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Preview: Poker Faces Playing Cards by Verlag um die Ecke

A small publishing company from the most western part of Germany, “Verlag um die Ecke“ (roughly translated from German into English as “Publisher around the corner“), which specializes on family magazines and different guides decided to create some side project devoted to playing cards. The team of three people – publisher, graphic designer and illustrator – launched a custom deck of playing cards called “Poker Faces”.

Poker Faces playing cards were designed for nonconservative poker players with developed sense of humor. “Poker face”, also known as a blank expression, is a special term for poker which means a facial expression characterized by neutral positioning of the facial features, implying a lack of strong emotion. As you can see, quite quirky and bizarre characters of this deck are far away from a lack of strong emotions 🙂 While the Jack of Spades is just thinking about his possible victim, ladies mercilessly are shooting flirtatious glances at everyone. And think twice before surprise the Jack of Diamonds by your Royal Flush 😉

“Tough guys and loose women, Bartenders, Mafia Brides and Sailors! In a POKER FACES poker hand, the underworld and harbor romance meet. Each of the four colors represents an “industry”: clubs is maritime, spades is organized crime, the pimps and alley cats romp around with hearts, and in the diamond pub, everyone is sitting at the bar.” ~ Verlag um die Ecke

The contrast was intentional. The creators wanted to have professional deck for poker with some ironical twist. I have to admit that they did what they wanted.

All drawings are the work of the Aachen-based illustrator Alex Elsen.


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Summer’s Travel Playing Cards by Atipus

Atipus (Barcelona) is the Spanish design studio founded in 1998. Since then they have been working across a variety of media and fields, ranging from brand identity to packaging or web services. 5ZAR8BHKW2B4

The studio created special playing cards in 2010. In order to celebrate summer vacations and as a gift for their clients and collaborators, they illustrated a poker pack of 52 cards (inspired by the 50’s). This card game is within a series of traditional games (Unplugged collection) that the studio delivers since 2009 to enliven the Augusts’ vacations without relying on technology and electricity.

Illustrators: Guadalupe González, Javier Suárez and Gerard Oró.


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Posted by on 14.07.2013 in Deck of Playing Cards


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Bēhance: Malaysia Poker Playing Cards by Ericj Loo

The Malaysian artist Ericj Loo used animals for his court cards and substituted classic French-Englis pips with ducks, anteaters, apes and turtles. See his vision of Malaysian playing cards (project). © 2013 Ericj Loo


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Posted by on 10.07.2013 in Behance, Playing Card Art


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Playing Cards and Art: Gaetano Bellei

Italian artist Gaetano Bellei (1857-1922) dedicated some of his artworks (oil paintings) to playing card gamers. He liked to depict old people for this series of his artworks. Look how masterfully he conveyed emotions of players. I have to think that his choice of old people was not random. As a rule old people are more sincere in their emotions as they left their poker faces in their youth 🙂 I guess that is why these artworks based on Gaetano’s talent look so convincingly.

The Players Choice


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Posted by on 16.06.2013 in Playing Cards and Art


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Playing Cards and Art: Cassius Marcellus Coolidge

Cassius Marcellus Coolidge (November 12, 1844 – January 24, 1934) was an American artist, mainly known for his paintings of dogs playing poker. See some of them.

A Bold Bluff


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Posted by on 02.06.2013 in Playing Cards and Art


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