Life Is About Using Your Whole Box Of Crayons

Some people like rooms with plain white or gray walls. Others prefer them to be more colorful so as to better exhibit their personality.

White Walls Don't Have to Be Dull

White Walls Don't Have to Be Dull

There are also people who prefer that every room be carpeted. Well, not in the kitchen or bathroom. Because that would just be wrong.

But some people wouldn't even consider having anything other than tile or hardwood on their floors.

Color Can Add Personality to a Room

Color Can Add Personality to a Room

How your house and the rooms within it look are a direct reflection of who you are and how you want others to see you when they visit your abode.

That's why we created Egowall - to allow you to do the same thing online that you are currently doing in real life.

And we have good news. You can fully personalize the look of your Egowall living spaces.

There are three customization options available:

  • painting walls and other surfaces,

  • changing a surface material, and

  • copying color and/or material from one spot to another.

 

Painting Walls and Other Surfaces

To change the color of any wall, follow these steps:

  1. Click the Paint button at the upper right of the game's user interface (or use the keyboard shortcut "p").

  2. Hover the mouse cursor over the surface that you want to paint; observe that the available surfaces are highlighted in blue.

  3. Click the mouse button to lock the selection (thus highlighting it in gold) and display the color palette.

  4. Click the Paint tab.
    Note: The Current Color for the selected surface is displayed and highlighted at the upper left of the predefined color selections.

  5. Decide whether you want to (a) choose one of the predefined colors or (b) select a color from the full palette of available colors.

  6. Click your preferred color and the selected surface instantly changes to that color.

  7. Repeat steps 5 and 6 until you like what you see.

  8. Click any other button in the user interface to close the palette.

How to Change the Material of a Surface

Changing a Surface Material

  1. Click the Paint button (or use the keyboard shortcut "p").

  2. Hover the mouse cursor over the surface that you want to change; observe that the various surfaces are highlighted in blue.

  3. Click the mouse button to lock the selection (highlighting it in gold) and display the palette.

  4. Click the Material tab.

  5. Scroll through the list of more than 80 surface materials to choose which material will be applied to the selected surface.

  6. Click on your chosen material in the list; the selected surface instantly changes to that material.

  7. Repeat steps 5 and 6 until you like what you see.

  8. Click any other button in the user interface to close the palette.

 

Copying the Paint and/or Surface Material

You can copy a color/material combination from anywhere in the current room to another spot in the same room by following these steps:

  1. Click the Paint button (or use the keyboard shortcut "p").

  2. Hover the mouse cursor over the surface that you want to change; observe that the various surfaces are highlighted in blue.

  3. Click the mouse button to lock the selection (highlighting it in gold) and display the palette.

  4. Click the Eyedropper icon.

  5. Select one of the available options from the drop-down menu:

    1. color and materials

    2. color

    3. material

  6. Click on another surface in the current room that has the color and/or material combination you wish to copy. The originally selected surface instantly changes to that

  7. Click your preferred material and the selected surface instantly changes to that color and/or material.

  8. Click any available button in the user interface to close the palette.

We look forward to seeing how you use these features to tailor your space(s) to your identity and interests.

When you do, please consider sharing them in the comments below, where we are also happy to entertain any questions you may have.

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5 Furniture Styles That Can Define Who You Are

Egowall members can decorate their living space(s) using any of the nearly 1000 pieces of digital furniture available in five different styles:

  • Colonial
  • Contemporary
  • Retro
  • Science Fiction
  • Kid

Let's take a closer look at each type of furniture you'll find in the game. Each summary below includes sample images of the relevant furniture style in Egowall.

Some content in this post is adapted from external resources. The links labeled "History" point to the websites where the information was obtained.


Traditional Love Seat - White

Traditional Love Seat - White

Oval Marble Top Coffee Table

Oval Marble Top Coffee Table

Colonial (55 available pieces)

History: Colonial was the most notable traditional furniture style from 1900 to 1960.

It includes two sub-styles - Early American and 18th Century Colonial.

The 18th Century Colonial style was more formal and included higher grade furnishings and materials.

Fabrics included tapestries, velveteens, and linen. It leaned toward English styles.

By contrast, the Early American style is more casual and rustic.

It was considered to be much more comfortable, and so was used in summer cottages and cabins as well as smaller primary homes.

The Traditional Love Seat and Oval Marble Top Coffee Table seen above - along with all our Colonial furniture items - are available in the Colonial section of our Furniture shop.


Contemporary Table

Contemporary Table

Contemporary (655 available pieces).

