Quidd

Collectors have gone digital. Because of a recent app, Quidd, trading cards are no longer confined to shoe boxes under the bed. Now they are conveniently stashed on phones, ready to be pulled up and traded from any spot with internet connection. Quidd launched their trading app May 2016. The start-up creates digital trading cards, stickers, and 3-D Pop! figures for fan bases of shows such as Star Trek, Bob’s Burgers, and Breaking Bad to name a few.

A variety of themed card sets are created for each licensed brand. I helped design Quidd’s line of trading cards for TV series Firefly, a space western with nods to asian culture. The show gained a cult following despite being discontinued after a single season. Below are a few favorite card templates that I created.

 

 

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Design for digital trading card set, front and back

 

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Design for digital trading card set, front and back

 

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There are many references to asian cultures in Firefly, so I was delighted to apply my limited knowledge of the Chinese language to this design.

 

I loved working on this set. We learned upon completion of the original design that we did not have rights to use the likeness of the supporting actors. We were in a bind. How do you visually portray a TV character without a picture of the actor that plays it?? Our solution was to omit the faces, but to illustrate the hairstyle and costumes designed for the show.
I loved working on this set. In the original design, we used video stills as we do for most trading cards. However upon completion, we learned that we did not have rights to use the likeness of the supporting actors. We were in a bind. How do you portray a TV character without a picture of the actor that plays it?? Our solution was to use illustration: I omitted the faces, and instead illustrated the hairstyle and costumes designed for the show.