Over the past month we have been covering the Bicycle Foto Grafis playing card project that is coming soon to Kickstarter in early October with news stories regarding the launch of the project as well as the announcement of the official name. Today, we have more news on the project regarding the actual card design, which reveals the concept and layout of the face and number cards in the upcoming project. Paul Michael Kane, project creator, has given us exclusive access to the material to release to the playing card community.
The card concept features all of Paul's photography and a horizontal pip recognition system that is different from traditional pip layout on most playing card designs. With the pips being laid out this way, the cards have been given more surface area to display the actual photos that Paul is featuring on each card. Instead of forcing each element in their traditional locations, Paul has created a card design that not only has consistency but also displays the art without sacrificing card functionality.
Here is a small look at the Bicycle Foto Grafis number and Ace card designs, which is the concept every card in the deck will follow:
The court or face cards will feature actual models in place of the royals.
If that isn't enough news, the project will have a funding goal of $8,500 with stretch goals beginning at $10K. As part of the projects stretch goals, Paul will also be offering a Foto Grafis poker chip FREE of charge as a thank you if the project reaches $10K. Anyone with one or more decks added to their pledge will receive a chip once the stretch goal is hit. Here is a mockup of the poker chip:
Be on the look out for Bicycle Foto Grafis as it will go live in early October.