The playing cards are one of the oldest game tools which are originated in China. Over the centuries they have been produced with in a variety of sizes, materials, colors, symbols and figures. In general, it is possible to classify playing cards as standard and non-standard according to their design features. The standard playing cards are just a tool of playing games. However, the non-standard playing cards are produced to be seen rather than to be played. The fact that both sides of the playing card are in a physical structure suitable for illustration has been an opportunity for these non-standard cards to emerge. Therefore, the playing cards are a miniature canvas for a designer and the range of topics is quite wide. In this sense, the playing cards are interesting for collectors and museums as well as for designers. The aim of this study is to draw attention to the existence of playing cards which have a wide variety of illustrative content and are produced as a design object; in this context, the aim is to evaluate the playing card designs of the caricaturist Semih Balcıoğlu and to emphasize their importance. The concept of game, the geographical origin of the playing cards, the types of playing cards were determined as research questions. In the study, the literature review method was used; Balcıoğlu's designs were evaluated according to design principles and methods.
Keywords: Playing card, Semih Balcıoğlu, caricature, design, illustration