Hanabi is one of my favorite games of all time. It is a cooperative card game where players can see everyone else's cards but not their own. When I played with my grandma and grandpa, they had a difficult time seeing the cards. Since they had a hard time differentiating between the colors and numbers, I redesigns them to make them easier to tell apart.
This project was made in Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop.
CONCEPT Hanabi is one of the most popular games among my family. You can watch a video of how to play here. An issue we ran into as we introduced it to more family members is that some of them, especially the older generations, had a hard time differentiating between the cards as well as telling what colors or numbers were depicted. I redesigned the cards to help everyone play together, so far this has been incredibly effective.
CHANGES The main change I focused on was the readability of the cards. I found that the members of my family had issues differentiating the suits from each other because the shapes of the fireworks are so similar, the fireworks are too small, and the numbers and suits can be unreadable from a distance.
COLOR Each firework has its own unique shape in the deck I created. While this also is true in the original Hanabi, I accentuated this for my version. You can see the way I created each firework under the card displays. I gave red firework thin, semicircle shaped branches. Each branch of the yellow firework received a thick droplet shape, almost like a sunflower. Green fireworks are a wavy thin-to-thick outward-stretching shape, with more of a variety of color. The blue fireworks are pretty basic straight branched, with a slight curve. For the white fireworks, I went with an alternating curved line & straight line pattern, layering a smaller version of the main firework on top of itself. The last firework, the rainbow one, is special, so it is curly and bright. Each color firework also has a corresponding border reflecting the color of the firework it corresponds to.
NUMBER The fireworks appear much larger in my cards than in the original Hanabi, as well, the cards I created have a much clearer trail. This way, people who try to read the cards can clearly count the fireworks or the trails to figure out how many fireworks there are on the card. This change makes the number readable in multiple ways on the card. The color is also readable in multiple ways. Since implementation, our games have gotten a lot faster since people don't misunderstand the cards as often.