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The Absurd Genius of Joseph's Machines

The Absurd Genius of Joseph's Machines

Instagram artist Joseph Herscher builds absurd Rube-Goldberg machines for life’s most mundane tasks.

Backgammon

How to Play Backgammon

What makes backgammon so compelling is its balance of chance by incorporating dice rolls, and strategy. It’s also very easy to learn and can scale in difficulty depending on who you’re playing; so,...

The Wavelinks Puzzle

The Wavelinks Puzzle

Four heavy steel pieces interlock to create a modern masterpiece of mechanical puzzles. Elegant, challenging, and deeply satisfying.

Eames "Hang-It-All" Playing Cards

Eames "Hang-It-All" Playing Cards

Designed by Art of Play in close collaboration with the Eames Office. A tribute to the timeless sensibilities of Charles & Ray Eames.

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Tension Carved Into Wood, a Q&A with Gibus

Tension Carved Into Wood, a Q&A with Gibus

French sculptor Jean-Baptiste Boutin carves guttural truth from wood, freezing tense moments in a forever state.

The History of the Slinky

The History of the Slinky

Some of the greatest inventions in the world happened by accident. Silly String, Play-Doh, and ... the Slinky. Even stranger? The inventor himself.

Julia Ibbini Evolves the Language of Arabesque

Julia Ibbini Evolves the Language of Arabesque

She's spent the past five years applying her own visual language to these ancient motifs, painstakingly crafting biomorphic paper sculptures.

Celebrating 9 Years

Celebrating 9 Years

On August 13, 2013, we launched Art of Play with over a hundred different decks, which was incomparable at the time. It was a brilliant idea, but sales suggested otherwise.

Playing cards by Art of Play

Designing a Deck of 52

Art of Play founders Dan and Dave Buck discuss playing card designs, breaking conventions, and offer a sneak peek of upcoming decks.

Automata: The Odd Magic of Living Machines

Automata: The Odd Magic of Living Machines

Self-operating machines hold a peculiar place in history, from an 18th century "pooping" duck to today's merging of technology with the human form.