The Art of Playing Cards is a recently established company which focuses on designing modern and thought provoking playing cards. 'Glaives' is the premiere pack to be released and will be available here on Kickstarter first.
The design of the cards is based on creating asymmetry in the four suit icons. The name 'Glaives' has been chosen because the new icons suggest the ends of a polearm, with the honour cards in particular resembling double-edged glaives, evocative of fantasy genres.
The Glaives honour cards have intentionally moved away from traditional face card design. I believe the depiction of royal figures to show a hierarchy of power is outdated and I propose it needs rethinking. Generally the order of playing cards represents a progression towards the Ace of each suit, which in turn represents the suit as a whole. With this in mind the Glaives honour cards have been designed to show a geometric but also aesthetic progression towards the top card, therefore regenerating the playing card ideal. At this time the indices have been kept as A, K, Q and J so the deck is still widely accessible, however in the future I intend to progressively introduce new indices as a reboot. A degree of uniformity has been kept across the suits in order to emphasise the identity of each card value.
The front and back of the Glaives design purposely preserves standard rotational symmetry, mainly for performing magic tricks. A limited edition tessellating card back has been designed especially for Kickstarter funders (below) and will be used with all Kickstarter rewards. The standard back shown below will be adopted once the design is generally available.
The money raised through Kickstarter will cover the cost of the initial run of playing cards and promotional items and allow me to progress my other designs with more confidence. I do not want to make each pack design a limited edition; I want to create standard packs of modernised playing cards which inspire more people to play. However, I will still be offering unique rewards for Kickstarter funders.
The first run of Glaives will be standard bridge size, which is slightly slimmer than standard poker size and therefore more versatile. The boxes for this run will be labelled to prove it is the very first run of this design and all subsequent packs will have a progressively higher number. The unique number for this run is B001-01/1 (Bridge size, design 001, revision 01, run 1).
To make these rewards even more special I have designed limited edition poker chips to match the Glaives card design, to be available in white, black, gold, silver and bronze (please note that they will be coated, non-metallic colours). These poker chips will only be available through Kickstarter, after which I will not reuse any of the above designs. The poker chips are ceramic and weigh 10g each. A poker set containing 20 of each coloured chip is available in a velvet chip bag.
If this project is successful then there are a myriad of design ideas I would like to bring to the market. The next complete design will be the 'Celtic' pack (number B002-01/1), which could potentially be launched during summer next year.
The aim of TAOPC is to explore the form and symbolism of traditional playing card icons and advance these fascinating aspects to create thought provoking and abstract designs. I want to re-standardise the face of playing cards through designs which articulate a new way of thinking.
Risks and challenges
The main risk with this project is not being able to meet demand. The rewards are scheduled for March 2013 in order to apply a contingency for these reasons:
The project will complete in 30 days (early December).
I may not receive the reward funds until mid December.
I will not be able to order the cards until early January due to Christmas shut down.
I may not obtain the purchased cards from the manufacturer until mid January.
Postage to the funder may take longer than anticipated.
Based on this I am assuming that the rewards will be dispatched to the funder by March at the latest.