suckerPUNCH:describe your project:
zeynep bb. HARUNOGLU : we are an istanbul based design company, developing projects and manufacturing products in collaboration with graphic artists and illustrators. pag playing cards is our latest project. the idea is creating a brand of good designed collectible playing cards as an alternative interpretation to the traditional decks. this is as an ongoing project where a new deck will be designed every six months by various graphic artists and illustrators worldwide.
the first deck of the series is designed by ozlem OLCER with the name maddeck – short for magicians, astronauts & dancers – given after the first 3 dream jobs of the designer as a child.
maddeck is a combination of sharp and bizarre ideas with a smooth and innocent feeling like the designer herself. this combination shows itself both on the one by one hand drawn shapes of spades, clubs, hearts and diamonds and also on the expressions of the characters in j, q and k. the joker of the deck is king puhu, the famous and beloved drawing of ozlem OLCER, which can be also obtained as a numbered and signed silk screen print from pag.
sP: what or who influenced this project?
zH: a wonderful painting by ozlem OLCER, which seemed like a queen of hearts to me, brought to my mind the idea of creating a deck of playing cards using her illustrations.
sP: what were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
oO: listening to beats in space and resident advisor podcasts. reading books about sufi, beginner geometry & metaphysics and kozmos. watching the ceiling.
sP: whose work is currently on your radar?
zH: bahadir baruter, sena cevik zapsu, eda akaltun, julia pott
illustrations: ozlem OLCER
concept, graphic and packaging design : zeynep bb. HARUNOGLU [pag]
oO: mark ryden