Hawk Playing Cards – The Written Edition – Typography

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Hawk Playing Cards

This deck is described on their Kickstarter page as:  

“Hawk Playing Cards, a set that aims to use text and subtle icons to create a deck with impact and freshness. Every measurement is to precision to in order all cards are uniform, all cards have extreme attention to detail. After all, a card designed to be easy to read, should be easy on the eye.”

Hawk Playing Cards – The Written Edition – Typography. On Kickstarter now.

Oh. Dear. Lordy. Well, it has finally come to pass. I am about to write a review that the designer of these cards ain’t gonna wanna read….. It’s not that the ‘designs’ aren’t great. The way the wording is positioned and the colours that are used is great – very ‘designy’ – but, well… that’s it. As far as I am concerned. The Hawk Playing Cards by UK based Luke Wadey just don’t cut it with me. Let me explain…… First of all. Here is the graphic of the suits….

Hawk Playing Cards - Suits

Hawk Playing Cards – Suits

It’s one of those Facebook post type things – ‘When You See It’……. Can you see it? Ok, I’ll tell you. The Spades and the Clubs. The pips are mixed up. Here are the real actual Spades and Clubs…

Spades and Clubs

…and here’s how the designer has them on this deck of cards….Spades and Clubs

 

Which is all wrong. As anyone who has ever lifted a deck of cards will know. I am absolutely certain that many of you who come onto this site as complete novices at least have a good grasp of what the suits should look like…. Don’t get me wrong. I like the idea of this. Using the last ‘S’ of each word to replicate the suit that the card represents – it’s a good idea and I’ve never seen it done before. But, jeepers creepers, get it right…!!

Novel writing software without the learning curve.

Another gripe here is that these cards are completely and totally (and I mean completely and totally) unplayable-with. Imagine holding these in your hands as a ‘hand’ in a fan. You’d need to have them open to practically the whole width of the card just to know what they were. Par exemplar….

HandAs a ‘playing’ deck this is simply no good. As a collecting deck, forget it. I’ve seen and reviewed many different decks, and I have many, many, MANY more that I want to review. Good decks. Great decks. Decks that are either ‘playing with’ decks or ‘looking at’ decks. These are neither.

Potentially, this could have been something. The writing could have been down the side of the card, smaller and more readable. The suits could have been right. Sorry, SHOULD have been right. I could actually see this, if the designer went back to the drawing board and made the changes that needed changing, being a successful Kickstarter project. But as it is, I doubt very much whether he sees even the full paltry £750 that he is looking for – despite what his friends and family come onboard with.

Hawk Playing Cards - Jokers and Backs

It’s a true shame about this. But I absolutely for the first ever time have felt that I had to leave a review that was not in the least bit favourable. And it’s not sitting well with me. But it had to be done. I can’t even go into all the designer’s ‘spiel’ on the Kickstarter project page because it’s clearly made-up nonsense.

Please, designers, don’t decide to design a deck of playing cards without even knowing what they are all about. What they are for. What people may want or expect from them. Because THIS is what will happen.


If on the other hand you’d like to check out an amazing deck currently on Kickstarter, then click on this link to see the TeaTime Silhouette Playing Cards. Now THESE are fantastic…!!!!

TeaTime Silhouette Playing Cards - The Sixes - The Lovers

TeaTime Silhouette Playing Cards – The Sixes – The Lovers

Any comments or questions are always welcome. Please just use the box below. Thank you for reading :)

 

 

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25 thoughts on “Hawk Playing Cards – The Written Edition – Typography

  1. Surrounding Beauty

    Hi there! I am happy to chance upon another post of yours. Previously I read about the Prism night cards and was blown away by the appearance of those cards, I must say that The Written Edition – Typography cards pale in comparison. The fonts are too big for my liking. A shame, as I quite like how cool the jokers cards look.

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  2. Julie Fenoglio

    This is a very good review and dissection of the Hawks playing cards. I definitely would be frustrated and would take so much extra time trying to figure this out since I am not an expert card player. Definitely not for beginners and doesn’t look great for experienced players either.

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    1. Jyl Post author

      I know Julie, these simply missed the mark. They did cancel the campaign and hopefully they will rethink the deck and come back with something that’s at least fit for purpose. Fingers crossed :)

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  3. Sarah

    Yeah, card games are mostly visual. And when you take away that element from the cards it becomes very difficult. I don’t like reading the text on every single card multiple times to remember what I have. Are these cards really popular? Seems to me that they wouldn’t be, but I guess if you’re reviewing they very well may be.

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    1. Jyl Post author

      No, Sarah, these cards aren’t even for sale. They *were* being funded on Kickstarter to get the money to produce them, but I reckon that the creators realised their mistakes and have cancelled the project. Thankfully.

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  4. Linda Garner

    What an interesting website. I never would have thought of collecting cards. I agree with you about the Hawk cards. I think that if I were buying them to use in card games I would find them very confusing. You shouldn’t have to read each card. Pictures are a quicker to digest.

    As a collector card, maybe. I know what you said but I think there may be a chance that people might want to collect failures. More of a chance to get a limited edition. Don’t you think?

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    1. Jyl Post author

      I see what you mean, Linda, but I reckon there’s a difference between a mis-print and something that’s just plain wrong. They’ve cancelled the project so hopefully they know what they’ve done and are going to come back with a better design. You never know :)

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  5. Leonard

    Very nice article. Playing cards is not my hobby though I play it sometimes.

