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Links to the top playing card designer’s sites
« on: January 10, 2016, 04:48:22 PM »
 

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Here is a reference list of the best playing card designers. All of the designers listed here have successfully Kickstarted multiple decks or produced multiple decks for playing card publishers.

If you are working on or considering designing your own custom playing card deck, look at the work of these artists first. Really analyze what you like most about each designer’s work.

One thing all of these designers have in common is a professional level of illustration. Playing card “design” is almost a misnomer, there is more “illustration” involved in a good custom playing card design. You don't have to be a professional illustrator to create a successful card design, but you should refine your artwork to as high a level as possible.

Some of the common aspects of their design and illustration are consistency in style, consistency of line weight, use of the entire card surface without weak areas, and proper use of the indices.

Here is the list of links to the designer’s and studio’s sites in alphabetic order. There are a few others I wanted to include, but they didn’t have a functioning website.

Blackout Brother - http://www.blackoutbrother.com
Randy Butterfield - http://midnight-cards.myshopify.com
Paul Carpenter - http://encarded.com
Alvin Cheung - http://www.sishouplayingcards.com
Tyler Deeb - http://tylerdeeb.com
Jody Eklund - http://www.blackinkplayingcards.com
Lorenzo Gaggiotti - http://www.stockholm17.com
Sam Hayles - http://www.dose-productions.com/playing-cards
Brendan Hong - http://www.brendanhong.com
Emmanuel José - http://emmanueljose.com
Scott King - http://www.crookedkingscards.com
Roman Kotiv - http://noir-arts.com
Lotrek - http://www.halfmoonplayingcards.com
Lee McKenzie - http://cargocollective.com/kenzii
Giovanni Meroni - http://www.thirdway.it
Steve Minty - http://www.steveminty.com
Chris Ovdiyenko - http://deadonpaper.com
Jackson Robinson - http://kingswildproject.com
Mark Stutzman - https://www.behance.net/markstutzman
Joe White - https://www.behance.net/yeoldestudio

Studios:
Brain Vessel Studios - http://www.bvcargo.com
Joker and the Thief - http://jokerandthethief.net
Erik Mana & Alvin Campana - http://www.manaplayingcards.com
Pocono Modern - http://shop.poconomodern.com
Uusi - http://uusi.us

Of course there are many very good designers who have created one custom deck, these designers have produced multiple decks. If you think I missed someone, post a link to their site.
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Re: Links to the top playing card designer’s sites
« Reply #1 on: January 11, 2016, 01:57:24 AM »
 

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« Reply #2 on: January 25, 2016, 10:31:27 AM »
 

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Below are a couple of designers who've done 2+ playing cards that I've admired:

Jay Fletcher - designed the recent Union deck, and Rarebit (http://www.jfletcherdesign.com/)
Valentina Badeanu is another designer who does amazing work and has collaborated on several decks. It seems that she specializes in back designs and aces, where her intricate work really shines. (https://dribbble.com/valentinabadeanu)
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« Reply #3 on: January 26, 2016, 12:01:25 AM »
 

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Below are a couple of designers who've done 2+ playing cards that I've admired:

Jay Fletcher - designed the recent Union deck, and Rarebit (http://www.jfletcherdesign.com/)
Valentina Badeanu is another designer who does amazing work and has collaborated on several decks. It seems that she specializes in back designs and aces, where her intricate work really shines. (https://dribbble.com/valentinabadeanu)

It appears that Valentina has done a number of designs for Ellusionist as well - the Bumblebee, Moonshine and Absinthe decks were done by her, possibly others as well.  Her site even has a sketch of a lovely Ace of Spades from an unreleased Ellusionist deck with a nautical theme.
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« Reply #4 on: January 26, 2016, 11:08:29 AM »
 

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RandCo's list is certainly more direct, but just a reminder that Portfolio52 has decks grouped by Artist and (Production/Creation)Company, plus brand and manufacturer.  Each with a URL entry at the bottom (bug prevents it from being clickable) when displaying all decks under that group.

http://www.portfolio52.com/collect
 

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« Reply #5 on: February 07, 2016, 03:29:19 PM »
 

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RandCo's list is certainly more direct, but just a reminder that Portfolio52 has decks grouped by Artist and (Production/Creation)Company, plus brand and manufacturer.  Each with a URL entry at the bottom (bug prevents it from being clickable) when displaying all decks under that group.

http://www.portfolio52.com/collect

Designers should definitely check out your site, it's a great resource.

Jay Fletcher and Valentina Badeanu from the post above have beautiful designs as well.
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Hello, an update for lotreks site is oathplayingcards.com... hope this is helpful! I have been in the playing card seen for a couple years i usually stay low key under the radar though.
 

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Hello, an update for lotreks site is oathplayingcards.com... hope this is helpful! I have been in the playing card seen for a couple years i usually stay low key under the radar though.

Thanks for the update!  Welcome to the forum and feel free to make yourself at home.
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