I thought about my earlier idea on the 1 theme - 6 designers - 6 decks idea and Randy's mentioned project where something similar was tried. I came up with a new idea on the same premise that could actually work.
Let's take three top end designers, for example Lorenzo, Paul Carpenter and Alex Chin. All at the top of their game, each a bit different. Lorenzo does his best work on his courts and jokers, Alex does perhaps the best Aces out of everyone working and Paul does breathtaking back designs. Okay, so they come together to make 3 deck set as follows. First they do rough guidelines. Lorenzo does rough guidelines on the courts and jokers, nothing more than the proportions, how the arms are placed, how the head is turned, the basic shape of them without any details. Alex does thew same on the Aces, just the proportions, the basic shape, no details whatsoever. To even the workload, he could also do the pip placement, nothing more, just how they are placed. Paul does again, just the basic shape of the back design, no details, just proportions and basic shape. He could also do the box, some basic shapes to match the shapes of the back and where the names of the decks will be written and on how large letters, nothing more. Now there is a rough guideline deck.
Next everyone just starts to work within those rough guidelines on their own deck with their own design. They make their own details, their own colors, own everything. You really wouldn't have to worry about too much of the work of the two other designers, just do your own thing. And so a three deck set will be created where each deck is completely different, each done in a different style, but they match as a set as every card have the same shape, the same proportions. The end result would be stunning, yet there would be certain harmony in it that ties the decks together. Some fine details also would be that all three tuck boxes would be done with the same type of paper, the names of the decks would be written in the same font. Sold naturally as a three deck set.
If I would win the lottery, I would hire three designers to do this, give complete artistic freedom and pay for everything without thinking of the expenses...
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