History: Contemporary (aka modern) furniture refers to designs produced from the late 19th century through the present that is influenced by modernism.

Post-World War II ideals of cutting excess, commodification, and practicality of materials in design heavily influenced the aesthetic of the furniture.

Modern Sectional Sofa - Red/White

Modern Sectional Sofa - Red/White

It was a tremendous departure from all furniture design that had gone before it.

Dark or gilded carved wood and richly patterned fabrics from the the decorative arts period gave way to the glittering simplicity and geometry of polished metal.

This shift to minimalist principles of design are usually attributed to the introduction of new technology, changes in philosophy, and the influences of the principles of architecture.

The Contemporary Table and Modern Sectional Sofa seen above - along with all our Contemporary furniture items - are available in the Contemporary section of our Furniture shop.


Retro Console Cabinet

Retro Console Cabinet

Retro (78 available pieces)

History: Per Wikipedia, retro style is consciously derivative or imitative of trends, music, modes, fashions, or attitudes of the past.

The term "retro" has been in use since the 1960s to describe new artifacts that self-consciously refer to particular modes, motifs, techniques, and materials of the past.

Upholstered Sofa - Blue

Upholstered Sofa - Blue

When designers, manufacturers and customers speak about retro furniture, they are referring to a style of furniture that looks back with nostalgia and pays homage to styles that were once popular.

Retro furniture was popular in the decades of 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s. Recently, the industry has added the 1980s to the list.

Retro style can be whimsical, it can allude to pop-culture and even be tacky or kitschy.

The retro style furniture you'll find in Egowall is all of the above.

The Retro Console Cabinet and Upholstered Sofa seen above - along with all our Retro furniture items - are available in the Retro section of our Furniture shop.


Leather Chair with Orange Accent

Leather Chair with Orange Accent

SciFi (60 available pieces)

Though science fiction literary works have been published since the 16th century, there is no specific science fiction furniture style.

Despite that, a lot of creative designers have come up with scifi-inspired pieces of furniture to meet the thematic desires of genre fans.

Metal Storage Case

Metal Storage Case

Think about the various science fiction works you've seen on television or in the movies.

In them, furniture seems to fall into two categories - clean and futuristic (or at least what the designers at the time THOUGHT would appear futuristic) or dirty and industrial.

The science fiction themed furniture you'll discover in Egowall falls neatly into those camps, with a dash of color here and there.

Our scifi furniture offerings allow hardcore zealots to share their love of the genre and make whatever living space they are placed in a futuristic showcase.

The Leather Chair and Metal Storage Case seen above - along with all our science fiction furniture items - are available in the SciFi section of our Furniture shop.


Doll House

Doll House

Kid (60 available pieces)

Jungle Hut Bed

Jungle Hut Bed

We recognize that it's not only adults who want to share their passions and get to know people who have common interests.

So not only does Egowall welcome children (ages 13+) as members, we also provide kid-themed furniture for them to use in decorating their living spaces.

Our child-themed furniture covers the following genres:

  • Jungle (33 pieces)
  • Princess (18 pieces)
  • Sport (9 pieces)

The sample assets you see at right (click to see a larger view) illustrate how beautiful and creative all of these assets are.

They become even more impressive and functional - when you - or your child use them within the game to document important events and accomplishments.

The Doll House and Jungle Hut Bed seen above - along with all our Kid furniture items - are available in the Kids section of our Furniture shop.


So there you have it - an overview of the five major furniture styles available for decorating your rooms in our game.

There are hundreds of individual furniture pieces available for you to use in creating your story and sharing with those you know - and those that you will soon get to know.

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Who Are You? We Really Want To Know

We sometimes get asked about the origin of our name.

An “ego wall” is one where someone places all of his/her certificates, awards, etc. – the things that he or she is most proud of. You've probably seen one when you visit your physician.

FeedBurner Ego Wall (licensed via Creative Commons)

FeedBurner Ego Wall (licensed via Creative Commons)

Our flagship and namesake product - Egowall - is an online implementation of this conceit.

The Concept

Egowall is a browser-based video game and social platform for showcasing your memories and achievements.

We believe that

  • your online persona should be more than a random collection of updates, photos and comments

  • you should have an online home that your social connections can visit at any time to learn about the things that make you unique

  • that virtual home should be a safe and secure place where you can easily control who gets to see the things that you share

Licensed via Creative Commons

Licensed via Creative Commons

Egowall addresses all of these beliefs.

But What Can You Do There?

