10 amazing playing cards designs

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Playing cards (opens in new tab) 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 (opens in new tab) over the years, and these sets from Playing Arts (opens in new tab) are no exception.

Following on from the success of its first set (opens in new tab), 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 (opens in new tab).

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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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Dom Carter is a freelance writer who specialises in art and design. Formerly a staff writer for Creative Bloq, his work has also appeared on Creative Boom and in the pages of ImagineFX, Computer Arts, 3D World, and .net. He has been a D&AD New Blood judge, and has a particular interest in picture books.