Sometimes ideas don’t pan out the way you had hoped.
This unused poster for Ernest Cline’s visit to Google is one such idea. What you’re looking at is part of the text adventure Zork: The Great Underground Empire, forming the key from the Atari 2600 game, Adventure. Both play a role in Cline’s novel, Ready Player One.
Unfortunately, the poster wasn’t very legible, and while Ready Player One’s audience would certainly grasp the homage, it’d be lost on most people. Ultimately, I scrapped it in favor of a Pac-Man / Adventure mashup.
Here are a few snapshots of the silkscreen poster I designed for Ernest Cline’s upcoming talk at Google’s campus.
Cline’s book, Ready Player One, is steeped in 80s references and video game culture. The book focuses on a group of gunters (think of them as treasure hunters) on a quest to get 3 keys. Acquisition of the keys would result in untold wealth. The notion of gathering the keys is born from the 80s adventure game titled…err…Adventure. With this in mind, I referenced the key shape from Adventure by building the form out of a Pac-Man board.
The linear aspect of the main image gave it a retro feel that harkened back to an age before the 80s. With that in mind, I designed a custom art deco inspired headline to compliment the linearity of the Pac-Man board.