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Custom Americana Playing Cards

Hi. I’m back.

I’ve finally come out from that rock I’ve been hiding under for about a month or so. Kidding! I’ve been busy with schoolwork and designing these beauties.

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So I was tasked with creating a deck of playing cards using only letterforms from the Franklin Gothic typeface and my first response was “help!” I thought that only being able to use letters and numbers would be extremely limiting, but it turned out to be quite the contrary. I learned about a beautiful thing called overprinting – originally a technique achieved in printing, but now easily simulated in applications like Adobe Illustrator and InDesign. Being my first design project, I’m pretty pleased with how these turned out – it was a fun experience. But being a perfectionist, even I can say hand-cutting the rounded corners on 54 cards with an X-acto knife was not as fun.

I am also excited to launch a new set of posts in the coming months highlighting some of the talented artists and creators I get to work and study alongside every day, and some of my super creative friends who constantly make me think “man, I wish I’d thought of that first.” …I believe a little bit of “creativity envy” can be good for the soul. So be on the lookout over the next few weeks.

Stay golden.

V.

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