    I am not keen looking at cards but with these type of cards, I think it becomes more complicated.
    The designs are great and It may take some time for people to get use to this type of designs

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    1. Jyl Post author

      There are lots of people who aren’t always interested in playing with cards, like you yourself, but when you do decide to pick up a deck you at least want it to be playable… :/

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  6. Randy

    Hey
    I agree with you these cards would be a nightmare to try to play a game with. The S on the clubs looks more like a spade and I don’t know what the S on the spades looks like. Sure not a spade, not even close. A fresh design is a good idea but they strayed too far off the path. The tea time cards look more like it.

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    1. Jyl Post author

      Yes, Randy you got it. They mixed up the suits on the clubs and the spades. In trying to do something clever they just messed up. Some people should leave well enough alone.

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  7. The Fat Guy

    Hello,

    I agree with you very much, While I like the idea of the way the card looks, it should be correct in the manner of which you described, get the suit right LOL.

    Did they really put these cards on the market? I wonder if they will be in the dollar store soon or somewhere on the trash heap.

    Maybe they will become a collectors Item somewhere down the line because of the errors, but not anytime soon.

    Thanks for the review.

    The Fat Guy

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    1. Jyl Post author

      He was looking for funding from Kickstarter (which is a crowdfunding platform) to get these made, but thankfully he seems to have seen the error of his ways, and has cancelled the project. Maybe if he does some (major) design tweaking he could relaunch them…. And I mean it when I say good luck second time round.

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  8. Igor

    There should be more sites on this subject on the net. you finally put together everything about this niche. My girlfriend is a big collector of a card so I know how hard is to find all helpful information in one place. I am sending her a link at once :-)
    Thank you and keep up good work

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    1. Jyl Post author

      Thank you Igor. It’s a passion of mine, so it’s good to see that it’s appreciated :)

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  9. Val

    I would have to agree with you, the Hawk playing cards are terribly designed. If I had to play with these cards I would probably through them down and walk away in frustration.

    There are so many other well designed cards. It is a shame that the designers couldn’t figure out a better layout and font for the cards.

    In your opinion, what are the best cards that you have ever played with?

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    1. Jyl

      Oh Val, now you’re asking…. I really couldn’t choose one deck. I don’t even think I could narrow it down. Though, for a night playing poker with friends and family I would use a standard deck, maybe Bicycle Rider Backs, made by The US Playing Card Co., or Waddington’s No.1 which is a British brand. Both these types are just ‘run of the mill’ type cards with standard faces. They’re very smooth to handle and easy to shuffle and are hard wearing. A lot of the really good decks that I have are also by USPCC so they are printed on good quality card stock. Then again there are other manufacturers who have developed brilliant finishes for their cards, like Legends Playing Cards.

      A deck of cards that I always enjoy playing poker with is the Bicycle Series 1800. They’re printed to make them look old and well worn, which is great for pretending you’re a cowboy in the Wild West at a card game in some grotty saloon :) You do get tempted to wash your hands every so often though… :D

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  10. Debra

    I can see why you wouldn’t give a good review on this written edition of playing cards. They are just difficult for your brain to process, especially since we generally see numbers or letters in those corners. I hope this is not a direction that playing cards are heading.

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    1. Jyl Post author

      Debra, I don’t think this will be the norm for playing cards. At least, I bloomin hope not!! Seriously though, you’ve heard the expression ‘as useful as a chocolate tea pot’…? well, that’s these cards… I do feel for the designer because I think that they have the ‘design’ aspect just right. And maybe on a fancy restaurant’s menus or on a RSC poster they may have something really special. But not on playing cards – particularly if they don’t know their Spades from their Clubs. Tut tut tut….. :/

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  11. Michael

    Well I have to say these are rather unorthodox looking cards. Would these be worth anything as from a collector’s standpoint? The concept looks cool but as mentioned the clubs and spades are backwards as pointed out and if anyone played with these, i am sure games would take longer as everyone would have to take a second look. Great review though.

    Michael

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    1. Jyl

      Thank you Michael. I doubt that these cards would get any collectors’ attention. Unless as a misprinted deck…? Like with banknotes or postage stamps etc? So you never know…. They’re almost like an ‘A’ Level project (I’m in the UK, so that’s the exams 18 year-olds do before leaving school) and not a very good one at that. As you say the concept is good – really good – but it just doesn’t deliver because it’s just too wrong… :(

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  12. David

    Thank you so much on this amazing blog on Hawks playing cards. Very good blog and information on why you should not use these playing cards.

    I would like to know in your opinion what are some of the best playing cards? After reading this blog I do not think I will be buying any Hawks cards,

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    1. Jyl

      David, the best playing cards….??? Wow….. there are so many. Have a look at the rest of the reviews that I have done on my site and you’ll see some amazing decks. In particular, the Requiem deck by Stockholm17 (http://icollectplayingcards.com/requiem-playing-cards-by-lorenzo-gaggioti-review). The artwork involved is too detailed for anyone other than the artist to ever understand. Also the Back to the Asylum deck – there’s a story behind those here: http://icollectplayingcards.com/back-to-the-asylum-playing-cards-on-kickstarter-now But honestly, there are so many fantastic decks out there right now that it’s too exciting and unexpected to even be able to pick one, two or even twenty favourite decks :)

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    2. Demetris

      Woe! your rant is jumping off the page, you wrote that straight from the heart. I was going to ask do you think that screw up could be come a collectors item. But as I read I got my answer.

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      1. Jyl Post author

        These would only get made if the designer got enough funding on Kickstarter, but they have actually cancelled the project. Let’s hope they’re redesigning the whole deck and hopefully they’ll come back with something that’s fit for purpose this time :)

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