Marco Minzoni

Playin' Cards (2014)

Self initiated project about playing cards. I employed the brief of an old visual communication school that required the use of graphic design to improve the look of the traditional cards for a specific target audience. I decided to modify the brief, using graphic design to change the aesthetic but also to impact on the rules of the game and transforming the concept of playing cards.


Through the use of phosphorescent paint, I created a set of two decks applied to 52 physical cards only. Each card contains two seeds, two colours and two numbers. The concept is that, while playing, and switching off the lights, the game changes inevitably, modifying the rules. A physical production choice can modify the inherent meaning of an object.

Card box, 66 x 22 x 90 mm
Fedrigoni Freelife Gloss 300gsm
Colour digital print
Phosphorescent paint, hand applied with PVC stencil


52 playing cards, 64 x 89 mm
Fedrigoni Freelife Gloss 250gsm
Colour digital print
Phosphorescent paint, hand applied with PVC stencil