Design is seeing. Constant observation leads to an acute awareness of visual forms and specific details. Walking around any city provides ample opportunity for inspiration.
In the late 19th and early 20th century, European influences were strong and Art Deco styles flourished in the neighborhoods around central Mexico City. Lotería Deco is a game based on architectural and design details from this time that were recorded through a series of walks. Window grates, tile patterns, architectural embellishments and balcony railings, created by craftsmen and designers during this era of ornamentation, offer a rich catalogue for visual delight throughout the streets of Colonia Roma, Condesa, and the Centro Histórico.
Each player receives one or more boards. A caller randomly selects a card from the deck and describes it to the players. The players with a matching pictogram mark that space with a bean. The first player to completely fill his board with beans becomes the winner, and shouts: “¡Lotería!” (Lottery!).
This game was hand-printed on our Vandercook Universal I letterpress in Mexico City.