streamlined design


This is a tutorial on adding a bit of polish to simple 2D sprites. Most of this process has come from copying/studying games like Dangan Ronpa and Phoenix Wright.

Disclaimer: This is a public version of an internal tutorial for a game I’m working on and so a lot of the other functionality in my “real” files has been cut out.

This is not a tutorial about character design, about streamlining sprite making, or anything else besides breaking down a simple 2D sprite in such a way that you can add a lot of pizzazz without much effort. 

Streamline Moderne: The General Motors 10-coach Aerotrain, Designed and Built by the Electro-Motive Division, 1956

Forty passengers per coach travel in air-conditioned comfort at sustained speeds of 100 miles an hour.


French Art Deco & Streamline Moderne Style Interior of the SS Normandie. 

Designer Marin-Marie gave an innovative line to Normandie, a silhouette which influenced ocean liners over the decades,

SS Normandie was an ocean liner built in Saint-Nazaire, France, for the French Line Compagnie Générale Transatlantique (CGT). She entered service in 1935 as the largest and fastest passenger ship afloat; she is still the most powerful steam turbo-electric-propelled passenger ship ever built.

During World War II, Normandie was seized by US authorities at New York and renamed USS Lafayette.

On 9 February 1942, sparks from a welding torch ignited a stack of life vests filled with flammable kapok that had been stored in the first-class lounge and the fire spread rapidly. 

The ship was stripped of superstructure and righted in 1943 in the world’s most expensive salvage operation. She was reclassified to an aircraft and transport ferry on 15 September 1943 and placed in dry dock the following month.

Lafayette was stricken from the Naval Vessel Register on 11 October 1945.

She was cut up for scrap beginning in October 1946 at Port Newark, New Jersey, and completely scrapped by 31 December 1948.


The GM Futurliners were a group of custom vehicles, styled in the 1940s by Harley Earl for General Motors, and integral to the company’s Parade of Progress — a North American traveling exhibition promoting future cars and technologies. Having earlier used eight custom Streamliners from 1936-1940, GM sponsored the Parade of Progress and the Futurliners from 1940 to 1941 and again from 1953 to 1956.

At 33 feet long, 8 feet wide, more than 11 feet tall, and weighing more than 12 tons, each Futurliner featured heavily stylized Art deco, streamlined bodywork, deep red side and white roof paint, large articulated chrome side panels, a military-grade GMC straight-six gasoline engine and automatic transmission, whitewall tires and a prominent, high-mounted, centrally located driver command position with a panoramic windshield.

Above, the streamliners are pictured traveling through San Bernardino, California circa 1953.


1930’s Original Streamline Aluminum Tethered Racing Car.

This car was manufactured by Dooling Brothers in the 1930’s. It retains it’s original Dooling Brothers tires. There is even a handmade leather seat back. This car is such a great combination of industrial Art Deco, and streamline machine age design.


Radio Repose by Paul Malon

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<br />1937.