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The Famous J.G. Cotta Transformation Decks

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The Famous J.G. Cotta Transformation Decks

by BoardGameGeek reviewer EndersGame Historical Importance There's an incredible variety of custom playing cards in today's market. But of all the playing cards that I've seen over the years, there is one type of deck that remains a personal favourite: the transformation deck. The concept of these playing cards is simple to understand: the pips on the cards are cleverly incorporated into a larger picture. So an imaginative artist might transform the Heart pips into faces, the Diamond pips into hats, or the Club pips into paw prints.Some wonderful transformation decks have been produced in recent years, but the concept is hardly new....

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Interview with Playing Card Designer Giovanni Meroni (Thirdway Industries)

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Interview with Playing Card Designer Giovanni Meroni (Thirdway Industries)

by BoardGameGeek reviewer EndersGame Who is Giovanni Meroni? When I first stumbled across some of Giovanni Meroni's playing card designs online, I was just blown away. The classy and elegant appearance of the decks he has created made an immediate impression on me. I was also very impressed by the way he has drawn on mythology, literature, and art in the creation of his playing cards. So who is Giovanni Meroni? He's a freelance designer and art director in Italy, who has created the product brand Thirdway Industries. To underline his credentials as a designer, he's done work for big-name clients like...

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Interview with Playing Card Designer Lee McKenzie (Kings & Crooks)

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Interview with Playing Card Designer Lee McKenzie (Kings & Crooks)

by BoardGameGeek reviewer EndersGame Who is Lee McKenzie? British designer Lee McKenzie is a name that many people in the playing card industry might not immediately recognize, but that's only because most of the decks he has designed are more widely known for the brand they were published under: Ellusionist. Lee designed decks for Ellusionist for around five years, from 2008 to 2013, at a time when it was one of the biggest players in the industry, and just when custom decks were really starting to boom. You might recognize some of the decks he created, which include popular titles like Arcane, Artifice,...

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The 2018 Deck of the Year Interview with Artist Alain Benoit

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The 2018 Deck of the Year Interview with Artist Alain Benoit

BY LEE ASHER | EDITOR-IN-CHIEF OF CARD CULTURE First Published in Card Culture Magazine Issue #47 December 2018 CARD CULTURE SPEAKS WITH THIS YEAR’S DECK OF THE YEAR WINNER ABOUT HIS FRENCH CARTOMANCY INFLUENCES, DESIGNING & KICKSTARTING HIS CARTOMANCER PACK AND MUCH MORE. Cards from the Cartomancer deck. CARD CULTURE: How did you start your foray into creating cards? BENOIT: As a graphic designer, a deck of cards has always been a fundamental example of what pure design is: symbols, letters, numbers, illustrations and a vast history from around the world -- all in the palm of your hand. So...

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Restorations of Famous American Card Decks

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Restorations of Famous American Card Decks

by BoardGameGeek reviewer EndersGame Most of the history that shaped playing cards as we know them today occurred in Europe between the end of the 14th century and the 15th century. The 52 card deck as we know it in four suits of 13 cards each was largely established by the end of the 16th century, with the French suits becoming the standard throughout Europe and England. England did exert its influence on playing cards by contributing the English terms used to refer to the four suits, and the specialized attention given to the Ace of Spades due to its...

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