CHROMA NINJA

/ INTERACTIVE INSTALLATION

On August 2nd 2021, we began a new 3-week Interactive Installations class at Harbour.Space with Daniel Scheibel of Red Paper Heart. Our assignment for that class was to design and create an interactive installation inspired by mini celebrations. We needed to come up with a concept that would guide the art direction of the installation, which I found to be extremely interesting and motivating. We were expected to produce working prototypes and design the installation as if we would have an unlimited budget.

TOOLS

Figma
After Effects
Blender
Java

TEAM MEMBERS

Ciaran Kelly
Sonal Srivastava
Thibault Schegin

MENTOR

Daniel Scheibel

MY ROLE

UX Design
Visual Design
3D Artist

IDEATION & CONCEPT

What do we celebrate?

After few sessions of brainstorming we finally came up with a theme for our mini celebration’s installation. We wanted to celebrate: birthday parties, carnivals and competition.

Let’s introduce Chroma Ninja! A carnival-themed party game that can be played at festivals, carnivals, fun fairs and shopping malls.

Chroma Ninja team, from left: Thibault, Maggie, Sonal, CiaranSonal holding a poster "Chroma Ninja"

The experience

Attracting a crowd

The installation would be ideally hosted in a festival-style tent, decorated with external visuals, lights and music to attract the crowd. To control the crowd we created a ticket system that uses colours to manage different groups of participants. The ticket booth will be positioned outside the arena.

Tickets chroma Ninja

HOW DOES IT WORK?

Four players enter the room, which is made out of five walls with four customised LED buttons (5mx5m arena). Five projectors are used to project graphics on the walls that guides the participants through rounds. On the floor there will be a weight sensor to check if the player are at the centre of the arena. The buttons will be built using Arduino microcontroller.

The game itself is like musical chairs without chairs. The music starts playing and the visuals follows the rhythm, when the music stops a target colour appears on the main screen and the players have to push the target button. The first round is a trial one so no one is eliminated. Starting from the second round the number of right buttons are lower than the number of participants, so one player will be out of the game. On the last round we will finally have a winner!

Render of arena. Welcome to Chroma Ninja. People standing at the center of the arena.Render of arena. Hit the target colour Blue. People standing close to the buttonsRender of arena. Hit the target colour Blue. People standing close to the buttons

Prototype

Let’s play!

We created a physical prototype at Harbour Space University that people enjoyed playing.

Let's go, the game starts.

Prototype - video

Art Direction

Carnival Theme

For the visuals we decided to use a carnival inspired theme. Since the buttons are using LED colours, we could illuminate them with either Red, Blue or Green. This three colour are our main colour palette. For the typography we used two fonts inspired to the carnival theme as well.

Visuals and game

Congratulations, final screen of chroma ninja. Let's celebrate.

TAKEAWAYS

Working with team Onions has been amazing. Everything worked perfectly. Each one of us was responsibile for something and we always completed the task on time and helped each other when needed.

I’ve got to experiment a bit with 3D and get out of my comfort zone when we decided the art direction of the whole game.

MY MENTOR

Daniel Scheibel from Red Paper Heart.

“Margherita, Team Onions, you really pushed your creative idea to a fully flashed out working prototype. You thought about all the little details and created a whole new game that worked flawless in the end. You also worked great together as a team, one member being more passionate than the other.”

Cinema 4D, incredible machine

FUN STUFF

/ I LOVE TO PLAY AROUND, HAVING FUN EXPLORING MY CREATIVITY

ILLITERATE

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Mulino bianco billboard. Everyone wants the last crumb. Child eating cheerios

MULINO BIANCO

/ REBRANDING OF ONE OF THE MOST FAMOUS ITALIAN FOOD COMPANIES

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