Share this project

Done

Share this project

Done
The impact of monochrome. Crushed stock, traditional cut, printed by USPCC, exploring how one colour group can flourish in your palm.
347 backers pledged £9,140 to help bring this project to life.
Last updated

About

Mono - X Playing Cards project video thumbnail
Replay with sound
Play with
sound

£9,140

347

 project video thumbnail
Replay with sound
Play with
sound

 Mono - X playing cards are the start of a new collection aiming to explore how the family of a single colour can create design with impact and ambition - the deck you will flourish with. 

Mono - X in motion
Mono - X in motion

Those who have backed my projects before know I believe in close communication with you, the backers, because I know how it feels to be a backer. So, I wanted to create this deck for you; the people using them, collecting them, watching them. This is our deck, this is Mono - X.

Mono - X front ot tuck
Mono - X front ot tuck

Features

  • First design in new Mono collection: Mono - X
  • Mono - X to be printed by the United States Playing Card Company (USPCC)
  • One time print run of maximum 2500 decks
  • 56 custom poker size playing cards
  • Custom printed tuck box with custom seal
  • Premium crushed bee card stock
  • Traditional cut
  • Air cushion finish
  • 2 way back design
  • Part full bleed designed for cardistry
  • Double backer card included
  • Fulfilment by Gambler's Warehouse
  • PLUS! Every backer can request a free card back phone background image after successful funding and also a PDF certificate of gratitude for backing the project
  • WITH! Free weatherproof stickers for every backer with 6 or more decks reward / limited edition / prototype / signed deck / poker chip (see below sticker section for details)
  • AND! A free custom poker chip is available for every backer with at least 12 decks! (1 chip per brick). This is also available as an add-on.
Mono - X back of tuck
Mono - X back of tuck
 project video thumbnail
Replay with sound
Play with
sound

Stretch Goals

More visuals to be released as we get closer to stretch goal unlocks.

  • Un-cut sheets add-on - Unlocked
  • Limited Edition deck add-on - Unlocked
  • Traditional card cut - Unlocked
  • Custom poker chip add-on - Unlocked
  • Free stickers, limited availability - Unlocked
Back of card fan
Back of card fan

Concept

We live in a world surrounded by colour. Some of us have the ability to see it more vividly that others, some of us can detect differences in colour more easily too. But what happens when we isolate one of those colours and explore it's range? I present to you Mono, a collection of playing cards design to do just take; to take a single colour and all of it's tints, and see what beauty it can create in monochrome.

Final tuck box
Final tuck box

For Mono - X I wanted to created a distinctive pattern to compliment the monochrome use of black. A graphic designer by trade, I enjoy experimenting with graphics to see what shapes you can create and this deck uses different thickness and lengths of lines to create the pattern you will see.

 project video thumbnail
Replay with sound
Play with
sound
Distinctive - ambitious

The card back makes a large 2-way X using these lines, and combines it with a grainy texture type gradient for a bold design with a subtle transition to make for more interesting flourishes and fans.

Theme application
Theme application

As well as the back of the card, the pattern flows through the deck seamlessly, custom pips use half of the pattern, the ace of spades adopting the larger, gritty texture from the back of the deck design.

5 of hearts
5 of hearts
Are you a fan?
Are you a fan?

As well as the custom pips on the card faces, the sides of the cards are also design for front side fans as well by using details stretching from side of the cards.

Custom pips
Custom pips

Using the style of line thickness from the pattern, the amount of lines ranges from 1-4, 1 for spades, 2 for diamonds, 3 for clubs and 4 for hearts.

Side detail in fan
Side detail in fan

As this deck is monochrome, I decided to use a grey in place of the traditional red. I believe this ensures the theme is maintained but still provides enough difference between the suits. 

Photo by @more_than_paper
Photo by @more_than_paper

Custom court cards also make use of the theme, with, like the pips, half of each court being made up of line staggering to establish pattern and shapes based from the traditional courts.

