Foto Grafis: A Photographic Twist on Playing Cards
Award winning photographer and graphic designer Paul Michael Kane offers up a photographic twist on a deck of Bicycle® playing cards.
There is no Latin translation for the term "photography" . . . instead, what I've done is utilize the words foto and grafis to name this project. Foto is Latin for "light," while Grafis mean "control." Controlling light is a key element in creating a successful image. I am very proud to present my custom deck of playing cards, Foto Grafis.
This deck is a dream project for me; a culmination of my many passions: Graphic Design, Photography and, of course, Playing Cards. I've devised a totally new system of card recognition that borrows from the digital displays of our modern cameras - that of the battery status indicator. If you look below, you'll note that the while there are 13 pips running across the top and bottom of the cards, only four of them are actively "lit" in orange - indicating the 4 of Diamonds . . . likewise for the two-card and three-card. This allows me to take advantage of a larger image area in order to optimize the space available.
As a photographer, I strive to transform the ordinary or mundane into the extraordinary and spectacular. My goal is to fill my images with astounding textures and unexpected depth. It's what I am trying to do with these cards - turning an everyday, run of the mill deck of cards into something very special. Pocket sized fine art!
The cards will be printed with the United States Playing Card Company - never was another option even considered. USPCC's unparalleled quality and attention to detail is paramount in displaying my work with as much clarity as possible. The number of options available to me as a creative professional are limitless. I am not going to make these a limited run - printing as many as are ordered and then some. The reason I hesitate to do a limited edition is that I want these cards torn open, looked at and played with . . . but I understand the collectors market - heck, I am one of those collectors. I may consider doing a limited tuck box should there be enough interest.
Here's a look at the card back . . . which won the Bicycle Club 808's Design-a-Deck competition back in May of 2013.
So let's talk some stretch goals - I've made the goal for Foto Grafis lower than average for a deck of cards printed with the USPCC - this is to ensure a successful campaign as I'll also be contributing a large portion towards overall funding. So with a goal of $8,500, our first stretch goal will be achieved at $10,000 . . . and the best part - it's a freebie! If we hit $10,000, I'll be printing up some 'thank you' poker chips which will automatically be added to any pledge that receives one or more decks. If we reach $12,000, I'll be releasing a fully designed e-Book of all the cards with a special foreword, an introduction by me and, of course, a high-resolution look at all the artwork as well as full descriptions for each photograph. At $15,000, I am working up designs for a card guard. What's left . . . well, the possibilities are endless.
What to expect in the coming days/weeks:
- Constant updates with peeks at more and more cards.
- First update w/ special announcement on Friday, October 4th!
- Stretch goals details
- Exciting Add-Ons
- Behind the scenes video
- Expect the unexpected!
I hope the preview images have you as excited for this project as I am. It's been a fantastic experience for me as a creator and I am so very hopeful that this project will achieve its goal and these cards get produced. Thanks so much for your time and consideration!
Add a Deck - If you're looking to add on a deck to your existing pledge, they are just $10.00 per deck ($13.00 for international backers) - and remember, with every deck you add, you'll be getting all the extra free stuff that goes along with it!
Update #1 - "Certificate of Appreciation" Now this just ins't any old certificate - it's actually two 16-point stock cards - the top layer having a die-cut design to see through to the bottom layer, designed with the same pattern as the inside of the Foto Grafis tuck case. The two layers are glued overtop one another - making it 32-points in total. The corners of the cards are rounded and the edges are painted orange - again to mimic the tuck case. Top notch stuff!! This is a free add-on - or what I am calling a 'no obligation' add-on.
I'll be hand signing each certificate in gold/orange ink. These will only ship with the Kickstarter decks. Any decks left over after the campaign ends will not be accompanied by these certificates . . . and like I said - this is a freebie. A small token of my gratitude.
Update #2 - Uncut Sheets! Now since there has been more than a few requests for uncut sheets, I am going to make them available as an add-on. Uncut sheets will be signed and ship rolled. The sheets will go for $25 for US backers and $35 for international backers.
Since I am still in the process of shooting the cards, I can't show what the face of the uncut sheets might look like, but I mocked up an image of uncut backs for the sake of having something to show.
Next up is the add-on that I've received the most requests about . . . a custom coin - or "card guard." I was really excited to delve into this item as I've never designed a coin before. All very exciting . . . and the best part. The price is the same if you're a domestic or international backer . . . only $10.00. No extra shipping at all. The coin will have an antique brass finish and will look fantastic displayed next to your Foto Grafis deck! Kickstarter has a great page on how to manage your pledge and add on the extra $10.00 for the coin here!
Another "no-obligation" add-on is this 6 inch by 6 inch, microfiber Foto Grafis cloth . . . anyone who gets a deck will be getting one of these for FREE! No managing your pledge and no adding additional funding!
Risks and challenges
I am giving this project every possible chance it can to succeed, hence the lower than average goal for a deck of cards printed by the United States Playing Card Company. While I need your help in making this happen, I am also putting a lot of personal funding in to ensure a successful campaign. I believe in these cards . . . I hope you do, too!
As with any project of this size, obstacles are bound to happen, but with over 20 years in the publishing/graphic design industry, I know I can produce these cards with little or no hiccups on the production side. I've done books for companies like Ford Automotive and movie posters for Lucasfilm. To me, nothing is more important than putting out a quality project - especially one that my name has been attached to.
I think the biggest challenge facing this project is the actual delivery of the cards to backers. I've been doing research on how others are sending out their cards to avoid damage to the decks during shipment and think I've come up with a way to get these cards in your hands in pristine condition!
As far as risks, there are none that I can see outside the obvious - I'll be crushed if this project doesn't achieve its final goal. But that said - if we achieve our goal, the cards will be produced and find their way into you hands in the time allowed - deadlines are something I live by!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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