The 7 Coolest Board Game Designs

March 7, 2011

When you think of graphic design, what comes to mind? For most of us we immediately think about direct marketing materials: brochures, postcards, catalogs, flyers and business cards. Brand logos, websites and product packaging are also graphic design mainstays; in fact, if you're reading this chances are much of your work centers around these types of projects. As we all know, some projects are more fun than others, and the field of graphic design offers hundreds and even thousands of different types of projects you can be a part of. Everyone wants to have fun on the job, but have you ever considered being a board game designer? On March 7, 1933, Charles Darrow trademarked “Monopoly,” the ever-popular game of property investment. The “Monopoly” game board is perhaps the most recognizable in the world; but it's not the only great board game ever designed. Let's take a look at seven more cool board game designs. Clue This isn't the original Clue design, but let's face it, the game needed a graphic makeover big time. Cranium Took the board gaming world by storm when it combined four types of games into one – trivia, charades, drawing/guessing and wordsmithing. I like the colorful double-path game board and its interesting critters. Dark Tower Does anyone else remember Dark Tower? Anyone? This is what electronic games looked like before video game consoles hit the market. My parents had it, but the tower never worked. Nevertheless, the game design was unique and ahead of its time. Chutes and Ladders I can't guarantee its inclusion doesn't have something to do with nostalgia; the grid is commonplace and perhaps a bit boorish, but the chutes and ladders were unique design and gaming concepts. Mouse Trap Not only a great graphic design, but also a perfect example of solid engineering and physics. If only it had a reset button! Candy Land The design is different now, but this version's molasses swamp kept me from wandering along in the woods as a child. Now, if only the Brothers Grimm had a version ... Smart Ass A relatively new game to the market, I like this one for its quirky yet easy-to-follow design.

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Brian Morris serves in various capacities as a freelance writer, content developer and public relations specialist for growing small businesses. When he’s not writing, he can be found on the racquetball court - usually getting his tail kicked by guys 20 years older.

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