Custom court cards
Custom court cards

As this is the X deck from the Mono collection, I wanted to create a joker card that not only maintains the theme of the deck, but also creates an X with the words, a nod towards my typographic experience, and an interesting twist on traditional joker cards. The jokers also have the side of card details, but are thicker to make them different to the four suits.

Photo by @more_than_paper
Photo by @more_than_paper
Minimal monochrome
Minimal monochrome
One time print run
One time print run

Bonus

Like with my previous campaigns, all backers will have the opportunity to receive the back of card as a phone background image, free with their reward. They will also have access to a digital download PDF certificate of gratitude to acknowledge and thank you for being part of the Kickstarter campaign (1 per backer, not per deck). To get these bonus items, backers would just need to message me directly once they have completed their survey and request their files be emailed to them - options will not be part of the survey.

Free phone background
Free phone background

Stickers

Every backer who selects the 6 deck reward or has a limited edition, prototype or signed deck, or poker chip, or poster added to their pledge, will receive 2x 50mm diameter, weatherproof sticker free with their reward. Backers with 12 decks or more reward will receive 4x stickers. Also available to other backers, limited amount available, please contact me directly to apply for the reservation list for this free bonus as this is first come first served. Final amount of prints to be confirmed.

Sticker visual
Sticker visual

Add-ons

When you select an add-on, please message me once you have pledged to confirm your selection.

Prototype Deck: Message for details

For this project I had prototypes made of the design, and some of the one before the latest version I have available for sale, these are of the almost completed design. They are very similar to the final design, but I have made some final changes, and I have only 5 of these decks available for sale. These are printed in the UK, not by USPCC and are for collective purposes, not on the same level of stock. As they are so so rare, please message me if you are interested to add on one of these decks to your pledge. I will sign the inside of the tuck flap for you as well. Price will vary based on location, so just send me a direct message if you are interested! 2x stickers also included.

Back of prototype deck tuck. This is not the final design.
Back of prototype deck tuck. This is not the final design.

Signed Deck: £6 per deck

If you would like one or more of your decks signed, I request only for you to increase your pledge by £6 per deck to cover the additional delivery and message me to confirm your add-on. The deck will be signed in an area of your choice, either on tuck box, outside the cello-wrap or directly to the box or on a card itself. The opened decks will not be re-wrapped by hand in cello unless specially requested and confirmed by me, but I assure you will always be safely packaged for their trip to you. (This is not an extra deck, this is signing your existing reward deck). 2x stickers also included.

Back of Card Poster: £12 UK / £15 ROW

420x594mm (A2 paper size), signed on the back of the poster - limited print run so get them before they go! This will be the back of the card design adapted to fit the paper size. For UK backers, please add on £12 to your pledge for one poster, or for the rest of the world, please add on £15 for one poster, then increase by £8 for each additional print - these prices include delivery. Example, 3x prints UK = £12+£8+£8 Please message me to confirm your add-on. 2x stickers also included.

A2 poster print
A2 poster print

Custom Tee: £20 including delivery worldwide

Custom t-shirts made in the UK by RudViolet, these have long-lasting vinyl print on 100% cotton Gildan t-shirts, available in black or white versions. These t-shirts come in a range of men's sizes and women's slim fit sizes. To add a t-shirt on to your pledge, simply increase by £20 which includes delivery, and message me your colour and size selection.

Custom tees by RudViolet, men's (left & centre), women's fitted (right)
Custom tees by RudViolet, men's (left & centre), women's fitted (right)

Mens T-Shirts (to fit chest, inches)
S 34" - 36"
M 38" - 40"
L 42" - 44"
XL 46" - 48"
XXL 50" - 52"

Ladies 'Fitted' T-Shirts (size & inches)
S 8/10 32"
M 10/12 34"
L 12/14 37"
XL 14/16 39"
XXL 18/20 44"

