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Unread postby davegk » Wed Feb 08, 2017 6:49 pm  

Hey folks,

I'm excited to share a project that's been in the works for a few months now and would love to get some feedback while it's still in the development phase...

This project will be an 8-deck series called "The Planets" and each deck will feature one of the planets ("Mercury", "Venus", "Earth" and so on). The artist working with me on the deck is Srdjan Vidakovic. You can check out some of his work on his Dribble page: https://dribbble.com/Widakk....

My plan is to launch the decks one at a time and at least the first one (Mercury) will be through a Kickstarter campaign.

I've attached a few images to get you started. Here's the tuckbox and a couple of the king illustrations. We've done several rounds of revisions on these already and I'm very happy with the results :D

Hope you're as excited about this project as I am...

Thanks,
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Re: The Planets — Vanda Artists Series

Unread postby JuFiN » Wed Feb 08, 2017 7:35 pm  

Amazing. Some questions about the whole series based on what I see of the tuck.

So in the bottom center of the tuck we appear to be looking out over the sun and the first planet we see is Mercury, I presume future decks will then have two planets visible and so on, How will you fit all the planets in without it looking cluttered / running out of space at the end?

On the side where it says Mercury there is an image which appears to be a close up of the edge of a planet, is that an image that will be part of a larger image when lined up with future decks?

I really love the kings, but (not sure how to phrase this) what does it have to do with Mercury (its possible I am just missing some imagery here)? And on that note, will the faces of each deck be unique in a way related to their assigned planet?

The tuck looks really really nice will embossing and maybe some foils! Just in my opinion the words "Luxury Playing Cards" is over used quite a bit, but that's really not a big deal. Also the C in mercury on the front kinda seems weird with the line coming in almost making it a lower case e.

Overall, this looks stunning and I'll definitely back come launch day.
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Re: The Planets — Vanda Artists Series

Unread postby davegk » Wed Feb 08, 2017 7:55 pm  

JuFiN wrote:Amazing. Some questions about the whole series based on what I see of the tuck.

So in the bottom center of the tuck we appear to be looking out over the sun and the first planet we see is Mercury, I presume future decks will then have two planets visible and so on, How will you fit all the planets in without it looking cluttered / running out of space at the end?

On the side where it says Mercury there is an image which appears to be a close up of the edge of a planet, is that an image that will be part of a larger image when lined up with future decks?

I really love the kings, but (not sure how to phrase this) what does it have to do with Mercury (its possible I am just missing some imagery here)? And on that note, will the faces of each deck be unique in a way related to their assigned planet?

The tuck looks really really nice will embossing and maybe some foils! Just in my opinion the words "Luxury Playing Cards" is over used quite a bit, but that's really not a big deal. Also the C in mercury on the front kinda seems weird with the line coming in almost making it a lower case e.

Overall, this looks stunning and I'll definitely back come launch day.


Thanks for the feedback, JuFiN!

The front of the tuck will only feature an image of the specific planet as seen over a horizon (could be seen as the sun's horizon or another planet's).

Yes, the side of the tuck with the deck name will be part of a composite image with a sliver of each planet that form together into a semi-circle when you view the entire series together.

Regarding the kings (and illustrations in general), we're incorporating several different aspects to the elements. The Roman god Mercury is comparable to the Greek god Hermes (and both are considered to be messengers of the gods). They are often associated with the imagery of winged sandals (an indication of swiftness). In the court illustrations, the wings have been incorporated into the crowns. Also, Srdjan's take on creatures that live on Mercury are that they would have very tough stone-like skin to protect them from the heat of the sun. Each deck will have a full custom court set.

Thanks for the note about the 'C'...maybe we can come up with some variations that are less ambiguous. Also, maybe we could change from "Luxury Playing Cards" to "Stellar Playing Cards"...much more appropriate, don't ya think?

-David
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Re: The Planets — Vanda Artists Series

Unread postby JuFiN » Wed Feb 08, 2017 8:11 pm  

Thanks for answering all my questions! I feel kinda dumb for not figuring out the whole greek / roman mythology symbolism on my own.

"Stellar Playing Cards" makes for a great pun.

This deck's shaping up to be out of this world. :)
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Re: The Planets — Vanda Artists Series

Unread postby joeblow » Wed Feb 08, 2017 8:28 pm  

Looks classic. Interested to see where it goes from here. Colors, sizes, lots of options.
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Re: The Planets — Vanda Artists Series

Unread postby Räpylätassu » Thu Feb 09, 2017 3:35 am  

I love the idea and I love what I am seeing so far.

I'm so excited and I just can't hide it. I'm about to lose some money but I think I like it.
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Re: The Planets — Vanda Artists Series

Unread postby davegk » Thu Feb 09, 2017 2:09 pm  

Here's a look at one of each of the court illustrations (left to right: king, jack, queen).
The queens have protective hoods that also resemble long flowing hair.

Also, a layout of a couple kings as they would look within context. We're still working to finalize the pip designs...

