Verbal feedback based on pitch
The class were overall quite positive about my intended idea. They felt that the medium was a good an different way to introduce learning in a more fun way. However the point was raised that some children do not enjoy the idea of learning due to the negative stigma surrounding homework. In this regard I think it is important to take this forward in terms of designing the more intricate aspects of the game, it should not be too question oriented, therefore perhaps it would be a good idea to incorporate the questions in a different format. Or maybe take out the question element all together and use the encounter cards of the monsters more for illustration purposes rather than as the question cards. I will take these ideas forward when I interview a child next week while baby sitting.
Current concept art and design artwork for creature cards
Upon being given the concept art by my friend I decided to experiment with the sketches to trial a different aesthetic. I did this through using layout filters by selecting certain parts of the image and then adding a pattern layer and solid colour filter and then lowering the opulence.
I will be showing the child next week which design they prefer. If they prefer the Photoshop edited sketch then I will focus on making a more refined version.
After looking over multiple children’s books and regarding an online article (Strizver, n.d.) I have found that children’s books tend to stick to the style of Serif or Sans Serif. It appears as if older style books use the Serif style and also books that are aimed at younger end of 5-11 year-olds tend to use sans Serif. The article referenced also states that one should not use a font that is too bold or too thin, and should avoid either to the extreme. Examples of this being used professionally in children’s books are below.
Below is also an image board of card games in regards to design and typography. Card games for based on children’s shows (Pokemon and Adventure Time) both incorporate Sans serif fonts. Due to this coupled with the previous image board I will likely go with Sans Serif. I will look at various fonts and then narrow it down based on style and simplicity. Next week I will show the various fonts to the child I am interviewing and see which they prefer.
Strizver, I. (n.d.). Typography for Children – Fonts.com – Fonts.com. [online] Fonts.com. Available at: https://www.fonts.com/content/learning/fyti/situational-typography/typography-for-children [Accessed 5 Oct. 2016].