I’ve never been a big card player. If you’re an only child, you might understand the lack of multiplayer games in my life; it can be tough to get a rowdy game of Uno going when you’re on your own. While I always preferred a heated round of Skip-It on our driveway to card games, I can still totally appreciate the beauty of card designs. I grew up with a classic set that belonged to my grandfather, but it’s been fun to see contemporary design and art studios take on the task of updating or modernizing the classic deck. These “Bohemia” cards by Uusi were inspired by both 17th-century baroque artwork and contemporary urban street art. I love the watercolor-like flourishes in the designs; they give the cards a slightly more elegant edge than your traditional red/black/blue set. Uusi based all 52 playing cards and jokers on hand-painted gouache illustrations and will be making this set available as part of a limited edition series currently being funded on Kickstarter (which is the new Etsy for me — my favorite place to support and discover great designers). I love seeing ideas from start to finish (in the stores), so if you want to learn more about the project, help fund it or just bookmark it for later, click here to check out the details online. Best of luck to the Uusi team with their funding! xo, grace
Image above: Card fronts on an uncut sheet, framed
More card images continue after the jump . . .
Image above: The backs of the cards, framed