Development of a card design...

So things are starting to get real for us with Nothing To Declare!

I've been working on the Kickstarter page, Dan has been cranking out the artwork, and fingers crossed we've got a graphic designer on board to help with the card design. 

Incase you missed my recent posts on Instagram or Facebook, here's how things have progressed so far.

version 1

version 1

Very basic layout just to convey the essential information. Explain the action in a clear font with minimal words. The blue is to tie-in with the card backs, this helps to create a unified design. This was the first version to feature artwork, but no back image.

 

version 2

version 2

This is just my attempt to try to create something more thematic. The icons at the bottom are to show what you do on your turn. I realised this isn't really needed as I'll be including player aid cards with the turn order. The text is bold and clear but other than having a plane on it it doesn't really add much to bring out the theme.

 

version 3

version 3

The colours here work much better, think I've got the right tone of blue. The icons at the bottom were to represent those you'd find on a real boarding pass. Problem with this is it doesn't help with playing the game. The icons might be distracting and confusing to players. The card title has received some slight changes, putting it in to italics and a yellow shadow. I think it's important to keep the colours consistent, thematic and bold. 

 

version 4

version 4

Version 4 is what happens when you get a real graphic designer on board. The idea is that the text box should look something like a boarding pass, with an icon to represent the action. There will be a background image to come once Dan has some spare time.  Already you can see the massive difference in quality and style.

My only concern is whether or not information about seat numbers etc. are distracting to players as that information isn't relevant to the actual gameplay. Still looks great! Tell me what you think!

 

Kickstarter progress 

Once I have a semi decent version of the Kickstarter page I'll the link to get people's feedback. But until then you can sign up to get notified when the Kickstarter goes live by entering your email address here

Finally a massive shout out to Peter from Inside The Box Games, he's been super helpful and supportive with everything from logistics to morale!