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Solitaire Playing Cards


$12.60 Members


PRODUCT: Solitaire Playing Cards
SIZE: 3.5" high x 2.4" wide x .75" deep
DESIGNER: Susan Kare
Remember booting up that amazing 1990 desktop computer (with its 4MB of RAM, dial-up internet connection and massively deep monitor) to play solitaire? Now Susan Kare’s original artwork for the Windows 3.0 solitaire game has been immortalized in a real set of playing cards. The release of these cards coincides with the 25th anniversary of the original solitaire computer game. This deck includes two jokers, designed by Kare exclusively for this release. In addition to designing Windows 3.0 Solitaire, Kare created some of the most familiar user interface designs in early computing.

She says, "I worked on the original pixel art for the on-screen solitaire cards in 1990 using an IBM PC, Microsoft Paint, and the typical 16 VGA color palette of the time. A lot of those weren't particularly attractive colors, but fortunately the card faces only required black, red, and yellow. I was inspired by classic card decks, and had the most fun trying to translate the complicated patterns of the Jacks, Queens, and Kings to a 72 dots-per-inch grid. Recently I was amused by a comment online that computer Solitaire was how people procrastinated before there was Twitter. : n )"

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