A global collaboration across IBM Design to illustrate a playing card for a shared deck. Collaboration between IBM Design and Playing Arts to showcase design style from across the globe.
Wild Ducks Card Deck
The Ask: Create an illustration that will be added to a collaborative deck of playing cards.
My Work: I was selected to design the card for the Jack of Diamonds.
It took me a while to come up with the concept I wanted to focus on for the design of this card. Since I was given the Jack of Diamonds I started by looking at word play and meanings behind "Jack" as well as thinking about how I could play with the diamond shape. This part involved lots of ideation and I still wasn't happy with the concepts I was coming up with. The design direction didn't come to me until I was on a road trip with my friends to DC. We started just throwing idea out there and one of my friends said "Lumberjack!"
The second I heard that I immediately pictured a buff, axe-yielding lumberjack. Once I had the image in mind, I began sketching some concepts for the card design. I used a mixture of organic shaped with sharp angels to create a dynamic form for his body. You can see my one of my ideation sketches here. I began coming up with the personality I wanted the lumberjack too have. You can also see how I was beginning to incorporate the diamond shapes in my design.
Next, I moved over to Illustrator to begin bringing the illustration to life. I picked my color palette and used bold geometries to get the details across. Playing with the diamond shape, I worked this form into both the lumberjack's axe and the mountains.
I reconfigured the elements in the design until I was happy with the illustration. Then, I added the illustration to the card design to see how it would look. After that I sent off the design to see my (lumber)jack of diamonds complete.
The (lumber)jack of diamonds!
Here are some photos of the deck that was created.