Playing Arts project

55 top illustrators, artists and designers team up to create a unique deck of playing cards. Again.

15 April 2015 – Last year Playing Arts project released a deck of poker playing cards showcasing the illustrations of 55 top illustrators and designers. This year brings a new edition, even more eclectic and powerful, with 55 artists from all over the world involved. Since the beginning of April, one card design appears daily at by process insights and short interviews with the artists.

Each card in this deck reflects the vision of its creator and shows his particular style and technique. Freedom to express, variety of methods and instruments, unlimited imagination – that what makes this deck of cards so outstanding. You won’t be able to find two identical illustrations in Playing Arts deck. The only thing they have in common it´s a colorful backside that was carefully designed by Danny Ivan, whose works you can see everywhere from Starbucks to Adobe.

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The list of artists involved in Playing Arts Edition 2 is just remarkable: Gabriel Moreno, Antoni Tudisco, David Sossella, Marcelo Schultz, Orlando Arocena, Adhemas Batista, Sakiroo, YoAz, Alexis Marcou, Ars Thanea and many many more.

Digital Abstracts informs all the artists and designers who would also like to dive into something explosively creative, that the enrolment to the next Playing Arts project have been already opened and submission form can be found at .

Playing Arts Edition 2 will be printed in the USA by USPCC in Bicycle®  quality. The deck is available now by pre-order at  for $12.95 (shipment starts in august).

Ars Thanea

Jeff Rogers

Marcelo Schultz

Maria Gronlund

Mighty Short

Pablo Jurado Ruiz

Peter Donnelly


Steven Wilson

Studio Blup

Viktor Miller Gausa

Zipeng Zhu

Stavros Damos

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Maria Papaefstathiou

VISUAL DESIGNER since 1996 and blogger since 2010. Living in Athens, Greece. She has been focusing her research on poster design and particularly on social poster design and portrait design. Her main poster project is a series of posters celebrating great personalities of traditional and popular culture in Greece and Jamaica. These include actors, singers, musicians, poets etc. This is an ongoing project. “I believe that design is a powerful tool that we designers can use to spark enthusiasm, change mindsets and bring positive actions to our world and our culture”. FOUNDER AND EDITOR OF GRAPHICART-NEWS.COM BLOG. She carefully curates high-quality designs, illustrations, and art, from all over the world that will teach and provoke other designers. Many consider her blog to be an exceptional educational tool. CO-FOUNDER OF THE INTERNATIONAL REGGAE POSTER CONTEST which was launched on December 2011, partnering, the creative activist Michael Thompson aka Freestylee. (

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