Bicycle Cards

An e-commerce experience for the leader in playing cards

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Bicylecards.com is the e-commerce foundation for Cartamundi, a global manufacturer and seller of board games, card games, and collectibles. 

DEPT® leveraged our knowledge of e-commerce experiences and scalable technologies to deliver their team a successful platform. 

Reimagining and modernising the brand’s visual image 

Bicyclecards.com is a classic brand that’s been producing playing cards since 1867. Therefore, the history of the brand had to be balanced with its newfound digital store.

Our team worked with Cartamundi to reimagine–but also preserve–the company’s ethos, positioning, and style. 

One of the main goals was to build consistency and unity across the brand with regard to different audiences, all while promoting their products. From a design-to-development relationship standpoint, a top challenge was incorporating various APIs while ensuring that designs felt cohesive.

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User needs based on four archetypes 

After completing market research, competitor analysis, content audit, and new information architecture, we designed a solution to interweave the business objectives, brand DNA, and user needs based on four key archetypes: 

  • Socialiser 
  • Magician/cardist 
  • Design + gadget lover
  • Collector

We analysed user data points and behaviours to strategise the most effective ways to communicate with these audiences and build the corresponding user flows.

All about scalability

Not only did Cartamundi seek to grow revenue by selling Bicycle Cards, but they also wanted to create a technical foundation for the rest of their brands. 

This required both design and technical strategy to ensure future teams (DEPT® or not) would be able to use the framework from bicyclecards.com. 

For design, we created a robust design system and e-commerce style guide to ensure visual unity. And for development, we prioritised a platform that was scalable, headless, composable, and mobile-first. 

This combination will allow them to quickly add e-commerce platforms for various brands, in different locations, languages, and currencies.  

Bicyclecards.com was also the alpha site for the DEPT® product known as DASH. DASH is designed specifically to reduce development time and get websites and e-commerce platforms to market faster than traditional development. 

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Our goal of sharing the magic of playing together was fully realised by DEPT®. From the conception and design phase through the building process, they were able to take our ideas and bring them to life in brilliant visualisations.

Patrick Lane
Vice President, Global eCommerce

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