Design is in the Cards

Playing cards. Usually 52 cards in a deck (I have one that’s only 32, but another with 100-ish). Each one (can be) a work of art of design on a 2 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ canvas (for a Poker card). A nice way to create a collection around a theme, and make it more than just a wall hanger.

I’ll fully admit – my wife is the card player in the family. She and her family usually play at least one card game when we are together. Me? I’ve developed an interest in designing the cards more than playing.

Looking at most card decks, a lot of the real design falls to the backs and the face cards (A, K, Q, J). Amongst these cards, there can be lots of hidden meaning. Does that mean they have to stay the same across all decks? Nope. Take a look at Kickstarter and one can see a wide range of takes on playing cards. Another fun place to look is Portfolio52, where one can not only search decks, but you can even catalog your collection (we have an ever growing collection).

You will likely see some of my concepts on here over time. In addition to the Trigrams deck, I’ve also started a few others. Some are just partial decks, others are well more developed. And sadly, a few may never really see print, but I’ll talk about that in a separate post.

My current design collection of cards:

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