Over the past weeks i have been so engrossed in designing cards, magazines and websites that the idea of merchandise didn’t enter my mind, but lucky, Hannah (member of the group) did, and she came up with some great ideas.
these ideas could sell to adults and kids alike. There could even be much more such as sweets, watches, necklaces, soft toys etc. The possibilities really are endless.
I had previously designed a home page for the eco warriors top trump cards, as had some of the rest of the group. I decided to make two more pages for the website, i wanted to be able to visually explain how a child would submit their work and did so by creating the page below.
I wanted to make it very simple and using simple worlds so it was child friendly. Using my boyfriends little sisters information i made the page look as if she was submitting her work. She has browsed her computer and chosen her drawing. She has entered her name, age and some information about her character. Once she is happy she can submit her work and we can then transform it into one of the card designs seen at the bottom of the page. She could also safely give us her address or email and we could send her a real hard copy of her top trump card.
At the bottom of the page there is a click through link to view the gallery of other kids word, and here it is below.
Again, i tried to make this page very easy to understand and very user friendly. Clicking teh black arrows with let the images move either left or right like a gallery reel. If the child wants to take a closer look at a card they can click the image at it will become larger, as seen below.
With out top trump card idea, we had decided to make a webpage so that the kids could watch their characters fight online using the data on their cards. We also thought it would be alot more fun if the kids could create and draw their own characters with back story. I decided to try this out by getting my boyfriends little brothers and sisters to design some characters and give them a little back story.
Once they drew the characters i transformed them into top trump cards by adding colour and making them look professional without losing their childish imperfections.
Here are the kids original drawings.
and here are my the cards i designed using their pieces of art.
the idea would be for the kids to draw their character with a little information about the character and they could either post it to us or email it via the website. We would then create these styles of cards with them. The child would receive their card in the post and 40 more of their card would be produced and randomly placed in new packs so that other kids will have their character and viceversa.
My boyfriends little brothers and sisters got very excited when i showed them the cards and thought it was ‘soooo coool’ and asked if they could do more, so i do think it would work successfully as a product.
I decided to design a website home page for children and a magazine cover based on the eco warriors. With use of typography we made a logo which i included in both designs. I found this quite difficult to try and look professional but did my best.
As part of a group of 5, creating a deck of 20 cards means we can evenly distribute the work load by creating 4 cards each. I was in charge of Octavia human and Octavia Octopus (as Octavia is designed loosely on me). There are also 5 minions so it was fair to do a minion each. I got the minion of Agility and lastly, i created Yukky.
Here are the 4 cards.
Once we have decided on a typography design these cards will be changed to include our design.
Now that the group has discussed, we have decided to do a mock up design of all the cards in full colour which we will later finalize with the typography included. We are doing 4 cards each, i’m doing Octavia Human, Octavia Octopus, Yukky and Minion 5 which i have renamed Mingility as he is the minion of Agility.
Here are some very rough sketches i did in my sketchbook.