Grid. Series Three – Typographic Playing Cards by Luke Wadey

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by Jyl. Sun 17th Feb 2019

Grid. Series Three playing cards, is the third and final deck in the Grid. series, designed by London-based graphic designer Luke Wadey. This seems to be a disappointment to Luke’s legion of followers, because many of them are already coming up with ideas for a 4th deck. Sorry guys… not happening.

This deck is currently being funded on Kickstarter and if you know a good thing when you see it, you’ll be heading over to make a pledge before the campaign ends on 4th March 2019.

Grid. Series Three front fan. Stunning :)

After the huge success of the previous two Grid. decks (Grid. Series One, and Grid. Series Two, obvs) Luke has clearly left his fans wanting more, because at the time of writing this article, and with still another 6 days left in the campaign, Grid. Series Three has attracted 577 backers who have collectively pledged a total of £16,954 (GBP). In fact, the deck was fully funded less than 18 hours after launch.

The whole Grid. Series. One, Two & Three
Grid. Series Three. Standard Edition.

With a one-off print-run of 2000, this deck will be printed by USPCC on their world-renowned classic stock with air-cushioned finish, making these cards perfect for not only us poker enthusiasts, but also cardists and magicians. As with the previous decks in the series, GS3 showcase the typographic Swiss design style, which was concieved in Germany, the Netherlands, and Russia in the 1920’s, but was developed in 1950’s Switzerland. The bold lines and curves of the text gives it a timeless and familiar feel. However, for this deck, the creator has taken this simplicity, and edged it up with his use of negative space and colour combinations, as well as asymmetric alignment. It makes a refreshing change from the traditional illustrated deck designs we are all used to.

Each card’s value is highlighted in a total of 8 different ways:

  • A) Abbreviation of the name; Five Diamonds = Fi/Di
  • B) Standard location of corner custom pips and indices
  • C) Graphic background of current card
  • D) List of standard 52 cards which become highlighted on the current card
  • E) Miniature card number and pip
  • F) A timeline of the cards in suit sequence with a marker moving along the line
  • G) Enlarged card digit and pip for easiest way to identify
  • H) Name of card written in full

Along with the standard edition deck, a few added extras have become available as the funding has grown. The amazing uncut sheet was released as an add-on to those who want something more from their artwork. This is when the full deck is printed and taken off the press but not sent to be cut and made into a deck of cards. So no, it’s not just a poster or a ‘print’, it’s actual card stock, it just hasn’t been cut.

Limited to just 20 pieces, this would be an amazing addition to any wall. I’ve mine booked and I can’t wait to get it. Imagine having one of only 20. In the WORLD. Now THAT’S a limited edition!!

Another unlocked add-on is the Limited Edition GS3 deck. Limited as in only 35 will ever be printed. The basic design stays the same, but with the outlines highlighted and no use of block colour, this is truly a unique deck.

Novel writing software without the learning curve.

Likewise, the GS3 Mono Deck, which has also been unlocked, crosses the lines and curves of the Grid. decks with the edgy, grungy feel of the Mono – X deck which was Luke’s last Kickstarter success. These too are limited to a print run of just 200. Printed this time by Cartamundi on their highly acclaimed True Linen B9 Finish, this deck is a cardist’s dream. Oh, and a collector’s must-have.

GS3 Mono Edition

T-shirts are also available as an add-on. Printed by RudViolet right here in the UK, these t-shirts are made from 100% cotton in both mens sizes and ladies slim-fit. Available in black, yellow, and white, wear yours to show your love of GS3.

Together with stickers, posters, postcards, and phone backgrounds, this campaign offers something for everyone. Luke has really pulled out all the stops on this one, and that’s reflected in the huge backing he’s received for this deck.

It wouldn’t be fair to Luke to attribute the success of the deck to the the deck alone, although it is a fantastic looking specimen. In his previous campaigns Luke has shown himself to be the sort of creator who not only appreciates each and every backer, but he also listens to and responds to them on an individual basis. Every message is answered, every query settled, every request met. This, I find, is key to a successful campaign. With regular posts and updates on his Instagram account, backers are offered a sense of community, each and every person there sharing a common bond – a love of fantastic playing cards.

