'Turkish Alphabet Table' Puzzle
A puzzle game aiming to teach Turkish alphabet and Turkish letter sounds to English speaking people.
Using the advantage of Turkish letter sounds, which rarely change depending on their position in a word, I created this puzzle game. Inspired by the periodic table, each piece is color coded and contains a letter, its closest pronunciation in an English word (using the information from the Turkish course website of Princeton University), and a number showing their position in the alphabet. Letters were also separated into four groups (consonants, vowels, 'special' Turkish letters, letters that are not in the alphabet) and positioned accordingly. Concept of periodic table and the scientific feel of the whole puzzle is in parallel with Turkish language which is mostly based on rules, and less on exceptions.
Laser cutter was used to create wooden puzzle pieces and the etching on them. The colors were added by hand, and all the pieces were coated with a flat enamel for a fine finish. The icon used in the background was taken out from traditional Turkish rugs and turned into a pattern. That icon is called 'Eli Belinde' (Hands on Hips) and represents fertility in the land, and women.