To Border, Or Not To Border:

That is the question.

See the bottom of the page for a POLL after the examples.

Since all the Majors of Pharos Tarot are done now and I’m not planning on doing the minors yet, I’m deciding whether to publish them as Majors only, and if so, in what format. The size would be large, 4×6.25 inches. But they could work in that size either as bordered or borderless cards.

The Pharos images were designed so that they could be bordered or borderless. They have enough extra bleed and length that they could be completely borderless, but the important parts of the image are centered in a same-sized area so that they could be cropped and bordered.

Here are a few roughs of what the Pharos deck might look like with borders. For now I just put them into the Tabula Mundi tarot’s borders to see how they would look. So below see how they might look as bordered, with traditional titles, vs. borderless, with alternate titles.

Note these colors and fonts and border styles are all subject to change. This is just to compare the look in general.

Note also that even though the borderless art looks bigger in one version of the Fool, there is also a way to crop these with the art the same size as the borderless, placing the image more to the edges of the frame. The second Fool below shows the art cropped closer but larger. The first shows more of the overall image. So there are different ways to do the bordered cards, it’s just deciding whether or not to have borders.

I like the look either way. But bordered has the advantage of being more protective of the art, which can chip at the edges in a more noticeable way on borderless decks.

We also have to decide on traditional Thoth based titles or the alternate Pharos concept titles. (And whether or not Lust should wear the “Scarlet Woman” dress or be naked!) It’s a wonder anything ever gets done as I’m pretty indecisive sometimes.

To see the alternate titles check the Pharos home page.

Would you like Pharos Majors as bordered or borderless cards?
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Do you prefer the standard Thoth titles or the Pharos alternate titles?
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18 thoughts on “To Border, Or Not To Border:

  1. I always thought I’d go for borderless, but, I think they really do look better with a (light) border. Oh and a big vote for your alternate titles. As to being dressed or not, nope, not going there. X

  2. I voted for ‘Standard’ but upon further consideration, I’m quite intrigued by the ‘Alternate’ names. So while I can’t change my vote on the poll, please consider this comment as one vote for ‘Both’. 😀

  3. I would buy both border and non-bordered. I would not mind alternate titles if both were on the card, almost a subtitle. (Or italic text etc), but would not want to depart from having the Thoth titles.

  4. I know the trend these days is borderless, but I think art needs a frame. For me, borders are the finishing touch and also makes it look like a deck of cards, which is what it is.

  5. I like the borders, however with borderless cards, the feeling of the artwork is stronger I feel. I would buy either though. I vote for a naked lust card! Do it!

  6. Definitely prefer borderless. As well as standard titles, but the subtitles idea is intriguing. Either way, I’m looking forward to supporting this project, given the opportunity. Thank you.

  7. I love love love the art in this deck and how it includes symbols of the Hebrew letter correspondences. My preference in decks is borderless, but if you end up doing a version with borders, I’d probably get two and then cut the borders off one. Maybe other people would too. But that means not having as large a card for all the rich beautiful art. Then, on the alternate names — they are so evocative — and draw me more deeply into reflecting on and “feeling” the cards’ meanings! I appreciate your hard work and thought on them, and I hope you use the alternative names. Finally, on Lust — that red dress is everything!

  8. Another comment from me 😉
    I’d probably use the bordered deck as a go to and save the borderless for admiration and feel I’d need to keep it safe from getting messed up with use, just sayin.
    As for titles I’d love to see your own titles on these maybe with Crowley’s as subtitles?? I think Lust looks better naked and not hiding anything…AND I’d truly love to eventually have minors to go with these incredible Majors just because I can go deeper when I use Majors & minors together. Are you going to put a countdown counter on your site for this deck? Pre-orders? XX 😘

  9. Alternate titles! Considering this is an alternate design with a theme, it would be outrageous not to have the alternate titles! 🙂

  10. Ultimately I plan to buy whatever you decide to do, but my preference is for borderless cards with standard titles, although I agree that “subtitles” would be cool. I also prefer the naked Lust card.

  11. I like both the borders and cards without the borders as well as long as they have the traditional Thoth titles. I would buy both versions but please give me the Thoth titles.
    I don’t want to memorize new titles for cards 🙂

  12. Borders are immaterial to me, I can take them or leave them.
    Same with the titles – either or both is fine, though I do lean a little towards your titles.

    As for the Lust lady, the dress and garter remind me of Deco era lingeree. I think it suits the style of the deck. But she’s traditionally naked, so why not include both?

  13. Since you have already done decks using the Thoth titles, I would very much appreciate having a deck that has titles from you. As for borders or not, I’d get them either way, although I do think that borders provide another layer of creative design to accompany the choice of title font– that is to say, borders could actually accentuate the art. And naked Lust, all the way! 😉 Regardless of what you choose, I’m going to buy it! Thank you for sharing your art with us. <3

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