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Re: The Planets — Vanda Artists Series

Unread postby shermjack » Fri Feb 10, 2017 2:40 am  

Definitely will be getting a couple of each of these decks! :ugdance:
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Re: The Planets — Vanda Artists Series

Unread postby Gwafio » Fri Feb 10, 2017 8:46 am  

This is a cool idea for sure and looks good so far!

Just throwing this out there. I feel like Venus and Earth should be a single deck since they are "sister" planets. The red courts could be Venus, with blue as Earth. You could release it as a single deck with red and blue versions, maybe the jokers in each version are different.

Maybe Mars and Jupiter are combined too since they are so different, One of the smallest rocks and the big gas giant-could make for a cool division in the cards. Neptune and Uranus seem like they could be released as an "outer limit". A Pluto joker maybe since he's been decommissioned but not forgotten!

I'm just thinking of ways to consolidate the idea a little. 8 individual decks mean a full 96 COURTS to depict 8 planets. Combining them could create some interesting interplay between the courts.
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Re: The Planets — Vanda Artists Series

Unread postby RichK » Fri Feb 10, 2017 11:59 am  

I really like this.
One thing I don't think you need or at least rephrase it is "First deck of an original series". I'd hate to see a deck fail funding then you have a missing planet and odd count if that makes sense.

Will Pluto be included since the scientists "kicked it" out of the 9 planets we all grew up knowing?
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Re: The Planets — Vanda Artists Series

Unread postby shaitani » Fri Feb 10, 2017 4:42 pm  

I'm very interested in the concept, especially with the art I'm seeing.

Two questions.
1. Why does Saturn appear 3 times on the tuck box? (I'm suspecting it's supposed to be the 'logo' for "The Planets" meaning it will appear in every deck, I personally think that's kind of lazy as a logo, and throws off the appearance and theme of every single deck in the series slightly, so I'm hoping there's something else going on)
2. An 8 deck series seems like a lot, way too much in fact. Unless these 8 decks are going to be very different from each other, I don't know if I would back this. The question is, what would deck #2 in this series look like and what would be different about it compared to this deck? (For example, is the only change you're planning to make for the backs going to be to change the tiny image of the planet in the center?)

While a cool idea, I need some convincing that I'm not just being sold the same deck 8 times.
...Or you could get the Bicycle logo slapped on there, make no further changes, and you'll be sold out for days.
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Re: The Planets — Vanda Artists Series

Unread postby davegk » Fri Feb 10, 2017 6:35 pm  

Hey guys, thanks for the feedback!

@Gwafio:
I appreciate the suggestion to combine planets but that doesn't really fit with the series concept which is one deck per planet and includes the sides of the boxes creating a composite image.

@RichK:
I intend to produce all 8 decks of this series. They may or may not all be funded through Kickstarter, but if not then I have a few other options to get them made. We've opted to not include Pluto, unless this series happens to be incredibly successful in which case maybe we can create a "bonus deck" designed for Pluto...

@Shaitani:
1) First of all, the "Saturn" image isn't a logo—it's merely an icon. The logo is the type treatment of "The Planets". And each deck has a secondary logo which is the type treatment of the name of each planet. I realize the image you're referring to is generally thought of specifically as Saturn, however there are actually four planets in our solar system that have rings around them (Saturn, Jupiter, Neptune, & Uranus). The symbol was selected because it is commonly associated with space and planets. That said, I can understand your point that some folks may assume the image is specifically of Saturn and therefore it may not make sense to use universally through the series. I had also considered using a different icon, such as a rocket, which may work better overall...

2) Please review the previous posts in this thread and you'll see that we aren't merely slapping a new name on each deck and calling it a day. Every deck will have a unique set of 12 court illustrations that are thoughtfully related to each specific planet. Each deck will also feature a different foil color on the tuck, and we're discussing some fun options for the extra cards in the deck as well. Also note that each deck will be launched separately so you won't need to worry about backing any of the planets you're not interested in.


More feedback is welcome and I'm happy to answer any other questions...

-David
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Re: The Planets — Vanda Artists Series

Unread postby JuFiN » Fri Feb 10, 2017 6:56 pm  

And here I thought it was a UFO! the back design having lasers / antigravity rays coming out of it abducting the planet!

In all seriousness it is a bit strange to use the image of one planet (whichever that may be) on all 8 decks and maybe something else would be more appropriate.
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Re: The Planets — Vanda Artists Series

Unread postby davegk » Fri Feb 10, 2017 7:09 pm  

JuFiN wrote:And here I thought it was a UFO! the back design having lasers / antigravity rays coming out of it abducting the planet!

In all seriousness it is a bit strange to use the image of one planet (whichever that maybe) on all 8 decks and maybe something else would be more appropriate.



