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Kickstarter: 3 Questions with Jason Veatch of QED Playing Cards


NOW on Kickstarter, the QUANTUM deck is perfect for anyone who loves physics or playing cards. It is a celebration of this pillar of modern physics and an homage to the many individuals who devoted their lives to its development. This FULLY custom deck is designed by Jason Veatch of QED Playing Cards.

Jason's background is in physics and he works as a particle physicist on the Large Hadron Collider at CERN. On creating a science-themed deck, Jason told Kardify,
I became fascinated by playing cards a few years ago, especially as a medium to tell stories. While there are some excellent science-themed decks, there is a lot of potential to explore new areas of science through playing cards. Naturally, my inclination is towards physics. After convincing my wife that I wasn't setting up a bad (or awesome) pun when I told her my plan to create a physics deck, we set about making it a reality together.



Inside, the QUANTUM card backs are designed to draw you into the center of the atom. The rich violet highlighted with a constellation of dots creates a mesmerizing spiral into the center. The custom courts celebrate many of the key physicists who contributed to this enormous effort. Each court card depicts a physicist with details representing their life and work and absolutely packed with symbols related to the physicist. QUANTUM features a power Ace of Clubs with the QED Playing Cards logo as its pip. 


Last week, we had a quick chat with Jason about the inspiration behind QUANTUM Playing Cards, the future of QED Playing Cards, and his favorite deck.

What is your inspiration behind the Quantum Playing Cards? How did you come up with the idea?
The QUANTUM deck is a celebration of everything related to quantum physics. The tuck box is covered in references, the jokers are dead and alive versions of Schrödinger's cat, the add card contains instructions to perform an experiment at home, and the court cards are all redrawn to depict important physicists. I have always been interested in the history of physics and the stories of the great physicists who laid the foundations of the subject that I love. Designing a deck gave me an opportunity to pay tribute to those individuals while helping to make their amazing work more accessible to everyone. 


What’s next? Can we expect more deck designs in the future?
Physics is a huge field with too many discoveries and great individuals to do justice in a single deck of cards. Therefore, QUANTUM is just the first in a planned series that will cover other areas of physics. We have quite a few decks in various stages of planning. I want to limit spoilers, but I will reassure everyone that wonders why Einstein didn't make it into QUANTUM that he will most likely appear in a future deck.



Finally, what are your favorite playing card decks?
It is tough to rank the decks in my collection, but if I had to choose I would say the Elemental and Orbit series. The Hydrogen deck is what sparked my interest in custom cards and inspired me to get into creating my own. I've loved everything Nick has put out in the series. And it is hard to not love Orbit. Besides the awesome space theme, the design really tapped into something amazing.

If you liked what you read here and would like to support QUANTUM Playing Cards, head to Kickstarter here! Pledge starts at $12 and the deck will be printed by Cartamundi on their B9 slimline stock.

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