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Zaid Salman – Bicycle Eira Ice – A Deck of Playing Cards Inspired By Snow

Zaid, thank you for your time and wishing you the best with your project! (Project link at end of interview)

Here are the 10:

1. What got you interested in designing a deck of playing cards?
As a visual artist, I love communicating with pictures. But in the past few years, I’ve wanted my art to mean something or to do something more than just being nice to look at. About 2 years ago, I got into playing card decks as works of art in and of themselves, and then got the idea that it would be a lot of fun to design one. And when it was done, I would have a work of art that was also functional.

2. What was your inspiration for this deck?
I’ve always been fascinated with the variety and symmetry of snowflakes, so that was the direct inspiration for this deck. A deck of cards provides the opportunity to create 54 pieces of artwork all in one place, and since no two snowflakes are alike, I thought it would be cool to have a deck that reflects that.

3. Why Kickstarter?
Kickstarter is the great equalizer. Back in the day, if you needed a chunk of money to do something, there were only a few places or a few people you could go to get it, and the average guy on the street didn’t have access to anything like that. Kickstarter levels the playing field and opens up opportunities for people to bring their projects to life in ways they probably could have never done before. Also, it has become a community in and of itself, a lot of people go on Kickstarter to find cool projects that they can’t find anywhere else. I call it “community creation” and it’s definitely a good thing!

4. Do you have any other interesting hobbies or maybe a fun story about an experience involving your deck?
Over the last year or so, I’ve gotten really into writing as a way to merge my love of art with something that could be useful and functional, so I’ve started writing illustrated picture books for children as well as novels for adults. In addition to visual arts, I also dabble in music. I’ve been a drummer for many years and I’ve started learning to play the piano.

5. What is one thing you wouldn’t do without?
My eyesight. I would be completely lost if I couldn’t see.

6. What’s the best tidbit of advice you’ve ever been given?
Well, I have to say it’s advice that I’ve given myself: “Follow your own heart, not someone else’s mind.” If I had to pick something that was said to me, it would be “Be here now.”

7. What advice would you give to other aspiring deck creators/artists?
Just do it. Take a risk, put yourself out there. And keep at it. Creating a deck is hard work, in my case, it took exactly one year from initial conception to final finished artwork. I thought it would take only half that long, and sometimes it was a struggle to keep going, but I kept pushing through it and now it’s done.

8. Do you have an online presence where we can view your work?
I’m working on building the website for Kinetic Playing Cards at www.kineticplayingcards.com, but there’s nothing up there yet.

9. Is there anything else you’d like to say?
Nope. Ask me a question. ;-)

10. And finally, I would like to give you this opportunity to share three to five images and tell us a little about each.
Eira Ice Card back. This was the hardest part of the deck design. I spent over a month and almost 200 sketches trying to decide on a design. I know for card collectors that the back is probably the most important feature of the deck so I felt a lot of pressure to get it right.


Eira Ice Aces. I really like how the aces turned out, and they were the next hardest things to design after the back. I wanted to keep with the snowflake-inspired theme while also making the pips recognizable.

Eira Ice Tuckbox. After the card back, the tuck box is probably the second most important. A lot of collectors never open their decks so the tuck is all they have. I played with over a 100 different designs on this one, from very simple to very intricate, and finally chose to go for something simple and understated. This particular design lends itself to being upgraded with foils and embossed, and I’m hoping the campaign funding will get to a level where I can do that.

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