Well hey, maybe it *should* be a UFO...that change is easy enough to make—just remove the bottom half of the sphere and replace with legs. I actually have a UFOrb sitting right in front of me on my desk (see https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/870848347/the-uforb-a-quantum-ballistic-saucer )
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Re: The Planets — Vanda Artists Series

Unread postby SrdjanVidakovic » Sat Feb 11, 2017 4:03 am  

Hello Everyone,

I'm the designer working on this series and I would like to join in the discussion. Feel free to make suggestions, criticize, ask questions, etc.. I'll take it all in consideration.
I see that general feedback is positive, thank you all for kind words.

For now I would like to clear the thing about the design on the tuck box. My idea is to put an old fashioned UFO there, flying through decks, from one planet to another. But it seams that was not clear, I'll see what I can do about it.

Also the decks itself will have different colors, typography fort the name of the planet, planet icon and some other stuff. Not to mention that all the court cards, jokers and extra cards will be different for each deck. So it will most definitely not be the same deck printed 8 times. But also, it will be clear they are all part of the same series.
That's the general idea.
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Re: The Planets — Vanda Artists Series

Unread postby shaitani » Sat Feb 11, 2017 6:12 pm  

Thank you David and Srdjan for answering my questions. I very much like the idea of the old fashioned sci Fi UFO traveling the planets, definitely more than an image of a ringed planet on each tuck and the backs. So that's a negative turned into a positive in my eyes.

As for the concerns regarding the tuck. I'm one of those jerk "tuck collectors" who doesn't really open the decks he buys. So while I admire and appreciate the court changes for sure, my focus will often be *unfairly* heavy on the tuck. That said I do like that each planet will have its own typography on the front, but I don't know if I'm convinced yet with additionally just the color change on the foil. Maybe a few additional garnish modifications per planet (like the frills on each corner) and I'd probably buy every single one. From what I see so far , I've been convinced to at least pick up the first deck, and give the rest a chance.

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Re: The Planets — Vanda Artists Series

Unread postby Räpylätassu » Sat Feb 11, 2017 8:51 pm  

I think this thread is not getting enough attention, I am super excited about this as I think the idea in this is fantastic. I really hope you pull this off.

Besides the best thing about space is that it was cool before it mattered. Oh and just remember the imporant thing about making a good project page, planet well.

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Re: The Planets — Vanda Artists Series

Unread postby RichK » Sun Feb 12, 2017 12:16 pm  

shaitani wrote:Thank you David and Srdjan for answering my questions. I very much like the idea of the old fashioned sci Fi UFO traveling the planets, definitely more than an image of a ringed planet on each tuck and the backs. So that's a negative turned into a positive in my eyes.

As for the concerns regarding the tuck. I'm one of those jerk "tuck collectors" who doesn't really open the decks he buys. So while I admire and appreciate the court changes for sure, my focus will often be *unfairly* heavy on the tuck. That said I do like that each planet will have its own typography on the front, but I don't know if I'm convinced yet with additionally just the color change on the foil. Maybe a few additional garnish modifications per planet (like the frills on each corner) and I'd probably buy every single one. From what I see so far , I've been convinced to at least pick up the first deck, and give the rest a chance.

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I'm a deck opener but do hope like shaitani said you'll change aspects of the tuck. I think the font for "The Planets" should remain the same. Have different corner design fills, different angled lines by the white dots, and I hope different card backs. Keep the current center but change some of the curly lines on the border. It's a great back as is but I'd hate to see just a color swap/planet/planet symbol repeated 8 times. Yes it's early, I just don't want the tuck and card back to be the same like CPC is doing with their "Natural Disaster" or whatever they are named color swap/different tuck picture laziness. Mars's courts intrigue me already since it's the god of war.

Can you tell I am really getting too excited for these! ;)
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Re: The Planets — Vanda Artists Series

Unread postby davegk » Mon Feb 13, 2017 3:24 pm  

So there you go...it actually *is* a UFO. Thanks Srdjan for joining in! We'll work to make it look a bit more like a UFO so there's no confusion about it being Saturn...

I've attached Srdjan's illustrations for the entire Mercury court along with 3 concepts he was working on for the custom pips. Input on these directions is welcome.

@Shaitani:
Don't worry, we'll distinguish the tucks a bit. For one, the side illustration will create a composite image when the boxes are lined up. Also, we are looking at an external box package for the whole set which would display this image when all the decks are in place. I've attached a very rough mockup of the concept for the image.

@Räpylätassu:
Thanks for joining the thread and glad you're excited about the project!

@RichK:
Thanks for the notes on the back design...we'll look into some custom modifications for each deck of the series.

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Re: The Planets — Vanda Artists Series

Unread postby JuFiN » Mon Feb 13, 2017 3:47 pm  

I love the look of the first set of pips with the ring around it, but again Mercury has no rings so doesnt really make too much sense with this deck.

Sticking the UFO in the middle looks a bit forced.

The little star in the middle tho is pretty dope.

Another weird thing, the symbol you have at the top of the box is the symbol for Mercury... Your image with all the boxes next to each other has it on all 8 boxes. I would assume you would use the corresponding symbol of each planet.
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