These Playing Card Designs Are Aces

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Have you ever wished your game of gin rummy (or Go Fish) could be ever so slightly more aesthetically pleasing? Does the white space on an Eight of Clubs fill your mind with exciting design possibilities? Or maybe you’d just like to check out some cool cards. Either way, Digital Arts reports that Shelter, a London-based homelessness advocacy group, will be accepting entries in its playing card redesign contest until August 21st. The winning card will be displayed in September alongside 52 counterparts by the likes of Damien Hirst, Alexander McQueen and Vivienne Westwood. Meanwhile, we’ve posted a few of our favorite current entries after the jump.

Too meta?

Reminds us of the 3-2-1 countdown before a filmstrip.

Is this too colorful/decorative to be practical?

What would Mystery think of this peacocking?

Nice colors, though perhaps there was some Photoshop brush abuse.

The rest of the entries are here. What’s up with the ones that don’t even have numbers?