UC2018 Sixth Annual Decks "DeNovo" by Rick Davidson

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Re: UC2018 Sixth Annual Decks "DeNovo" by Rick Davidson

Unread postby RickDavidson » Sat Feb 03, 2018 7:42 pm  

First time I’ve had a request for NZ dollars ;). But yes the campaign will be, no choice for me there unfortunately. I’m still finalising details, but I’ll get more information posted soon. Also tuning the art so will post an update when I can.
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Re: UC2018 Sixth Annual Decks "DeNovo" by Rick Davidson

Unread postby vasta41 » Sat Feb 03, 2018 8:11 pm  

RickDavidson wrote:First time I’ve had a request for NZ dollars ;). But yes the campaign will be, no choice for me there unfortunately. I’m still finalising details, but I’ll get more information posted soon. Also tuning the art so will post an update when I can.

Any UC member perks, Rick??
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Re: UC2018 Sixth Annual Decks "DeNovo" by Rick Davidson

Unread postby flashcards » Sat Feb 03, 2018 11:43 pm  

It looks awesome. I'm especially happy about the UC green. And the QofC with the scar. There is a story there, I'm guessing.
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Re: UC2018 Sixth Annual Decks "DeNovo" by Rick Davidson

Unread postby portcullis » Sun Feb 04, 2018 6:44 am  

RickDavidson wrote:First time I’ve had a request for NZ dollars ;). But yes the campaign will be, no choice for me there unfortunately. I’m still finalising details, but I’ll get more information posted soon. Also tuning the art so will post an update when I can.


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Re: UC2018 Sixth Annual Decks "DeNovo" by Rick Davidson

Unread postby RickDavidson » Wed Feb 14, 2018 6:57 am  

Hey guys,

Working hard on finalising the campaign before the weekend. Here is a quick update on the how the face cards are evolving and a little promo video. I'm working on what little extra I could drop in for UC members yes, happy to hear thoughts on what you might like to see there ;)

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[youtube]https://youtu.be/VkqRJuu1Kk4[/youtube]

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Re: UC2018 Sixth Annual Decks "DeNovo" by Rick Davidson

Unread postby portcullis » Wed Feb 14, 2018 7:12 am  

Yep, loving these Rick. Colours - I presume it's the UC deck on the left - have scrubbed up well! What time you launching? NZ time is fine, I'm only 2 hours behind.
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Re: UC2018 Sixth Annual Decks "DeNovo" by Rick Davidson

Unread postby Merlebird » Wed Feb 14, 2018 7:23 am  

I'm not crazy about the... alt-index(? the KS/QH thing) in the right-hand corner of the cards. Is that just a guide you're using during the WIP or is that intended to be a final feature?

I also think I liked the simple diagonal backdrop for the faces better than the irregular hexagon; the latter doesn't really add anything and I think the former was better for balancing the composition.
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Re: UC2018 Sixth Annual Decks "DeNovo" by Rick Davidson

Unread postby Bradius » Wed Feb 14, 2018 8:00 am  

I like all aspects of the design. The video sets this up nicely. The KS and QH in the corners is , I think, trying to envision what future card decks might look like. It adds a unique element, and I like it. I just wish my bank account was as ready as I am.
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Re: UC2018 Sixth Annual Decks "DeNovo" by Rick Davidson

Unread postby wingedpotato » Wed Feb 14, 2018 4:21 pm  

Merlebird wrote:I'm not crazy about the... alt-index(? the KS/QH thing) in the right-hand corner of the cards. Is that just a guide you're using during the WIP or is that intended to be a final feature?

I also think I liked the simple diagonal backdrop for the faces better than the irregular hexagon; the latter doesn't really add anything and I think the former was better for balancing the composition.


I do like the alt-index myself, but I totally agree about the new backdrop. I prefer all the others you've shown over this one. Seems to suck the composition inward.
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Re: UC2018 Sixth Annual Decks "DeNovo" by Rick Davidson

Unread postby Smocito » Wed Feb 14, 2018 4:56 pm  

I like the red but I also liked the previous orange on the King of Spades. Or is that a different version?
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Re: UC2018 Sixth Annual Decks "DeNovo" by Rick Davidson

Unread postby Merlebird » Wed Feb 14, 2018 9:10 pm  

wingedpotato wrote:I do like the alt-index myself, but I totally agree about the new backdrop. I prefer all the others you've shown over this one.


