The Problem and Our Solution
I didn’t intend to draw an entire deck of playing cards. I left my salary job as an in-house graphic designer to pursue the world of freelance. But, as it’s known to go for people who choose this path, the carpet was ever beneath me waiting to be tugged. One day I showed up to my office and there was no work to do. With a wife and two kids at home, I couldn’t be idle — so, as a discipline for the mind, I began designing a single playing card, the jack of spades. It turned out pretty well. The next day I showed up and still no work. So I designed the queen of spades. After three feverish months of this pattern, still workless, I had, to my surprise, finished designing an entire deck of playing cards.
I was flat broke. I was working hard, but with no income to show for it. It was at this low point that I asked my officemates to help me put together a pitch video and I launched the playing cards on Kickstarter. To this day I'm in awe of it. It was a smashing success.
Design Should Be Interesting
Although the playing card art that we’re most used to is well-done, it is no longer interesting because it has become so common. That seemed like a big problem to me. Why don’t we have a modern illustration perspective of a game played all over the world for hundreds of years? The Misc. Goods Co. playing card deck shows new perspective on the classic style of the game while weaving in new ideas, references and back story. It’s gratifying when I hear from someone who just got their hands on the cards and is discovering these elements. You can see one of the most detailed of these responses here.
Made in America
Above all things, we believe in the integrity of hard, honest and fair work. Every person has the inherent right to it and we have a personal relationship with all of our manufacturers, like the United States Playing Card Co., based in Erlanger KY.