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Re: The Planets — Vanda Artists Series

Unread postby RichK » Thu Mar 30, 2017 10:45 am  

David,

Your deck mock ups make the back design look better. Will the tuck back be gold and not the brown of the card?
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Re: The Planets — Vanda Artists Series

Unread postby davegk » Thu Mar 30, 2017 10:54 am  

RichK wrote:David,

Your deck mock ups make the back design look better. Will the tuck back be gold and not the brown of the card?



Thanks, RichK! Srdjan created all the renderings/mockups and I think they look pretty amazing so thanks to him for the gorgeous artwork!

The tuck will be embossed black paper stock with white ink and metallic foil artwork. Haven't finalized the color of foil yet but I'm hoping we will use a different color for each deck in the series...I have to get more details from the printer on what is available.
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Re: The Planets — Vanda Artists Series

Unread postby cartamundicards » Tue Apr 04, 2017 7:35 am  

looks great! love the way all the decks together make for a new image!
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Re: The Planets — Vanda Artists Series

Unread postby Frosty » Tue Apr 11, 2017 3:41 pm  

This is an awesome idea! I've been interested in space exploration since I was a kid, so this deck is awesome! I'm really excited about the whole series!
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Re: The Planets — Vanda Artists Series

Unread postby davegk » Fri Apr 14, 2017 7:03 pm  

Thanks cartamundicards and Frosty!

So, I'm working on final touches for the deck now and trying to finalize the pip designs and font for the index values. I've got 2 options for each and curious to know what y'all think...

1. Do you prefer the font in top row or bottom row?
2. Do you prefer the stars inside pips to be white (top row) or orange (bottom row)?

Thanks!

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Re: The Planets — Vanda Artists Series

Unread postby JuFiN » Fri Apr 14, 2017 7:31 pm  

1. Bottom Font. (top font seems too long and rigid).
2. Top color (The orange is hard to distinguish within the red hearts).

Also want to note that I really like the change in the pip shape from previous iterations posted in this thread, big improvement for me.
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Re: The Planets — Vanda Artists Series

Unread postby shaitani » Fri Apr 14, 2017 10:01 pm  

JuFiN wrote:1. Bottom Font. (top font seems too long and rigid).
2. Top color (The orange is hard to distinguish within the red hearts).

Also want to note that I really like the change in the pip shape from previous iterations posted in this thread, big improvement for me.

+1
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Re: The Planets — Vanda Artists Series

Unread postby rousselle » Sat Apr 15, 2017 12:54 am  

shaitani wrote:
JuFiN wrote:1. Bottom Font. (top font seems too long and rigid).
2. Top color (The orange is hard to distinguish within the red hearts).

Also want to note that I really like the change in the pip shape from previous iterations posted in this thread, big improvement for me.

+1


+1
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Re: The Planets — Vanda Artists Series

Unread postby MagikFingerz » Sat Apr 15, 2017 7:29 am  

JuFiN wrote:1. Bottom Font. (top font seems too long and rigid).
2. Top color (The orange is hard to distinguish within the red hearts).

Also want to note that I really like the change in the pip shape from previous iterations posted in this thread, big improvement for me.

+1 from me as well, but I do like how the orange inside the black pips look. Can you not have orange/black and white/red?
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Re: The Planets — Vanda Artists Series

Unread postby TGunitedcardists » Sat Apr 15, 2017 7:40 am  

rousselle wrote:
shaitani wrote:
JuFiN wrote:1. Bottom Font. (top font seems too long and rigid).
2. Top color (The orange is hard to distinguish within the red hearts).

Also want to note that I really like the change in the pip shape from previous iterations posted in this thread, big improvement for me.

+1


+1


Exactly. +1
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Re: The Planets — Vanda Artists Series

Unread postby RichK » Sat Apr 15, 2017 11:39 am  

MagikFingerz wrote:
JuFiN wrote:1. Bottom Font. (top font seems too long and rigid).
2. Top color (The orange is hard to distinguish within the red hearts).

Also want to note that I really like the change in the pip shape from previous iterations posted in this thread, big improvement for me.

+1 from me as well, but I do like how the orange inside the black pips look. Can you not have orange/black and white/red?


+1 I like this idea. Really easy to differentiate standard red/black pips.
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Re: The Planets — Vanda Artists Series

Unread postby davegk » Mon Apr 17, 2017 7:19 pm  

Thanks all for the feedback!

