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Collective Art Project (CAP) Deck: Ultimate Deck by Stranger and Stranger

Stranger-and-Stranger-logoStranger & Stranger is an award winning packaging design and branding company specialising in alcoholic drinks. Since 1994 they have named, researched and registered wines and spirits brands worldwide. They have created bespoke and innovative bottle shapes, labels, closures and all secondary packaging.

To celebrate the year they broke out of their alcohol comfort zone and designed premium olive oils, fine foods, luxury luggage and other new stuff, they decided to create a deck of playing cards and a special set of such decks.

Dan-and-Dave-logoBut even Stranger and Stranger needed some wise support in this question. So they teamed up with the well known company Dan & Dave (The D&D Playing Card Co.) to be able to use their knowledge and experience in the field of playing card production. Dan & Dave agreed to help with the production and the distribution of the deck. There are several articles dedicated to playing cards produced by Dan & Dave on this blog. So you can find out more about D&D and their experience in the field of playing card production.

As a result of this collaboration, Ultimate Deck saw the light in 2013. The deck includes 54 different artworks. The main part of them makes the cards semi-transformation playing cards. The deck was printed by USPCC.

The deck: 52 playing cards with different artworks + 2 different Jokers + 2 information cards. Poker size.

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Collective Art Project (CAP) Deck: Digital Art Masters (Vol.6) #1 Playing Cards

3DTotal_LogoDigital Art Masters is the project originally launched by 3DTotal in 2005. The main idea was to create a catalogue-tutorial dedicated to 2D and 3D artworks. It should showcase the work of some of the finest 2D and 3D artists from around the world collected during a particular year. As a result the project turned into the series of such annual catalogues.

3DTotal itself was founded in 1999 as a simple 3D resource website. Over the last decade the site has evolved into one of the premier CG art websites in the world, offering a variety of training products, an inspirational gallery, a free texture library and hundreds of free tutorials on a variety of subjects.

Digital Art Masters: Volume 6 welcomes another 50 up-and-coming and veteran artists and follows the tradition of taking readers beyond the breathtaking images with detailed breakdowns of the techniques and tricks each artist employed while creating their stunning imagery.

But 3DTotal decided to make something special for this volume of Digital Art Masters. They produced a pack of limited edition playing cards to celebrate this volume (a free addition to the volume). Playing cards have appropriate artworks from Digital Art Masters: Volume 6 on them. So the deck can be counted #1 in the series as 3DTotal went on with supplemental playing cards. Three decks have been produced (for Volume 6, 7, 8). Some of them were available for purchase separately from the books.

This article is dedicated to the deck #1 (Volume 6). The deck: 52 playing cards with different artworks + 1 Joker + 1 information card. Bridge size. Playing cards were printed on quite soft cardboard and have a glossy finish.

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Collective Art Project (CAP) Deck: Design with Purpose Playing Cards

This playing card project was organised by Jacqui Stuart (via Facebook page) as part of the Design with Purpose community. It was created for charity with all the profits going to the non profit organisation called Forest & Bird (New Zealand). Jacqui participated as the manager of this project and as an artist. Different designers, illustrators and artists from many different places around New Zealand and the word took part in this project. All their artworks were incorporated in the deck of playing cards produced in 2012 – Design with Purpose Playing Cards.

Forest & Bird is New Zealand’s longest-serving conservation organisation, formed in 1923 (they celebrate 90 years in 2013) in response to widespread extinction of native species and destruction of native forests. Since then their role has grown to include protection of all native flora and fauna on land and in oceans (New Zealand’s territory covers an area of ocean many times greater than their land mass), lakes and rivers of New Zealand. Forest & Bird has played an active role in preserving New Zealand’s environment and native species. They have helped establish protection for a third of their country’s land in parks and reserves, put an end to logging of their native forests and helped bring species such as the kakapo and kokako back from the brink of extinction.

