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Is The End Nigh?

 

2016 MFA
Art Direction: Joe Scorsone
Photography: Elena Dimi

Is The End Nigh? is a board game which forces players into the suspicious mindset of doomsday theorists. Players interpret surprisingly inconspicuous clues on a calendar in order to determine which apocalyptic event will occur at the end of the month. Entirely self-authored, each clue a player comes across can be found in three different scenarios, so players must find a common thread in the clues they discover that month in order to prepare adequately.

The branding of the game blends the comedy and crudeness of Weekly World News with counterculture art of the 1960s. Typically thrown-away artifacts are given purpose through the form of score cards and manuals. As a result, the abundant paraphernalia and packaging is light-hearted and seemingly undesigned, yet still a cohesive brand.

There are five different scenarios that can occur at the end of the month, shown on the  Doomsday cards above. The scenarios include World War III, Artificial Intelligence Take Over, Pandemic, Rapture, and Alien Invasion. The clue cards that belong to each scenario fall into two other Doomsday scenarios as well, so players must find a common thread as they reveal clues throughout the month.

The paraphernalia carries from the manual over to the playing cards of the game. Tool cards that players collect rely on specific symbols to organize themselves into Escape, Weapon, and Health categories. Action cards draw inspiration from classified ads.

Although my current home is Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, I’ve had the pleasure of working with people locally and internationally, including Landor Associates in Hamburg, Germany, and House9 Design, in Montreal, Canada.

As a visual designer, I’m concerned with impacting markets and social groups in a positive way through thoughtful research and cultural perspective. My academic work and educational background reflects my appreciation for perspective. As a student, I studied visual anthropology and German while actively working towards a degree in Graphic Design at the Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, USA.

My personal interests in the field involve the relationship between people and materials produced for them, exploring object culture through reinterpreting artifacts. I’m drawn to the differences between commercial goods and the meaning embodied in their forms, designing things typically discarded and reimagining those materials when they aren’t.

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Freelance Inquiries

Hey there! Send me an email at laura.a.sutphen@gmail.com.

Services

branding, illustration, print design, website design, research, copywriting