Insecta Playing Cards by Meg Dreyer
Meg Dreyer is a graphic designer, illustrator and photographer. She received her BA from Dartmouth College and attended medical school at Columbia University before choosing a career in art and design, completing her MFA in graphic design at Rhode Island School of Design.
She has worked professionally as a graphic designer for Chermayeff & Geismar and Landor Associates in New York and for the Atlanta Botanical Garden, and has taught graphic design at Berry College in Rome, Georgia.
In developing the deck, she digitally photographed the illustrations in the manuscripts to apply to the faces of the cards, retouching the photographs of the illustrations where they were yellowed and faded and colorizing them where necessary.
The digital ‘remastering’ of these illustrations marked a kind of evolution in itself as these seldom-seen volumes emerged from the past into the present.
Her act of designing this deck saw these manuscript illustrations adapt to the modern world to occupy a new niche. They realized a new incarnation, a digital one.