If you’re interested in adding a few of these decks to your collection, or even if you fancy a snazzy work of art on your wall, and a cool t-shirt on your back, then head on over to the Kickstarter page and make your pledge. Be a part of the success of Grid. Series Three.

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As always, any and all comments are more than welcome, so go ahead and use the box below. Any questions? I’m more than happy to help. Thanks :)

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26 thoughts on “Grid. Series Three – Typographic Playing Cards by Luke Wadey

  1. Estefania

    I am some impressed by this!! This card set seem so cool!! I love to play poker but I never imagine there was a whole industry that makes them seem this beautiful!! I think is super cool that you share this information I am sure there are plenty of happy magicians using this cool cards to make their tricks!! I have been considering buying some just to put them as art in my place!!!

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    1. Jyl Post author

      You should definitely get some playing card art – the uncut sheet of the Grid. Series Three deck looks amazing and I can’t wait to get mine :) The cards will also be fun to play with, you should grab yourself a deck or two :) Thanks for your comment.

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  2. Jen

    I’ve always been drawn to art and colorful art mediums, in fact, my walls are covered with canvases that I paint using different ideas, but i’ve never seen cards used as a medium before, and I may have something new to try.

    These also would be good for just throwing down in Spades, lol. I’ll have to check out your kickstarter page. Hope this gets up and running soon.

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    1. Jyl Post author

      Thank you for your comment. Playing cards have truly become an art form. No longer boring. Do check out Kickstarter and pledge for a deck or two. You won’t be disappointed :)

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  3. Lars

    When I came across this article, I was drawn in right away. I have never seen a deck of cards as art/design but this is really nice work. In particular, I like the 8 different ways each card is identified. Nice ….

    Since I haven’t used them, of course, I wouldn’t know how it would be to play with them. The regular ones I know the value of each card because I see the whole design card as one, but I guess this will be the same with these after a while.

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    1. Jyl Post author

      Thank you Lars. This is truly a unique deck and even though it’s part of a 3-set, it still has it’s own qualities that set it apart from other decks. I’m glad you enjoyed my review :) 

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  4. faftop

    The grid series typographic card looks awesome. I play cards a lot, though not until recently and this type looks so much different  and the artistic work are topnotch. I have few friends who are addicted to playing cards, they’re surely going to love this.

    Those T-shirts ain’t bad at all.

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    1. Jyl Post author

      You should give your friend the Kickstarter link (https://kck.st/2NaaVFy) and get them to pledge for a deck or two – these are very special cards and will never be printed again… the t-shirts are special too, and would look great at a poker night…. just sayin’…..

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  5. Dino

    You opened an entire new world to me! So much amazing info about the grid series typographic cards that I will definitely pass it around to the right people as well, who will appreciate your excellent piece of work.
    By the way I loved the T-shirts, they are boss!!
    Cheers

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    1. Jyl Post author

      Thank you Dino. The t-shirts are rather special, I have to admit. Go get yourself a deck or two and a t-shirt or two while you’re at it :D

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  6. Todd P Matthews

    I used to collect playing cards when I was younger and I must say I’ve never come across cards such as these. I was taken aback by that design but in a good way. These cards have a modern look and feel to them and I’d love to grab a deck to restart my collection. Thanks for sharing an article covering such unique playing cards.

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  7. Ola

    This is a wonderfully concise review of the Grid. Series Three deck of playing cards. I like how you talk about the creator Luke Wadey as well as the cards, because then I can get a better understanding of the process behind the deck. Thank you and please keep sharing your beautiful reviews.

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    1. Jyl Post author

      Thank you for your comment. I love it when my readers get what I’m saying and agree with me. It means so much. Please check back for further posts.

