Aves Playing Cards

Corvin Art School

Budapest, Hungary

The packaging was designed apropos of the rebranding of the Hungarian Ornithological and Nature Conservation Association. The fantasy name ‘Aves’ means birds in Latin. The box contains a deck of 54 illustrated playing cards. The cards depict different kind of bird species, related to the Hungarian Ornithological and Nature Conservation Association.

A unique motif was designed on the back of the cards, which displays the symbols of Clubs, Spades, Hearts and Diamonds, intertwined with each other. The cards are made with five different background colours, depending on whether they are Spades, Clubs, Diamonds, Hearts or Jokers.

Smaller bird illustrations appear on numbered cards (from 2 to 10). The Jack, Queen, King, Ace and the Jokers have more detailed illustrations, filling the entire card. I tried to picture a characteristic bird for the given card, where it was possible. Queen cards depict more “feminine” species, for example a peacock or a swan, with their slender, elegant qualities, as well as a pigeon and a female duck. For cards with a King sign, I chose more “masculine” birds, such as a raven, a male specimen of a pheasant and a male mallard. All Ace cards represent flying species. I wanted to add a little humour to the Joker cards, so for this reason I chose birds which typically have large crests. This is why a rooster was illustrated on one Joker card and a crane on the other.