An independent archive of typography.
Topics
Formats
Typefaces

Blarf board game (1981)

Contributed by Ollie Deans on Jul 9th, 2019. Artwork published in .
Blarf board game (1981) 1
Source: www.etsy.com TheGamesAreHere. License: All Rights Reserved.

Branding and packaging for the 1981 board game Blarf, designed by Robert H. Hollars and published by Parlor Games, Inc.

The rich and enticing title type is Jürgen Riebling’s Mr. Big (Berthold, 1972). It was digitally revived by Nick Curtis as Hoodoo U (2011). Mr. Big is accompanied by ITC Kabel in bold, demi and medium weights.

The instructions on the bottom side are provided in English and Spanish. They are set in Helvetica. The Parlor Games logo combines ITC Quorum with initials from Odin. “Un producto de” additionally uses ITC Benguiat.

Blarf board game (1981) 2
Source: www.ebay.com License: All Rights Reserved.
Blarf board game (1981) 3
Source: www.etsy.com TheGamesAreHere. License: All Rights Reserved.
Detail with the logo of Parlor Games, Inc.
License: All Rights Reserved.

Detail with the logo of Parlor Games, Inc.

Typefaces

  • Mr. Big
  • ITC Kabel
  • ITC Quorum
  • Odin
  • Helvetica
  • ITC Benguiat

Formats

Topics

Designers/Agencies

Artwork location

2 Comments on “Blarf board game (1981)”

  1. Lacey Horton says:
    Nov 24th, 2022 6:16 am

    This was my grandpa’s game. He invented it in 1981, the year I was born.

  2. Hi Lacey, thanks for stopping by! Do you happen to know if your grandpa was involved in the visual design and, in particular, the type choices for the box as well? I reckon this was done in-house at Parlor Games.

Post a comment