Grey custom tee
Grey custom tee

Uncut Sheets - Unlocked

Indicative visual of uncut sheet front
Indicative visual of uncut sheet front

Limited Edition - Unlocked

  • Printed by Make Playing Cards
  • Only 30 decks being sold
  • 54 card deck on linen stock
  • Custom limited edition tuck box
  • Signed and numbered tuck
  • Reversed back of card
  • Personalised Ace of Spades card included additional to your deck so you can use the deck as your own, or keep the standard cards too
  • Printed, signed and numbered certificate of ownership per deck All other back of cards stay the same
  • 2x free stickers included
  • Price depends slightly on location - message me for details
Limited Edition Deck
Limited Edition Deck

So this Kickstarter exclusive deck will be on lower quality stock than the standard deck, MPC's linen stock, but finds its value in its rarity! The reason for this is so that can produce such a small print run - I want these to really be exclusive to you guys! With only 30 being printed, signed and numbered tuck, and with a personal AoS for each deck, this really does make an incredible collectors item. Some makers will do hundreds, maybe thousands, of limited edition decks. I am only doing 30!! The personalised AoS gives you the chance to have a name of your choice printed in to the deck!

The price does vary slightly by location because of delivery only, so I will be messaging everyone who the reservation list to increase their pledge first, and those who don't increase or change their mind, I will then instruct the waiting list backers. This was a first come first served deck. We do currently have a big waiting list, but please, still do contact me to register your interest!

Poker Chip - Unlocked

UV directly printed on to 39mm diameter ceramic poker chip, 3mm thickness, totally custom design. If you back this project for at least 12 decks, you will get a chip included, FREE! This allows one free chip per brick, so if you have 2 bricks, you get 2 chips, free! This is also available as a paid add-on. If you would like to add any additional chips to your pledge, please increase by £5 per chip, and message me to confirm your add on! 2x free stickers also included.

Custom poker chip visual
Custom poker chip visual

Design Updates

Since promoting this deck, I have continued to work to improve the design and mould it in to the closest thing I can to what I envisaged in my early concept stages. Through feedback and analysis, I have made some changes from the Instagram images you may or may not of seen online, so I just want to address those here so they are not missed. While they may be small, it's these little details I feel all deserve to at least be aware of and appreciate the deck's development. 

prototype vs final design
prototype vs final design

Simple changes to the tuck but the most noticeable, the printer details confirmed and have been added to back and sides, while the shape of the pattern on the back of the tuck has also been adjusted for a smoother composition with adjusted alignment. I have decided to remove the gradient from the joker which moves through the words and keep the grain texture. This brings it more inline with the Ace of Spades colouring. Finally, the numbers on all card faces have been reduced very small amount to make them neater and more uniform. The diamonds have also been very slightly increased in size to visually balance with the other suits.

Thoughts

Some words from influential figures
Some words from influential figures

 Fulfilment

This will be carried out by the ever knowledgeable Gambler's Warehouse based in the USA. This means your decks will be going straight from USPCC to them for immediate dispatch! Please note, for rewards under 6 decks, tracking will not be available for your packages in the standard delivery costs - tracking will be included for all 6 deck pledges or more. I will be confirming with you with updates when cards get dispatched if we get funded. If you would like to add tracking to your order for less than 6 decks, please message me directly to organise the additional pledge amount required. Please note your rewards and add-ons may not arrive together due to:

  • Standard Edition decks and uncut sheets - Shipped from USA
  • Signed Standard Edition - Shipped from USA to UK, then to you from UK
  • Limited Edition - Shipped from UK
  • Prototype Deck - Shipped from UK
  • Posters and t-shirts - Shipped from UK
  • Poker chip - Shipped from USA to UK, then to you from UK
Ace of spades
Ace of spades

Thank you

There are a lot of beautiful cards out there, I am a collector as well as a creator so I know how card it is to pick which decks you go for! I just want to thank you if you do back this project, share this project, talk about this project, and know that all your support really does mean the world to me.

I would love to bring this deck to life. It is a new challenge for me to create such a deck and I have worked hard, gained feedback to try and make this design a success - I always ensure a close communication with backers through the whole process. It may not be for everyone, but I really hope together we can make it reality. 