The deck: 52 playing cards with different artworks + 2 different Jokers + 1 insert. Playing cards are printed by GEON (New Zealand) on cardboard and have a smooth finish (the same about the tuck case). The internal space of the tuck case hasn’t enough height so there are some problems with putting cards in the tuck case and pulling them out it. Due to that the isert for this deck isn’t in the tuck case. It is attached to the box in simple but creative way – see the picture.

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Collective Art Project (CAP) Deck: Custom52 Playing Cards Cycle #2

custom52-logoCustom52.com is a Canadian site representing an online design community using playing cards as the canvas. People use compact format of playing cards to showcase many artworks in one deck which is still convenient and functional. All artworks featured on the cards are entered by individual artists. The artwork is voted on and chosen by members of the community (the membership is free). Each deck of cards is referred to as a Cycle. The Cycle closes when enough designs are submitted. After that the public vote begins and the chosen design for each playing card goes to print.

This post is dedicated to the second deck produced by Custom52.com in 2008 – Cycle II Deck.

The deck: 52 different playing cards + 2 different Jokers + Information card. Bridge size. Playing cards are printed on quite soft cardboard and have a glossy finish (as well as the tuck case).

pictures of the tuck case are clickable

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Collective Art Project (CAP) Deck: Gig Posters Playing Cards #1

Gigposters_logoGigposters.com is a Canadian site dedicated to the artists, designers and musicians who create gig posters to advertise shows and events. It is some kind of international community for these categories of people. They are concentrated on music events. You can submit your works and take part in the community for free. Gig Posters accepts gig poster, flyers and handbills. They do not accept promotional, non-music related posters or posters for shows that did not happen. There must be at least one musical performer listed on the poster. (a band or DJ).

From time to time Gig Posters selects some artworks and produces a deck of playing cards. There are three decks at this moment. And this article is dedicated to the first one which was printed in 2005 (two other decks will be described on pages of this blog as well) – Gig Poster Playing Card Deck 1.

The deck: 52 playing cards with different artworks + 2 Jokers with different artworks + ad card. Bridge size. Playing cards are printed (by TMPC) on cardboard and have a glossy finish. The tuck case (designed by The Decoder Ring Design Concern) has also a glossy finish.

The tuck case is clickable

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Typographic Playing Cards: Deck # 2 by P22 Type Foundry

P22 Type Foundry creates computer typefaces inspired by art and history and is renowned for its work with museums and foundations to ensure the development of accurate historical typefaces that are fully relevant for today’s computer user.

This is the second typographic deck by P22 Type Foundry. The company held a contest in 2008 to collect different designs from different artists for this deck. A panel of well-respected typophiles chose one card for each of the 52 cards and jokers. The artists had to meet the following main requirements:

  • They had to consider proper characteristics (One Eye Jack, Suicide King, etc) for specific cards;
  • They had to pick a P22 font or font set (licensed) that they have a certain fondness for;
  • Design had to be sensitive to the font chosen and highlight its best features;
  • All number cards and aces should use only Red and Black (grey);
  • All cards should have different fonts involved (in spite of that the Costructivist font used twice).

The deck: 52 playing cards + 3 different Jokers + information card + P22’s card-licence. Poker size. Playing cards are printed on casino cardboard with a glossy finish. 

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Collective Art Project (CAP) Deck: The Poop Deck by Ammo Magazine

Ammo Magazine publishes small books and illustration filled magazines. Inkygoodness operates as a showcase for artists working across illustration, character design and lowbrow art.

One fine day Inkygoodness decided to organize the Beermat Character exhibition. They asked Ammo to share the gallery space for that purpose and Ammo gladly agreed to do that. Ammo wanted to add something original and a little different from their usual output to that joint exhibition. But they also wanted to be connected with their print based roots. The outcome is an illustrated collection of playing cards based on maritime/nautical theme and high quality art prints – The Poop Deck Project. A real deck of playing cards was printed as a part of this project.

The box artwork has been crafted by James Burlinson (aka Burlisaurus). The pirate character featured in the Poop Deck logo was drawn by Bart Aalbers, an Illustrator based in Rotterdam. 

pictures of the box are clickable

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