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DESIGN
Amigos Playing Cards
After initially planning to start a fundraiser to support the creation of an online card playing club, web- and iOS-focused creative group Fictive Kin decided to center their campaign on something more tangible—simply, playing cards. Thus, the Amigos...
CULTURE
Cool Hunting Video: Art of Cardistry
For the third video in our Lincoln Hello Again Series we traveled to Los Angeles, CA to spend a few days with Dan and Dave Buck, twin brothers with a shared passion for magic. Interested in illusion from a young age, the pair are not typical performers...
DESIGN
Thornwillow Press Correspondence Cards
While the price of Thornwillow Press' hand-bound, limited edition letterpress printed books—meant to last more than a lifetime—can reach a couple thousand dollars, you can still get a taste of the brand's dedication to quality and design through...
FOOD-DRINK
NoMad Drinking Cards
The cocktail menu at the boutique NoMad Hotel bar changes roughly every six weeks; usually as the season changes, or based on head bartender Leo Robitschek's mood. The NoMad, however, has made one sort of secret addition that makes the going out...
DESIGN
Keisuke Saka
by Lauren Kilberg When art grabs the interest of children and adults alike then mixes in a little physics, the outcome is both fun and captivating. The Japanese have a more eloquent word for it—"Karakuri", which translates literally to...
DESIGN
Twiddle & Bard
In 2010, designer Will Coombs launched Twiddle & Bard with Robb McNeil and Nick Thompson as a response to what they felt had become a lack of proper emotion in digital communication. The Minneapolis-based stationery company has since built a solid...
DESIGN
The Moneywrap
Dreaded by minimalists and doctors alike ("Wallet Sciatica" is an actual medical condition), the bulky Costanza wallet is swiftly becoming a thing of the past thanks to sharp designs like the Moneywrap. Produced by the international notebook and...
DESIGN
Funnybone Toys
A new line of games from Funnybone Toys looks to the design world as inspiration. The three innovative card games, Array, Cubu and Spectrix, build off of the color spectrum, sequencing and counting to create engaging children's activities. While...
DESIGN
Code Cards
While class="none" might be the favorite snippet of HTML at the Cool Hunting office, user experience designer Matt Raw takes the humor behind web development languages to new heights with his cheeky set of letterpress Code Cards. Raw created three...
DESIGN
Paper Weaving Card Set
Sending someone special a card may seem gracious enough these days, but Present & Correct's latest Paper Weaving Card Set really ups the charm with easy tools for constructing a personalized pattern in addition to undoubtedly endearing messages...
DESIGN
Hour of Nine
While the enduring appeal of letterpress lends itself well to fussy scrolls and flourishes, the recent revival has led many designers to contrast the preciousness of the form with more contemporary images. Taking an elegantly adorable approach...
DESIGN
Uncooked eCards
Writing "happy birthday" on someone's Facebook wall, along with hundreds of their other closest pals, doesn't really say much in the way of friendship. If you are one of those amazingly thoughtful types and have time to go out, buy a card, and mail...
DESIGN
Famous Faces Stationery
A kitschy new line of stationary, Takkoda's Famous Faces series features freakishly adorable pets dressed up as popular celebrities. The collection includes journals, bookmarks and greeting cards, each with stoic faces ironically mocking their silly...
DESIGN
Fomato Cards
Charming, witty and altogether unexpected, Emmie Hsu's Fomato birthday cards make our favorite day a little more educational. Designed with bold graphics, each card starts out as with a mini comic-book-style, non-fiction tale about such subjects...
DESIGN
Postcarden
A fresh take on conventional greeting cards and their fleeting enjoyment, Postcarden recently made an Internet splash as a charmingly clever card-gift hybrid. Now available for the first time in the United States, London-based A Studio for Design...
CULTURE
Super Punch Tarot Cards
In celebration of their third anniversary, art and design site Super Punch paired selected artists with a deck of tarot cards for a creative spin on the typically mystical illustrations featured on the average deck. The collection runs the style...
DESIGN
Stank Sentiments for Sweethearts Valentine's Cards
Shirking typical Hallmark sentiments, Stank Sentiments for Sweethearts offers a different kind of nostalgia with a series of alternative boldface (and type) messages that borrow from rap lyrics to woo the one who makes your knees go week. We have...
DESIGN
Eight Thank You Cards
Expressing appreciation for those who celebrated the season of giving makes a great way to begin the new year. We highlighted some of our favorite ways to say thanks here. From affectionate to witty, each card channels sincere sentiments of gratitude...
DESIGN
Vince Letterpress
Meaghan Barbuto scoured eBay, bought a half-ton vintage letterpress machine, and spent weekends experimenting with wedding invites, business cards and greeting cards for friends and family. Deciding upon a name was simple; she dedicated Vince Letterpress...
DESIGN
Memolio Picture Albums
For archivists or self-promoters, Memolio publishes small decks of multiple images. Whether handing them out as mini portfolios, creating albums to commemorate special events or giving them as gifts, the unlimited options make them endlessly useful...
DESIGN
Red Cap Cards
Red Cap Cards, the Beverly Hills-based creator of smartly illustrated letterpress greeting cards, journals, and clothing, has just added Anke Weckmann and Lauren Duarte to their list of collaborators. Established in 2004 by Hal Mertz and illustrator...
DESIGN
David Shrigley: Polite Cards
by Gabriel Bell For those with a checkered past or a wicked sense of humor we recommend a selection from David Shrigley's line of comical cards presented by the British design collective, Polite. Granted, there's nothing actually polite about...
DESIGN
70 Unique Business Cards
As we continue to fiddle with our own business cards, it was nice to come across a comprehensive list of 70 original and clever designs. The site features a range of different shapes, sizes and forms, but my favorites are ones that have some sort...
TECH
Hello Kitty Solid Gold Playing Cards
by Brian Ashcraft If nothing says luxe like gold playing cards, then nothing says WTF like gold Hello Kitty playing cards. Starting 3 October 2007, Sanrio will start selling solid gold Hello Kitty trumps in honor of Kitty's 33rd anniversary. Each...
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