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  8. lee hue

    Oh! Another brilliant deck being funded on crowdfunding. “Grid Series Three”. The artwork is fantastic. So new and fresh. I love all the various photos you’ve used to showcase the deck. I really like this deck. I would love to buy the cards and t-shirts. Thank you so much for this post, I will click on the link now and pledge.

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    1. Jyl Post author

      Thank you for your comment. Yes, it’s definitely worth getting. And the artwork is new and fresh, I’ve never seen anything like the Grid. Series decks. Welcome aboard!

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  9. Cristina

    These designs look fantastic! I had never heard of collecting playing cards before.

    My partner collects dvds, blurays and cds and is obsessed with getting the ones in the best conditions. I must say she managed to pass this to me and looking at those sleek cards on your website made me want to buy them lol

    When did you start doing this and how big is your collection?Do you tend to buy a set of card twice, one to keep as collection and one to use for playing?Cristina

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    1. Jyl Post author

      Actually Cristina, yes I do :) I have at least 2 decks of everything. One, I just HAVE to open and play with and feel. The other deck, I like to keep ‘good’. I’ve been collecting Jokers since I was a child (a lot of years ago…!) and began collecting decks of playing cards just to get the Jokers about 9-10 years ago. These days the decks are so much more artistic and fun. If I see one I like I have to have it. Or two of it! :D 

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  10. Autofreak

    I kind of have FOMO (Fear of Missing out) at the moment, the success of last two series means that it can be projected that this one will be another hit. Luke is on to another big surprise. No matter how little I can afford, I am going to make a pledge!I somehow missed the success of steemmonster on Steemit blockchain, it is a card game that really brought lost of attention to itself.

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    1. Jyl Post author

      My motto is, if you want it, get it. You can easily pledge for all three of the Grid. decks on the Kickstarter page, so why not go over and get yours. They aren’t the mass-produced, everyone-has-a-deck-of-these-somewhere-in-their-house kind of decks. They’re limited editions, and well worth getting. Hope you enjoy yours as much as I know I’ll be enjoying mine :)

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  11. Connor

    I’m not familiar with Luke Wadey and his previous works but his card designs are certainly interesting!  The uncut card stock looks awesome as well.  I’d like to have it on my wall if I could!

    I also want to add that I think your playing card niche is very unique.  It really stands out amongst many of the other niches I’ve seen.  Great job on this article.

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    1. Jyl Post author

      Thanks Connor. Luke has a few fantastic playing card decks under his belt, and to be honest he’s one of my all time favourite playing card designers. I can’t wait to see what he comes up with next. And don’t forget, if you’re a fan of art, there are only 20 uncut sheets EVER to be available… now that’s pretty special :)

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  12. radeetalam

    Hi Jyl,

    Wow! those cards look really cool. I did not know about Grid Series Three playing cards before reading your review. It is really nice to become familiar with those cool stuffs. It was really a nice review. I am loving the cards every time I look at those (in the picture). I have become a fan those after seeing the wall-mates build with those cards. Those are gonna make my bedroom more fancy. No longer waiting, I am going to buy those. Also, those Grid T-shirts worth a buy!

    Thank you so much Jyl for letting us know about such nice cards. I am fully amazed after seeing the cards! I am going to follow your page and follow in the social links that you have provided.

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  13. Oneal22

    This is an amazing write up, just simply breathtaking I must say. I have been involved in a few games of poker from many years back. But Before now I had not known about these type of cards, the grid series typographic cards to be precise they are just beautiful and I like the way they look and it makes me yearn to know how they would feel to the touch. They truly must be a favourite for magicians doing the card trick. Cheers.

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    1. Jyl Post author

      Thanks for your comment. Yes, they are a beautiful deck of cards. And I’m afraid we’ll have to wait for a while yet to get them in our hands and feel the smooth handling for ourselves. If you fancy grabbing yourself a deck or two, or even an uncut sheet, head over to the Kickstarter page and pledge: 

      https://kck.st/2NaaVFy

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