Here are a couple of sound effects I created over the weekend for Harmonix (minus some of the bg elements).
"CRASH!" was done in the block lettered style similar to the style I used on the Klyde splash page at the client's request. I had more fun coming up with the "ZOOM!" and "ZAP!" sfx. I might have enjoyed it more to have done that a little differently than block letters, but I thought the jumbling of the individual letters added a little impact chaos to the mix.
I resisted the urge to turn "ZAP!" into a lightning bolt type font as that seemed all too easy. How many times have you seen a "ZAP!" done as an electric or lightning bolt? I've seen that too often, and I thought that might be a bit dull, so I instead strived for a more spontaneous approach to the letters themselves to convey some energy, and opted to make the edge of the letters pointy and sharp to project a sharp sting or bite element to emphasize a jolt of electricity. I also make an effort to get a little jagged lightning bolt shape to the overall layout of the word. It's subtle, but it's there. Something different, anyway.
The "ZOOM!" isn't anything new, but I wanted to give the motion lines thing a try. I tilted the letters a little in an effort to try to convey some speed, but if I had to do that one over again, I might have gone for a more dramatic tilt angle.
I might do a step-by-step of each of these later in the week: