Conveying the story of an Interactive Fiction Game.
To design a visual poster an Interactive Fiction Game’s story.
Visual Design, Concept Map
1 Week, Spring 2018
The story of Device 6 visualized as a map.
I explored and fully played an Interactive Fiction Game, Device 6. By analyzing and solving the game, I designed a visual poster that conveyed its whole story.
Device 6 Map served as exploration for my final project in class, where we wrote and created an original Interactive Fiction Game using Twine.
I started with analyzing the game by playing it myself. Throughout the game play, I tried to figure out how to solve each level while taking notes of all the clues, riddles and answers. After I completed the game in 5 days, I proceeded to work on the visual poster and I asked myself three questions.
How can I make the story understandable and easy to read for the viewers?
How can I recreate the complexity of the game’s mystery but make it simple enough to follow?
How can I make the design consistent with the branding of the game?
The game was complex.
It took a lot of time just analyzing the game and unlocking each mystery. I had to do a lot of secondary research too (which I felt like cheating but I had to know the answer to each puzzle) but throughout the game I asked myself: How will I unlock each mystery and go to the next level?
All details were important.
Every information was crucial to unlocking each level of the game, so much so that it became difficult to structure systematically and understandably. But unravelling the knots became easy once I had a structure of how I wanted to depict them.
The space was limited.
There were a lot of things I wanted to put in the poster and I had to figure out how to do it without making it seem cluttered or disorganized, and at the same time make it readable to the viewer.
Concept To Final
I decidedly chose to represent the game in chapters using the rings as boundaries and lines to show the flow of the story. I intended the concept map to be read from top to bottom where you would have to go from one chapter to the next, unlocking the mystery through a series of clues and riddles in order to move forward, just as one would playing the game. The entire poster took me two days complete, from the concept sketch to the final print.
This project allowed me to see the importance in organizing information based on hierarchy, especially when creating a map as complex as this. It was a challenge for me to structure the information that I wanted to include in my poster, but that taught me how to think outside the box and consider how I want the viewers to read it.