The Banner Saga is a narrative heavy turn based strategy game made by Stoic Studio. The player takes charge of a couple different people in order to lead a growing caravan while trying to outrun a danger long thought to be dead.
The Banner Saga uses a banner for many of it's themes. The theme of family and lineage is shown in the game with talks of banners. The longer the banner, the bigger the family. This theme is also translated in the UI with the use of banners wherever possible. Banners are used as buttons, chat bubbles. backgrounds, and even important pop-ups. Most banners are bright colors including red, blue, green, and yellow. Other elements are themed to be more Celtic or Norse. If you look closely in the background and on the corner of pop-ups you can see swirls, knots, axes and shields.
The typography in The Banner Saga is in a lombardic style very reminiscent of old style manuscripts. There are 2 main fonts used in The Banner Saga. One is for titles and flashy pieces of information. The other font is more serif in style being simple and easy to read. This one is used for large bodies of text. It is important for this second piece to be easy to read since the game's narrative is shown primarily through large paragraphs of dialog.
The Banner Saga uses the color red to point out important pieces of information. Red is used for health, enemies, renown, unit level, events, and is even the color of lost resources (spending renown to promote units). Other than the red, most of the colors in The Banner Saga are cooler in tone. In combat, the colors are more selective with Red being used for enemies and health only. One thing to note is The Banner Saga does an excellent job of correlating yellow to Willpower. Any action that would take or give willpower is yellow. The game also makes sure the player knows how much willpower they're using.
When playing The Banner Saga, I noticed the UI but it never became apparent that I was using it. Being a tactical turn-based game, the UI is very important and Stoic did an excellent job with it. However, there are things I would change. While in camp, you are frequently in snowy areas. The blue above tents showing where your heroes or rest areas are is often lost. I had to shake the mouse around each new camp I made in order to find everything before I decided on my next action.