You'll love these 2D pixel art playing cards

Ultimate Universe cards

2D pixel art and bold colour choices make for some pretty playing cards

Playing cards have been part of human life for over a millennium, used for everything from children's games to grown-up gambling, as well as being utilised for roles as diverse as the staple magician's tool and advertisers' promotional material.

The back is a blank canvas for artistic expression and it's one that designers are jumping on to with glee including artist Junichi Tsuneok (opens in new tab) who has produced art for acts such as Mos Def and Mudhoney as well as for the likes of Nike.

Ultimate Universe playing cards (opens in new tab) mix design elements of 2D pixel art (opens in new tab), Japanese Mythology whilst using striking colour schemes to really make an impact; if colour isn't your thing, they're also available in greyscale! We have no doubt you'll fall in love with these designs.

Ultimate Universe cards

Ultimate Universe cards

Ultimate Universe cards

Ultimate Universe cards

Ultimate Universe cards

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Sammy Maine was a founding member of the Creative Bloq team way back in the early 2010s, working as a Commissioning Editor. Her interests cover graphic design in music and film, illustration and animation. Since departing, Sammy has written for The Guardian, VICE, The Independent & Metro, and currently co-edits the quarterly music journal Gold Flake Paint.