NANCY DREW

THE SECRET OF THE OLD CLOCK

 

Nancy Drew was one of my favorite characters growing up. From reading the series and playing the desktop video game to creating a neighborhood spy organization with my best friend, I owe my nosiness and love for mystery to the teen sleuth.

After I attended a seminar for graphic design in filmmaking, our mentor Annie Atkins suggested creating props for a beloved character or historical figure. I knew exactly who to choose. I re-read the first book in the series and designed period props and set decoration for Nancy's story. Not only do these graphic elements create a sense of time and place, they are essential to the plot as the mystery unfolds.

 

NANCY'S DRIVER'S LICENSE

Printed card stock, additional lettering done by typewriter and hand, inked stamp, and inked thumb.

 
 

JOSIAH'S NOTEBOOK

Josiah's notebook proved to be an essential clue in this unraveling story. A key hidden inside leads Nancy to a secret safe deposit box and a highly sought-after will.

The book is hand bound in leather with DIY gold foil lettering.

The safe deposit box admission record was printed on grey card stock with additional typewriter and hand lettering.

 

Handwritten message on tea-stained pages.

Sourced vintage key and fabricated tag. (By fabricated, I mean I cut up an old beer can, stamped numbers into the aluminum, and aged it with acrylic paint.)

 

JOSIAH'S WILL

Josiah's handwritten will and a typed version for those not brave enough to decipher his handwriting.

 

SET DECORATION

Nancy does some sleuthing at Camp Avondale.

And, of course, she does some shopping at Taylor's.

These mockups were created from reference photos and my own logo designs.