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CBC/Smokebomb Entertainment

This design contract was a part of the online/offline special event Murdoch Mysteries: The Infernal Device, a collaborative production of CBC and SmokeBomb Entertainment. As outlined on the game website:

The Infernal Device cast fans in the role of detective, immersing them in an original Murdoch Mysteries story that began online and extended out into the real world.
It combined video, photos, documents, letters, and other epistolary evidence punctuated with diabolical puzzles, cryptographic conundrums, and devious minigames that served to successively unlock more of the story.

For this project, we designed schematic drawings for the Infernal Device based on a short written description from the client. The schematic drawing is a collage of royalty-free vector images and original artwork and was large format printed on tracing paper..


A series of postcards were created and handed out by actors at each of the live events in Toronto, Montreal, Edmonton, Vancouver and London, England. Each postcard included digital collages of royalty-free images with original artwork and used fonts reminiscent of the story’s time period. On the reverse side of each postcard is a written clue for the next chapter of the mystery, plus a brief disclaimer, an explanation of the project and a link to the website.

We also designed a several large format print layouts, also in keeping with the time period, including this invitation complete with public domain advertisements from the early 1900s. This digital collage was printed tabloid size and handed out by actors at the Toronto live event. Similar to the postcards, this printed prop also included hidden clues, a disclaimer and a brief explaination of the project.

Another digital collage, this newspapger layout was created to match the time period of the Murdoch Mysteries storyline using public domain imagery and original artwork. This prop was created for the Vancouver live event, printed tabloid size printing, incorporated hidden clues and handed out by actors dressed as newspaper street vendors from the early 1900s.

This advertisement was created using public domain imagery, a photograph of the actor and original artwork. The final image was used, to coinside with the scheduled live event in Edmonton, on printed postcards, printed signage and hidden within prop newspapers.