Once you've signed up to play Egowall, our unique living spaces (sixteen different ones at this writing) let you establish a place that your friends, family and colleagues can visit to:

  • catch up on your activities

  • review your personal and professional accomplishments

  • learn about the things that interest you, and

  • communicate with you

Some of the things you can do with Egowall:

  • Explore and Interact - Walk around your own personal world and visit other people's spaces too. You're sure to see exciting new locations, furniture, decorations, and exotic houses.

  • Create and Decorate - Add furniture from your own inventory to any space or get more at our shop. Decorate the walls with your own photos. Change the appearance, color, texture of almost any surface.

  • Invite Friends and Earn Points - Share your spaces on social media and earn points to spend at our shop. Your friends can visit your spaces, leave notes and comments, and see who you are.

Licensed via Creative Commons

Licensed via Creative Commons

Unlike in some other social applications, visitors don't need to worry about missing something that you have posted, because it is always present in the space for them to see.

Of course, you can share your spaces with your social connections.

Most importantly, each room's privacy can be configured to ensure that the only people who get to see what you have shared are the ones that you want to see those items. You have total control.

And that's just the beginning; there's so much more that you can do in Egowall.

Egowall is Different

In addressing some of the shortcomings of other social networks, Egowall is a platform on which its users can showcase and share their interests and achievements in ways that are not possible elsewhere.

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Create Personal Spaces. Share Your Passions. Build Strong Relationships. With Egowall.

How To Help Your Friends Learn More About You

If you're anything like us, you have interests and accomplishments that you don't typically talk about in your posts on Facebook and/or other social networking services.

But what if these are things you're very proud of and want your friends, family and business associates to know about?

That's what Egowall is all about.

And our latest Egowall release makes it easier than ever to showcase them.

From a brand new logo (seen above at right) to a completely revamped user interface all the way to widespread performance improvements, we think you'll find a lot to like.

Let's take a closer look at what's new.

 

General

You no longer have to switch between the web and game modules of Egowall to get things done in Egowall. All functionality - including account management - is now integrated into the game itself.

 

Navigation Menu

The new Navigation Menu (seen on the left side of the image below) lets you quickly get to the tasks you need to accomplish.

The Navigation Menu includes the following functions:

New Egowall User Interface

New Egowall User Interface

  • Dashboard - provides access to people management functions, including connection requests, notes and private messages, and offers suggestions for other Egowall users to connect with. This will be especially helpful for new users.

  • Spaces - access all the living spaces that you own and manage privacy settings for each room in those spaces.

  • People - organize your connections and the circles where they reside, and easily visit any of them at any time.

  • Manage your photos and other imported images in the Media section; store them in multimedia storage objects (i.e., containers) and place them into any living space.

  • Shop for additional living spaces and for any of our hundreds of 3D furniture assets.

  • Use the Inventory function to manage all previously purchased furniture objects; then add them to living spaces or return ones already placed back into storage.

 

Search and Sharing Bar

The following functions are available in the Search and Sharing Bar, seen at the top of the image below.

Share Your Living Space With Connections

Share Your Living Space With Connections

  • Access your own user profile for Account Management.

  • Switch between rooms in the current living space.

  • See Detail about who has recently visited your space(s).

  • Compose and leave colorful public notes and private messages - both in your own space and those of your connections.

  • Collect Ego Points for sharing a link to the current space with your connections; use the Ego Points received to purchase additional furniture objects for placement in your space(s).

  • User and Living Space Search - find other Egowall users and living spaces via powerful text search

 

Palette Toolbar

Palette Toolbar

Palette Toolbar

The following functions are available from the Palette Toolbar at the upper right of the screen.

Click on one of the buttons seen at right - or use its available shortcut key, which is displayed on mouseover - and then click on the desired object to manage it.

  • Select - pick an object in order to buy another copy or return it to inventory

  • Paint - change the color and/or surface material of walls and floors

  • Frame - replace the frame for photo objects placed on the walls

  • Move - change the position of selected furniture and photo objects

  • Rotate - rotate selected furniture and photo objects along all available axes

  • Scale - resize placed photos and their frames as well as those furniture objects which support scaling

  • Clone - pull a copy of the selected object from inventory for placement in the room; if you don't own another instance, you can purchase it

  • Rebox - return the selected photo or furniture object to inventory

NOTE: The Palette Toolbar is disabled when visiting your connections' spaces.


So that's the high-level overview of the changes made to Egowall.

But stay tuned to the blog as we begin a series of posts providing additional detail - including How To instructions - about the new release's features and capabilities.

And if you're not already a member of the Egowall community, there's never been a better time to sign up for a free account and start using Egowall to show the world The Real You™.