Discovering CloudNovelist: Interview with DAX – Behind the GUI
Hello, CloudNovelists. This month we’ll be talking about an important element of visual novels that many creators tend to overlook: graphical user interface, known as GUI. In a visual novel, GUI mainly includes textbox, choice box, option buttons/icons, and text.
The guest I picked for the interview is DAX, the currently most popular graphic designer in our community. She would be often seen giving advices and critiques about GUI, other than collaborating in various projects as a GUI artist so many of you might know about her skills too.
Hello, Empress. Can you start with an introduction of yourself?
Hi, my name is DAX. Also known as Empress. I’m a writer, artist and graphic designer.
So, Empress, why are you so focused on GUI?
Honestly, it’s not like I intend to focus on GUI on purpose. It was by chance that I fooled around with my drawing software and improved my skills along the way. Since then, I offered my GUI services for free for CloudNovelist that I’m close with. Now, I finally had the confidence to open a commission for GUI. There’s no reason as for why I preferred working on GUI because to be honest, everything is done by my instinct and a lot of trial and error.
How long have you been making GUI? And in your experience, what’s the most important things to keep in mind when making GUI for a visual novel?
My first GUI is the textbox I made back when I first joined CloudNovel in 2015. You can see the textboxes in my profile. They are called Sakura theme and Pastel. It was horrible but still presentable as my first work, I guess. Then I kept practising in private without publishing anything. I think it is important to be aware in mind that GUI is NOT the main element in a visual novel, instead, bear in mind that GUI is just a supporting element to make your visual novel pleasant to the eyes and more enjoyable. Please do realize that GUI and UX come hand in hand. When making GUI, it is important to know how will the user feel when they experience your visual novel with your GUI in it.