'Death march' crunches: 10 causes and solutions9 by
"There are all sorts of reasons for extended, enforced crunch (or death marches) in game development (I'll just call it crunch here). They are all avoidable."
Setting the tone: Main menus are the game1 by
"I know this is an odd thing to say as most articles talk about tone setting with lighting, audio and other key elements. However one element not many designers take advantage of and really think about is the menu!"