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Deal with it: Playing card design is the new hot shit!

Enough with run-of- the-mill playing cards! Contemporary and extravagant designs not only make playing more fun – the decks themselves are becoming collector’s items. Drivers are the international cardistry and magic scene.

Art of Play: Modern Times

In PAGE 6.21 we take a closer look at the blooming playing card design scene and feature a lot of great deck designs and their makers. Of course, there is so much more to see! That’s why we compiled some more images of stunning playing cards for you. Enjoy!

Art of Play

The online store Art of Play was founded by cardistry masters Dan and Dave Buck. They not only sell playing cards, but also puzzles, games and quirky toys. The company launches their own decks on a regular basis, which are either created in-house or in collaboration with designers, artists and brands.

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Art of Play: Cabinetarium
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Art of Play: DKNG
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Art of Play: Henry & Sally
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Art of Play: Henry & Sally
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Art of Play: Henry & Sally
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Art of Play: Henry & Sally
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Art of Play: Lady Moon
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Art of Play: Lady Moon
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Art of Play: Modern Times
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Art of Play: Modern Times
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Art of Play: Papercuts
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Art of Play: Papercuts
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Art of Play: Smokey Bear
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Art of Play: Smokey Bear
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Vanishing Inc.

Vanishing Inc. is an online store for playing cards and magic tricks. They also publish their own deck designs, but not as regularly as Art of Play.

Vanishing Inc.:The Dapper Deck
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Vanishing Inc.:The Dapper Deck
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Vanishing Inc.:The Dapper Deck
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Vanishing Inc.:The Dapper Deck
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Vanishing Inc.:The Dapper Deck
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Vanishing Inc.: The Esoteric
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Vanishing Inc.: The Esoteric
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Vanishing Inc.: The Esoteric
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Vanishing Inc.: The Esoteric
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Vanishing Inc.: The Esoteric
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Virtuoso

Virtuoso is the brand of the cardistry collective The Virts. They design and produce card decks especially made for card flourishes. Their FW17 is already sold out, but there are more to come.

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Virtuoso: FW17
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Virtuoso: FW17
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Virtuoso: FW17
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Virtuoso: FW17
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Virtuoso: FW17
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Virtuoso: FW17
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Virtuoso: FW17
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Julia Löffler

Graphic designer Julia Löffler initially created the set “Gute Karten” (Good Cards) as a Christmas present for her relatives. After having more and more people ask about the cards, she printed a batch of 50 decks. The design is inspired by artist Editha Moser of the Wiener Werkstätte (Vienna Workshop) who created playing cards in the early 20th century.

Julia Löffler: Gute Karten
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Luke Wadey

Luke Wadey is a UK-based graphic designer who has been creating playing cards since 2017. His decks rely on typography and geometric shapes instead of illustrations or ornamental patterns. We talked to him about what it is, that makes playing card design so alluring, and how he brings his decks into being – read the interview in PAGE 6.21.

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Luke Wadey: Covid-19
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Luke Wadey: Covid-19
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Luke Wadey: Covid-19
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Luke Wadey: Covid-19
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Luke Wadey: Covid-19
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Luke Wadey: Grid Series 3
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Luke Wadey: Grid Series 3
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Luke Wadey: Grid Series 3
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Luke Wadey: Grid Series 3
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Luke Wadey: Grid Series 3
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Luke Wadey: Mono – X
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Luke Wadey: Mono – X
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Luke Wadey: Mono – X
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Deckidea

Jason Cheng is the designer behind Deckidea and has created a variety of playing card decks, all funded via Kickstarter. His most recent design, “Constellation”, is based on the astrological signs of the zodiac.

Deckidea: The Constellation
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The Seers Cards

Being an ardent magician and cardist himself, designer Jason Sawyer created “The Seers Aspectu” series with card flourishes in mind. To make these pop, he decided to use two contrasting colors for the main part of the design and added an accent color for simple highlights.

The Seers Cards: Seers Aspectu
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Malika Favre

Illustrator Malika Favre created this beautiful deck in collaboration with clothing brand Alice Balas. While the deck itself is no longer available, you can buy prints of the artwork.

Malika Favre: Lucky Hands
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Malika Favre: Lucky Hands
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Malika Favre: Lucky Hands
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There’s more!

If you’re interested in more information on the shown decks, the designers who made them and genereal information about playing card design and production make sure to check out PAGE 6.21!

PAGE 06.2021

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