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PAYNE'S TRAIL

ROLE

LEAD DESIGNER

YEAR

2019

DESCRIPTION

Payne's Trail is a card game design based on a fictional myth about the very real Payne's Prairie, a state park divided by a local highway right in the heart of Gainesville, Florida. Its visual style embraces mystical iconography and scenic views that one can expect to see on their journey through the prairie. With a bright identity and mystical themes, this game design can be enjoyed by all ages.

PROCESS

Tasked with designing a game inspired by local landscape I started by making a trip to explore the trails in Payne’s Prairie State Park. Divided by a highway, this place can be experienced up close or in a fleeting drive. I was inspired by the captivating and eerie atmosphere that overtakes the park at twilight hour as the sun sets over a lake of lilly pads, tall grass, and wild life all bordered by a sweeping canopy of trees. It feels otherworldly, like a background in a fairy-tale or a scene in a deceptively inviting thriller. This drove my design process for a simple yet mystical game made for all ages.