Visual Communication - Bachelors

Enola Holmes Graphic Props AR

The idea behind this project is to turn the descriptions of clues in the Enola Holmes Mystery series by Nancy Springer into graphic props with AR animations to create a believable, authentic world in which Enola Holmes is solving mysteries. The animations include decrypted messages, embroidery, a telegram message, a moving portrait and symbols, and writing.

Michelle Ventura Rodriguez

The Graphic props

Telegram form.
At the beginning of the Enola Holmes Mystery series, Enola’s mother disappears from her home. Unsure what to do Enola sends a telegram to her brothers Mycroft and Sherlock Holmes about what has happened. The AR animation shows the message she sends to her brothers on top of a telegram form.
The Missing Marquess newspaper clipping.
The Missing Marquess is the first mystery Enola Holmes solves when she runs away from home. She first reads of the case in the newspaper where she sees a full-body portrait of Tewksbury.
Dr Leslie T. Ragostin's, a Scientific Perditorian, calling card.
In the Enola Holmes Mysteries series, Enola poses as the secretary to the fictitious Dr Leslie T. Ragostin, a Scientific Perditorian, so that she can stay hidden from her brothers but still solve mysteries. During the books, she changes Dr Ragostin’s calling card to use as her own, penning Mrs before his name as well as creating a new persona for herself Mrs John Jacobson. The AR animation shows these changes to Dr Ragostin’s calling card.
Unfolded cryptic message sent to the newspaper.
In The Case of the Bizarre Bouquets, Dr John Watson is kidnapped and placed into the Colney Hatch Asylum under the name Mr Kippersalt. When Enola figures this out she sends a cryptic message to be placed in the newspaper for her brothers, Sherlock and Mycroft Holmes, to find and retrieve Watson. The AR animation shows the decrypted message Enola has sent to the newspaper.
Pink fan with a coded message.
In the Case of the Peculiar Pink Fan, Enola Holmes finds Lady Cecily in distress with this pink fan. When she is left with the pink fan, Enola looks closer to find that Lady Cecily has written an invisible (using lemon juice) coded (mason cipher) message on the paper. A little burning darkens the message so Enola is able to decode it. The AR animation shows the decrypted message.

Later in the story, Enola disguises herself as a lady news reporter to discover more about the origins of a pink fan that was a party favour during a trendy pink tea party. The AR animation shows the notes Enola makes as she is being recounted with the details of the party by a maid.
Morse code on paper.
In The Case of the Cryptic Crinoline, Enola Holmes discovers an embroidered crinoline is actually a morse coded message from Florence Nightingale to Queen Victoria Regina. The AR animation reveals the decrypted message.
Brown paper package with ivy and chrysanthemum pencilled on it.
In the last novel, The Case of the Disappearing Duchess, a package is delivered to Ferndell Hall, Enola’s home. Sherlock Holmes is first sent word of this package and discovers “crewed” charcoal symbols covering the entirety of the parcel. But on closer inspection, he sees the drawing of a Chrysanthemum and vines of ivy, which are the code names between his mother, Eudoria Vernet Holmes, and his sister Enola, and so must be from his mother to his sister. The AR animation shows the crewed symbols, which turns out to be made by Gypsies which their mother had run off with, since the beginning of the series.
Embroidered initials, DdC, on handkerchief.
Later in the story, the Duquesa del Campo is abducted in an underground train station. When Enola steps in to solve the case she finds the Duquesa’s handkerchief with the embroidery picked out, in a second-hand store. The AR animation shows the embroidery of the Duquesa’s handkerchief, red and gold to represent her Spanish heritage, using a backstitch method.

the AR animations

Michelle Ventura Rodriguez

Michelle is a jill of all trades: creator, illustrator, graphic designer and photographer. Her style is inspired by films, the late 1800s and early 1900s, vintage typography, ephemera, the Old American West and nature. Using visual mediums, she loves creating a world, telling a story and sharing what inspires her.