Start with Bringhurst
Read these chapters, and find an area you are interested in. Remember, we are using Bringhurst as the “bible” (source) for the content of the games. Do spend some time with this to come up with an area that you’d like to learn more about or are genuinely interested in.
Based on your area of interest, develop 3 concepts for your game. What might make sense to think about as “what you want someone to learn” from playing your game. For example:
—My game will teach people to differentiate between and be able to identify typefaces
—My game will teach people to recognize diacritical marks
—My game will introduce an audience to type foundries based on geographic location
What are the playing mechanisms for your game? Is your game about speed? Memory? These may help point to formal decisions you will have to make. For example, a game about slapping down cards may require a long, slender card as the shape.
1. Look at references related to your topic (what are the attributes of the type, for example)
2. Look at the games and cards that came before, for how they work as much as how they look:
—Beinecke Cary Card Collection (historical, lots of ideas and history here!)
—Museum of London including the “Vacuation” game
—Cards Against Humanity The Design Pack (my interview with Emily Haasch is here) If you want to see what the cards look like, you’ll have to Google around a bit (or buy them).
3. Employ other visual design inspiration for your card design… can be almost anything (should relate to your content or concept).