For graphic designers and illustrators a set of playing cards is like a playground: four suits and thirteen different cards on which they can showcase their creativity and skills without restraints. Lately, the number of playing cards projects is in continuous growth and there’s an amazing number of interesting decks out there.

The last deck of cards that caught our attention is the Four Point Playing Cards by Ben Vierck. An industrial designer, artist and illustrator from San Francisco, California, Ben used his skills to create an original deck of playing cards beautifully illustrated by hand with multiple themes and sources of inspiration like intricate designs of money, ancient symbols, impossible geometry or yoga mudras.

So, if you want to add some class to your poker night, you should consider the Four Point Playing Cards. Even if they won’t improve your poker skills, the playing cards created by Ben Vierck will impress through the crazy amount of detail and the fact that they are not only awesomely illustrated but also very well thought out. The artist started from a back story involving each House (suit) and all the characters within it and set up a framework of symbols related to the chosen theme and from there the creativity and spontaneity played their part.

Each suit represents a unique theme and each court embodies a variation of that theme. For example, the Diamonds represent material power or money. The Ace is a symbolic representation, the Jack is the downfall of money (greed), the Queen is the misuse of money (decadence), and the King is the ideal (control). Hidden symbols and meanings are also incorporated on each court card to further the story and hint at the underlying meaning behind each card. For instance, if you look carefully, you will notice that the hands and fingers illustrated on the court cards represent yoga mudras, symbolic gestures mainly used in Hinduism and Buddhism.

We should also mention that this 1st edition high quality deck of cards is printed by the United States Playing Card Company (USPCC) and all the original drawings are available on Kickstarter to help fund the first production run of the deck.

Check out the image gallery below and if you’re interested visit the project’s Kickstarter page and contribute.

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