Okay, I myself totally forgot that there had been more than one backdrop shown because they were all on different pages, so I'm taking the liberty of aggregating them here, numbered in the order they appeared in the thread:

Backdrop Preview #1
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Backdrop Preview #2
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Backdrop Preview #3
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Backdrop Preview #4
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My personal thoughts, in no particular order that makes sense to anyone but me:
  • #1 was a great starting point: it doesn't enhance the courts, but it does balance the composition of the faces by acting as a kind of counterweight to the indices. I think you could do better, but you could also do worse.
  • #4 does, as wingedpotato said, suck the eye inward, toward the join in the center of the card, rather than along the length of the figure as it should. It also makes the negative space around the alt-indices look vast and empty - and I think enlarging them to compensate would just make the face look cluttered, like too many icons on a desktop. (I'm also not a fan of the large pip to the right of the main index, but that's a personal preference.)
  • #3 has the balancing effect of #1, with the added visual interest created by the circuit motif. The way it frames the indices - including the enlarged pips, which I do actually like here - also contributes a pleasing illusion of depth. I might like to see you play around with the color a bit - perhaps a further desaturated version of the muted gold in #1? - but there's a lot to like about it as is.
  • #2 is easily my favorite, though I think you could do without the second pip inside the frame. As it's the most visually commanding of the backdrops, you would need to be careful that it worked well with the composition of each court, and perhaps make some adjustments to that end, but I think the final product would be worth the effort.
  • I don't want to be melodramatic, but I didn't think the color scheme used for the QoH in #2 needed an improvement, and even if I did I don't think #4 would be one. The reds and blacks in #2 were much more appealing, and even the gold tones looked better. The purple is just too much. (In a minor variation of the same theme, I also thought the green sleeves on the QoC looked better than the blue, but again, personal preference.)

Edit: Clarified what I was talking about in my last point by adding the specific reference to the QoH.
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Re: UC2018 Sixth Annual Decks "DeNovo" by Rick Davidson

Unread postby RickDavidson » Wed Feb 14, 2018 9:23 pm  

Funnily enough, I was planning to compile the four variations tonight for feedback. Thank you Merle ;)

My original - #2 - is still my preference, but tends to be swallowed up by the art on some cards. I may go back to that one and work it up in grey, but happy to hear additional thoughts before I finalise the design. Thanks for taking the time to feedback guys. Thoughts on the 'alt-index' welcome too
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Re: UC2018 Sixth Annual Decks "DeNovo" by Rick Davidson

Unread postby shermjack » Wed Feb 14, 2018 9:28 pm  

I, too, prefer design #2 of all of them, but feel that there is a little too much white space...maybe enlarge the gold frame to cover more of the card, which might also prevent the art swallowing it up.
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Re: UC2018 Sixth Annual Decks "DeNovo" by Rick Davidson

Unread postby caniveski » Thu Feb 15, 2018 5:30 am  

The courts look really good. Love the clubs and diamonds... Looking forward into the future i would be pleased with how clubs and diamond pips turned out but not not really hearts or spades. Strangely i like grey background of no. 3.....i will be adding to the collection
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Re: UC2018 Sixth Annual Decks "DeNovo" by Rick Davidson

Unread postby sms69x » Thu Feb 15, 2018 9:16 am  

First I realy like the new color scheme for the red edition, way better than before.

As for the background, I think it would be a great idea to incorporate the UC forum background in it, much like how Randy did for the first Annual UC deck. This would be a great feature and would really tie up the deck with the UC forum, just having a deck in UC green isn't enough (in my opinion) to call it UC Annual deck.

This deck looks fantastic, despite being the UC2018 Annual deck or not, I will get it either way...
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Re: UC2018 Sixth Annual Decks "DeNovo" by Rick Davidson

Unread postby intlgrrl » Thu Feb 15, 2018 9:27 am  

Love the design and detail of this deck... looking forward to the KS campaign
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Re: UC2018 Sixth Annual Decks "DeNovo" by Rick Davidson

Unread postby RichK » Thu Feb 15, 2018 11:04 am  

I'm with shermjack on his thoughts of design #2. The 6 sided background feels odd to me while #2 has a classy, regal look.

Removing the QH, KH, etc. in corners looks better in my opinion.
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Re: UC2018 Sixth Annual Decks "DeNovo" by Rick Davidson

Unread postby MagikFingerz » Thu Feb 15, 2018 12:09 pm  

I actually prefer the six sided over the rectangular shape. I'd like to see a six sided version of #2 :)
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Re: UC2018 Sixth Annual Decks "DeNovo" by Rick Davidson

Unread postby alric » Thu Feb 15, 2018 2:51 pm  

RichK wrote:I'm with shermjack on his thoughts of design #2. The 6 sided background feels odd to me while #2 has a classy, regal look.

Removing the QH, KH, etc. in corners looks better in my opinion.

I like the extra indices in the corners. I noticed a lot of the European decks have indices on all 4 corners and I think it adds more playability to the cards as well as balance out the face design in some cases. Plus, with indices/pips in all 4 corners, you can have 2-way fanning on both the backs and fronts of the cards. Now the possible downside of this is that you lose the face up blank fan on reverse 1-handed fans so magicians may not be able to perform certain tricks. Either way, this deck is turning out to be a must own.
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Re: UC2018 Sixth Annual Decks "DeNovo" by Rick Davidson

Unread postby Bradius » Thu Feb 15, 2018 7:04 pm  

Rick could hand-draw some stars in the background for all I care. His Queen of Hearts/“Zorg” sealed it for me. Whenever I look at her now, I see Zorg! Lol
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