Elena Berg

Symbiotic Relationships: Card Backs, A, P

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Working Together

As a group, we defined that we wanted to focus on the consistency of our layouts while still allowing for each person’s individual personality to shine through the illustration of the cards.

This took a lot of our initial process time, along with weeks of research as to what symbiotic animal pairs would fit within the alphabet. In the end, this research and consideration to detail proved incredibly important in the success of our cards.

Card Backs

This idea came about by looking at a stock image that inspired me to have hands interlocking to represent the idea of working together in a symbiotic relationship. In the hands are images of many of the different creatures within the card deck. This design had the most amount of iteration to come up with something that properly represented the variations of ecosystems and living beings in the cards.

There were some hiccups in the printing process and I found out that I needed a white background to keep the blending styles to stay the same when exported. Despite the differences in color, it didn’t turn out to be too bad.

Mockup of card backs and screenshots of opening title screen interaction
Card Backs
Video of Card Back Tablet Interaction Prototyped with Principle App

A - American Beaver

The American Beaver benefits other animals directly and indirectly through their environment. This prompted me to include details about the beaver’s habitat in the illustration, particularly the river and damn that they create.

I also wanted to hint towards the interaction with its pair, the Kingfisher, so I included the bird and fish in the river that the bird eats. This also bleeds into the interaction where you can interact with the fish and bird as well as the beavers.

Mockup of letter A with pair, Kingfisher, and screenshot of interaction
American Beaver
American Beaver

P - Perennials

Perennials are any type of plant that live 2 or more years, which is a pretty broad category of plants and includes many types of flowers and bushes. Because of this, I wanted to represent as many plants possible that would be present in the area where its pair, Xantus’ Hummingbird, lives - aka - Southern California.

I also hinted again at the pair by including it in the illustration and interaction. The art for this piece took me the longest because of the painted style that involved building in many layers.

Mockup of letter P with pair, Xantus’ Hummingbird, and screenshot of interaction
Perennials
Video of Perennials Tablet Interaction Prototyped with Principle App

What did I learn?

The main thing I learned while working in this group is how important it is to have a solid idea of where you are going with the project. Because we were able to figure this part out in the beginning, the rest of the project went much more smoothly. I also learned more about the printing process, which is something I had been looking to get more experience in.

Photo of Cards A, P, and the Back Side
Photo of Cards A, P, and the Back Side

Downloadable Assets

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