10 amazing playing cards designs

This collaborative project brings artists and designers together to create stylish card decks.

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Playing cards are an ancient way of staying entertained, whether they're used for friendly competitions or in high stakes gambling. The four famous French suits and character designs have produced loads of stylish customisations over the years, and these sets from Playing Arts are no exception.

Following on from the success of its first set, Playing Arts are back with a new deck where each card is designed by a different designer and illustrator. A total of 55 artists contributed, with an exclusive reverse pattern created by Starbucks and Adobe designer Danny Ivan.

The new set is available to order from the Playing Arts site, where you can also find interviews with the artists and discover the thinking behind their designs.

Scroll through the images below to see some of our favourite cards, and if you want to get involved with Playing Arts' next project you can submit your portfolio to their site.

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French illustrator YoAz updated existing designs for his card

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Anton Repponen created these four ghosts in just four hours

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This design by Joshua Davis is based on code

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Ian Jepson's fiery design almost flickers on the card

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This lovely paint and ink card was made by Vikto Miller-Gausa

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Jon Lau based his image on a mythological fox demon

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Sara Blake made this creative Queen bee

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Amrei Hofstätter designed this star-shaped joker

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Tamer Köseli's design explores how 'clubs' have evolved through time

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Starbuck's designer Danny Ivan made the reverse pattern

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dom Carter is staff writer at Creative Bloq. Coming from an SEO and web copywriting background, Dom first came to Future for a week of work experience at SFX magazine. Away from the office, Dom likes to write scripts and short stories, and watch an unhealthy amount of Doctor Who.