand Made (Doodle)

Doodles are simple drawings with concrete representational meaning, generally thoughtless drawings with simple and minimal recreations.

Basic (Outline)

Outlines are simple drawings in which objects are delineated in contours without shading.

Mono Color, Restricted and Full Palette (Colorful)

The style distinction is derived through the use of palette, such as applying a limited vs extended palette (Soon).