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Dave Bryant
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I’m a freelance graphic designer and production artist doing business as Catspaw DTP Services in Silicon Valley, California.

My career started in the late 1980s, before the Web existed, during the waning days of hot wax and paste-up boards. At first I worked on monthly magazines, and they along with books remain my favorite projects. These days, however, I’m more likely to be working on marketing collateral, packaging, or instruction sheets and booklets.

This gallery displays personal projects and provides an outlet for my sense of whimsy. A more formal portfolio of past work can be found at my professional Web site, a link to which is below.

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First, I apologize for spamming my watchers with navigation icons. I didn’t think about it at first; when I did, I looked for the check-box to disable notifications—but as far as I can tell that option seems to exist only when updating, not upon first submission.

Anyway, I recently decided to pony up for a paid Deviantart membership to help support the service I’ve been using for several years now. I knew I wanted to take advantage of nesting gallery folders, and promptly started rearranging the furniture to do just that. The more I got into it, though, the more possibilities suggested themselves to me.

Moving all the individual submissions into subfolders left the top-level folders barren. Rather than leave them appearing abandoned, I populated them with, in essence, duplicates of the sidebar navigation. Clicking through those duplicates introduces an extra step in the navigation, since one then must click the “Proceed to the gallery” link in the submission description, but it’s better than nothing, and in a gallery view it puts the navigation front and center.

I strongly recommend nested folders to every Deviantart paying member. It reduces clutter on any single page; I can’t count the number of galleries I’ve seen with enough folders in the sidebar to make my eyes glaze over with the tyranny of choice. For those interested in how I implemented it, here’s a breakdown.
  • At the gallery’s top level, one can see a set of basic category folders—five, in my case, covering all the sorts of projects I submit.
  • Clicking a basic category folder brings one to a set of subfolders within that category. In my case, at the time of writing the number of subcategories ranges from two to six.

There are some additional details, such as adding to the profile page a “featured folder” widget for each of the five category folders, but what it all boils down to is stripping away as much as possible to emphasize navigation.

All that said, I don’t recommend more than two levels of folders. That should suffice for all but the most complex Deviantart gallery, and when browsing through folders, it means no level is more than a single click away (including the “Gallery” tab). At worst, when inside a bottom-level subfolder, one can click the superfolder link to get back to that level of navigation.

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:iconjenndylyon:
JeNnDyLyOn Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks again for hosting a great stream with Baron-Engel :D I had a wonderful time and look forward to joining again! :wave:
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Catspaw-DTP-Services Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2017  Professional Artist
You’re very welcome, and thank you for joining the stream and for adding me to your DA watch list!
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Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
Glad you had such a great time.
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mochabeetle Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2017  Student Digital Artist
Thank you so much for the watch~!
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EchoWing Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks for the llama!
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Ognimod Featured By Owner May 28, 2017
Hi. I'm sorry to annoy you, but I need an answer on the latest issue I sent you a note about before I end up doing something drastic and irrational. It's eating me and killing me from the inside, and every second of having to live with it is Hell on Earth...
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Catspaw-DTP-Services Featured By Owner May 31, 2017  Professional Artist
I don’t think I’m qualified to offer advice at this level, and am not comfortable doing so—or being asked to do so. All I can say is, a professional would be much, much better qualified than I to do so.
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mouthofxenu Featured By Owner May 24, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I finally got a chance to photograph the board.  Thanks for your interest in this project.  Sun and Moon Board Game (Astral Game)
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Catspaw-DTP-Services Featured By Owner May 24, 2017  Professional Artist
And I have added it to my favorites! As I commented there, it is so cool to see someone bringing my ideas to life like this.
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mouthofxenu Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi, I mentioned a few months ago that I would be making a board for the astral version of Sun and Moon.  The board is finally complete and as soon as I get a nice picture made of it, I'll post it with a credit to you and let you know.  Thanks for putting so much effort into making this game!
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Catspaw-DTP-Services Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2017  Professional Artist
You’re welcome, and please do let me know when you post it!
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JumbleHorse Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2016
Thank you for watch!
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KellyTheDrawingUni Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2016
Thanks so much for the watch! I really appreciate it :la: Here, have a llama :hug:

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Catspaw-DTP-Services Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2016  Professional Artist
Y’welcome—and thanks for the llama!
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KellyTheDrawingUni Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2016
No problem! :la:
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Sanluris Featured By Owner Edited Sep 27, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
I was browsing (MLP things I think, but I can't remember exactly what kind) and found your book covers and posters, and they looked nice. I've also started looking at the game rules in your gallery. I haven't read them all the way through yet though.
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Catspaw-DTP-Services Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2015  Professional Artist
Enjoy! I hope you find the games entertaining and fun.
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Sanluris Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Yep!
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msolec2000 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013
Shall it be uploaded into boardgamegeek.com?
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Catspaw-DTP-Services Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013  Professional Artist
I suppose it should be. I confess I rarely visit BGG, and it was a roommate who actiually posted the game originally, so I never remember to do that!
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Fesoferbex Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013  Professional General Artist
You are not forgotten, just a quick reminder ;)
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Catspaw-DTP-Services Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013  Professional Artist
No worries! :-)
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Irashtar Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013
Sun and Moon is absolutely beautiful. I am extraordinarily tempted to write a fanfic about this game becoming an underground hit with the fillies and colts of Canterlot. There's a lot of different aspects such an event could spark that I'd love to explore.

So, my question is, May I have permission to explicitly use your game in a story with all due credit given and linked, including a cover image (probably just a scaled version of the color game board, or maybe a nice screenshot from the downloadable version), and if so, what do you want the designer and/or publisher to be named in-universe? 
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Catspaw-DTP-Services Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013  Professional Artist
In case you haven’t been notified already, I’ve posted the terrestrial game board and rules. I haven’t revised the Compendium yet; that will be a significant undertaking, possibly doubling the page count. If you need to discuss any questions that arise as a result of me changing things around on you, drop me a note!
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Irashtar Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013
I've seen the terrestrial game, it looks decent enough as a first draft, but I think the diagrams need a little work. Figures 2-5 all suffer from ghosting optical illusions, which make figures 3-4 identical at first glance. and the movement/starting position diagrams could be improved by enlarging the unit type symbol and removing the sun or moon from the piece.

All in all, it feels like a slightly watered down version of the game. By removing the unique celestial board, it feels like it would easily be lost in the crowd of chess variants already out there.

On the writing front, I've been rather slow for a while, but I'm nearly done with the first short story of 21 Circles. Named after the 12 hours, 6 spheres, sun, moon, and earth of the board. The first is the sun, featuring how Celestia discovers the game due to the upscale marble and precious metals version of the board is mistaken for an endtable and delivered to her, and her rather mixed reactions. The second will shift focus to Luna as she decides to hold judgement back, and see how the ponies who actually play the game behave, rather than fall into the trap of listening just to the detractors (rabble rabble D&D is the work of Discord!)
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