Michael, thank you for your time and wishing you the best with your project! (Project link at end of interview)
Here are the 10:
Tell us a little about yourself:
I love designing. In my day job I design and build homes. Watching and playing with my kids gives me a lot of the inspiration for the ideas I come up with.
1. What got you interested in designing a deck of playing cards?
I have designed games and cards since I can remember. I made a good number of cards and games by hand that damply and friends used over the years.
2. What was your inspiration for this deck?
I majored in history in college. I love it! I have always enjoyed the art aspect of playing cards and Andrew Dougherty was always a designer and company that I really associated with. He was a hard working Irish immigrant. Many of my ancestors were just like him. Immigrated from Ireland and put their nose to the grind stone to make this country go.
3. Why Kickstarter?
I fell in love with Kickstarter from the first time I learned about it. I pledged for 5 projects the first day. My first project was a book that I wanted to publish for an artist friend that passed away. We didn’t fund, but I would like to revisit it some day. Kickstarter gives me the medium to reach millions of people and share my ideas. It is so much fun to interact with backers, it is a real thrill to have them appreciate your project.
4. Do you have any other interesting hobbies or maybe a fun story about an experience involving your deck?
I am always reading a history book. Studying the history and design of playing cards is what led me to start this project. When I approached The United States Playing Card Company with the concept I already had a lot of the work done. I needed some of their resources to continue the research on the deck. When they saw the artwork they were thrilled and very helpful, I am so grateful for their participation and help with the project.
5. What is one thing you wouldn’t do without?
6. What’s the best tidbit of advice you’ve ever been given?
Work hard, have fun and love your family. You’ll find that you enjoy life when you work hard and you spend time with your family. From my Grandma.
7. What advice would you give to other aspiring deck creators/artists?
Create a deck that inspires you. Don’t set out to make something for others. When you are inspired by something that is when others feel the sincerity in your project and in turn connect to it.
8. Do you have an online presence where we can view your work?
9. Is there anything else you’d like to say?
I love designing games and cards and will continue to do it as long as I can. I am so grateful for all of the backers that have supported us.
10. And finally, I would like to give you this opportunity to share three to five images and tell us a little about each.
Here’s a teaser: More images will follow…
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