I've decided to go with the bottom font but to adjust the scaling a bit. I reduced the size slightly for better balance. Also, while I do like the look of the orange stars on black pips, I've decided for the sake of consistency to go with white stars for both.

Here are a few mockups of the results as well as a peek at the pip grid for number cards and the jokers.

We're getting closer. More soon...

-David

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Re: The Planets — Vanda Artists Series

Unread postby TGunitedcardists » Tue Apr 18, 2017 10:08 am  

Major improvement with this last update.
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Re: The Planets — Vanda Artists Series

Unread postby RichK » Tue Apr 18, 2017 11:47 am  

Can you move the big heart/diamonds up a bit so their white center is even with the corner heart/diamond? The black spade/club white center courts pips are nicely level with the small spade/club in the corner. The reds look lower because of the white star center is lower than the corner suit and it's odd looking to me.

I hope you can see what I'm trying to say. Thanks for thinking about it.
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Re: The Planets — Vanda Artists Series

Unread postby shaitani » Tue Apr 18, 2017 12:59 pm  

RichK wrote:Can you move the big heart/diamonds up a bit so their white center is even with the corner heart/diamond? The black spade/club white center courts pips are nicely level with the small spade/club in the corner. The reds look lower because of the white star center is lower than the corner suit and it's odd looking to me.

I hope you can see what I'm trying to say. Thanks for thinking about it.


Good catch, I didn't even notice that myself, but that would drive me crazy (if I ever opened my decks).
To illustrate for others what you're describing:
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Re: The Planets — Vanda Artists Series

Unread postby davegk » Tue Apr 18, 2017 6:55 pm  

RichK wrote:Can you move the big heart/diamonds up a bit so their white center is even with the corner heart/diamond? The black spade/club white center courts pips are nicely level with the small spade/club in the corner. The reds look lower because of the white star center is lower than the corner suit and it's odd looking to me.

I hope you can see what I'm trying to say. Thanks for thinking about it.


Thanks for the suggestion! I had previously placed the large court pips in differing locations based on the white space between the indexes and the art so they varied from one card to another. I liked that each card looked balanced, but I agree that on a global scale it makes more sense to have more of a grid to establish consistency from one card to another. I've jiggered them a bit and here's the resulting layout for the full court...

-David

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Re: The Planets — Vanda Artists Series

Unread postby RichK » Thu Apr 20, 2017 12:20 pm  

davegk wrote:
RichK wrote:Can you move the big heart/diamonds up a bit so their white center is even with the corner heart/diamond? The black spade/club white center courts pips are nicely level with the small spade/club in the corner. The reds look lower because of the white star center is lower than the corner suit and it's odd looking to me.

I hope you can see what I'm trying to say. Thanks for thinking about it.


Thanks for the suggestion! I had previously placed the large court pips in differing locations based on the white space between the indexes and the art so they varied from one card to another. I liked that each card looked balanced, but I agree that on a global scale it makes more sense to have more of a grid to establish consistency from one card to another. I've jiggered them a bit and here's the resulting layout for the full court...

-David

fullcourt.jpg


Perfect! :)

Thanks @shaitani for the green line showing what I was saying.
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Re: The Planets — Vanda Artists Series

Unread postby davegk » Tue May 02, 2017 7:25 pm  

Exciting news!

We'll be offering a limited edition of 500 Mercury decks that will be sealed and numbered (the standard decks will be left unsealed and more plentiful). I ordered the sticker seals and they just arrived today. Silver metallic paper with black and white inks and a perforated semi-circle to line up with the thumb cutout on the tuck flap, these are numbered and will only be available through the Kickstarter campaign. Some of these limited edition decks will also be set aside to be part of an 8 deck matching numbered collection if all goes well with the entire series.

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Re: The Planets — Vanda Artists Series

Unread postby MagikFingerz » Wed May 03, 2017 6:38 am  

Any difference between the limited and standard edition, other than the numbered seal?
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Re: The Planets — Vanda Artists Series

Unread postby davegk » Wed May 03, 2017 12:06 pm  

MagikFingerz wrote:Any difference between the limited and standard edition, other than the numbered seal?


The plan is for the LE decks to also have a different tuckbox (dark blue paper with gold & silver foils)

LIMITED EDITION
- 500 decks
- numbered seals
- tuck: dark blue paper w/ gold & silver foils
- all 8 planets will use same foil colors

STANDARD EDITION
- ? decks (depends on KS)
- unsealed
- tuck: black paper w/ copper & white foils
- each planet will use different color foil

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