There are no early bird rewards, simply because I wanted to make sure everyone has a fair chance at lower prices through the whole project instead! If you have any questions, please feel free to message me, and be sure to follow me on Instagram @luke_wadey_design for information on all my playing card designs.

Design and detail renders: Luke Wadey @luke_wadey_design
Performance videos and photos with prototype: Nate @more_than_paper
Photography and teaser video: Graeme Duncan @__gsd
Photography: Lewis @kiingofcards
Animation and header image: Nicolas Molines @nicolas.molines
End video: @_tim2ramm and @sokratesabathi

This is just the beginning, this is Mono - X. 

Thank you.

 project video thumbnail
Replay with sound
Play with
sound

Risks and challenges

It is vital that backers return their surveys to me as soon as possible to make sure all the decks can be dispatched at the same time. This can often be a challenge so please backers do make sure to follow my updates. There can be some delays whilst the deck is being printed, and also after dispatch, some orders may take longer to arrive than expected. This is normal, so I appreciate your patience if we get funded and I will do everything I can to make the process fast and smooth.

Please note that like with all projects printing may have very small differences to the images due to their tolerances. I will do everything I can to get the printed version as close to the images as possible.

Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Questions about this project? Check out the FAQ

Support

  1. Select this reward

    Pledge £1 or more About $2

    A helping hand

    Just to help the project, a free phone background image included

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    3 backers
    £

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  2. Select this reward

    Pledge £8 or more About $11

    1 Deck of Mono - X

    Includes:
    • 1x Deck of Mono - X
    • Card Back Phone Background (Available on request)
    • PDF Certificate of Gratitude (Available on request)
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    139 backers
    £

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  3. Select this reward

    Pledge £10 or more About $13

    Just the poster

    This for the A2 signed, back of card poster print and phone background only, no cards included. For more than one print, please increase total pledge by £8 per print.

    Includes:
    • Card Back Phone Background (Available on request)
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    1 backer
    £

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  4. Select this reward

    Pledge £15 or more About $19

    2 Decks of Mono - X

    Includes:
    • 2x Decks of Mono - X
    • Card Back Phone Background (Available on request)
    • PDF Certificate of Gratitude (Available on request)
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    130 backers
    £

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  5. Select this reward

    Pledge £20 or more About $26

    Just the t-shirt

    Custom t-shirts made in the UK by RudViolet, these have long-lasting vinyl print on 100% cotton Gildan t-shirts, available in black or white versions. These t-shirts come in a range of men's sizes and women's slim fit sizes.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    0 backers
    £

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  6. Select this reward

    Pledge £23 or more About $30

    3 Decks of Mono - X

    Includes:
    • 3x Decks of Mono - X
    • Card Back Phone Background (Available on request)
    • PDF Certificate of Gratitude (Available on request)
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    32 backers
    £

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  7. Select this reward

    Pledge £30 or more About $38

    4 Decks of Mono - X

    Includes:
    • 4x Decks of Mono - X
    • Card Back Phone Background (Available on request)
    • PDF Certificate of Gratitude (Available on request)
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    18 backers
    £

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  8. Select this reward

    Pledge £43 or more About $55

    Half Brick of Mono - X

    Includes:
    • 6x Decks of Mono - X
    • Card Back Phone Background (Available on request)
    • PDF Certificate of Gratitude (Available on request)
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    12 backers
    £

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  9. Select this reward

    Pledge £85 or more About $108

    1x Brick of Mono - X

    Includes:
    • 12x Decks of Mono - X
    • Card Back Phone Background (Available on request)
    • PDF Certificate of Gratitude (Available on request)
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    9 backers
    £

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  10. Select this reward

    Pledge £165 or more About $209

    2x Bricks of Mono - X

    Includes:
    • 24x Decks of Mono - X
    • Card Back Phone Background (Available on request)
    • PDF Certificate of Gratitude (Available on request)
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    2 backers
    £

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.

Funding period

- (26 days)