Pentagram partner Paula Scher has joined together with Art of Play, the online shop known for its eccentric catalog of collectible playing cards, puzzles, and home amusements, to produce a series of luxury playing cards. Split into two decks, the thoughtfully named “Just Type” playing cards are a deconstruction of the classic French idea of traditional “poker cards.” The auxiliary elements are pared down; all that’s left is Just Type.
Edition 1 takes an abstract, geometric approach. Large, angular shapes fill the entirety of the cards. While each composition could stand on its own as a piece of art, taken together, this collection of 56 images represents a totally unique attitudes towards a familiar form factor.
Edition 2 adopts a more minimalist philosophy without sacrificing any of the personality. Every card features a single numeral or character with the suit baked into the design. The typography takes inspiration from old-fashioned woodblock printing with its broad strokes and narrow sidebearing. The card backs of both decks feature a collage of all the number and letter artwork joined together in a bold, bright combination.
Both decks are available for purchase now at Art of Play.