Desjgn 100% Plastic Playing Cards: Classic Victorians
My passion is playing cards. I enjoy designing both faces and backs and have them printed on 100% plastic for longevity and durability.
My name is Jason Hawley and I am the owner and graphic designer of Desjgn (pronounced J Design) Playing Cards which feature my original back and face designs, printed on quality, 100% plastic. My passion is not only designing playing cards that respect the traditional and historical background of playing cards, but also infusing my own interpretation with modern flair.
While I have completed many back and face designs in various index styles, this project focuses on jumbo index with the back design called Classic Victorian in poker size. There will be four different back colors with descriptions on what the ideal printed hue will be as all monitors vary in how they interpret color: Dragon, a rich cranberry red; Griffon, a deep blue; Gargoyle, a dark slate gray; and Sphinx, a nice toned down mustard yellow. Dragon and Griffon colors will be offered in one set while Gargoyle and Sphinx colors in another. Each deck will come plastic wrapped and all sets will come packaged in a black textured box with silver foil trim edges and the top lid featuring the Desjgn logo, also in silver foil.
As mentioned, the cards will be printed on a bright white, textured, 100% plastic material for longevity and durability. I go with plastic because, a) they can easily be washed off if a beverage is spilled on them during a game or become dirty after extended hours of play; b) they are not easily bent and avoid, for example, having doggy eared cards; c) they handle and shuffle beautifully and with the subtle texture on the plastic surface, they mimic a papery feel; and d) while a great deal of time was invested in the designs, it is also nice to be able to play with these functional art pieces as well!
My updates will include an in-depth design analysis/history of each of the court cards, providing a story of what inspired me, the design elements, and each court card's history. All of these updates will be compiled, nicely printed, and included in any of the backer rewards.
Speaking of the rewards, here are the mock ups of the shirts, an example of an uncut sheet, and a mock up of the canvas print.
Lastly, Desjgn Playing Cards is on Facebook, so I invite you to come and like Desjgns!
Risks and challenges
So what are the risks and challenges for me to produce lines of playing cards? Time is by far the most challenging aspect as it plays a a vital role in scheduling when production and printing can begin, which is why I have put a delivery date of sometime in September 2013 for delivery. However, I hope that I can have them out sooner than that.
I hope this overview of what takes place in the production and manufacturing process helps shed some light on how much time plays a significant role as a challenge. Once artwork is received and a proof has been approved for all face and back designs, projects are put into the queue for production and the plates that transfer the inks to the plastic are made. The printers provide me a timeframe based on quantity. For this project, I suspect it will be around 30 days. During this time, they will be printed, cello-wrapped, packaged, and placed into boxes for shipping. Shipping could take up to 40 days, not including customs processing, and this could be delayed based on weather conditions etc. during transit. There's not much of a solution to this challenge other than to be patient and give plenty of time to get the printing down correctly with quality being a priority rather than speed. I hope this helps.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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