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Lotería Deco


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Little Mule Studio

Illustrations and printing: Blair Richardson and Jessica Sandoval
Photographs: PJ Rountree.



Blair Richardson and Jessica Sandoval

Hand-printed on a Vandercook Universal I letterpress, this Mexican game similar to Bingo uses Art Deco imagery found in nineteenth and twentieth century Mexico City to push the limits of polymer plate printing on a budget. 




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Production Cost

Production Time

6 weeks

Dimensions (Width × Height × Depth)

6 × 8 × 2.25 in.

Page Count

12 boards + 54 cards

Paper Stock

Chipboard / handmade wood box / muslin bag

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Project Description

In the late 19th and early 20th century, European influences were strong and Art Deco styles flourished in the neighborhoods around central Mexico City. Lotería Deco is a game based on architectural and design details from this time that were recorded through a series of walks. Window grates, tile patterns, architectural embellishments and balcony railings, created by craftsmen and designers during this era of ornamentation, offer a rich catalogue for visual delight throughout the streets of Colonia Roma, Condesa, and the Centro Histórico.

HOW TO PLAY: Lotería is a traditional Mexican game played like Bingo. Each player receives one or more boards. A caller randomly selects a card from the deck and describes it to the players. The players with a matching pictogram mark that space with a bean. The first player to completely fill his board with beans becomes the winner, and shouts: “¡Lotería!” (Lottery!).

Production Lesson(s)

This project really takes advantage of the use of polymer plates in letterpress printing. To order plates of all the designs would've been cost-prohibitive, so one of the biggest challenges during production was cutting / reorganizing the illustrations. We ordered plates of 4 complete boards, so that we had at least one example of each drawing. After printing the first four boards, we had to carefully cut out each drawing from inside the grid without damaging the lines, mix them up, and print again. And again. Then we had to remove the grid and print the cards. It was a lot of work! The other issue was packaging: finding a suitable container to hold the game, as well as a small bag to hold the beans. Luckily, we found a workshop around the corner from our office in Mexico City to make a simple wooden box with a groove that we could slide the chipboard top into. After searching through many markets and shops for the small muslin bags, I found a woman to sew them by hand, and our package was complete.”

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Jessica Mullen

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Date Published

May 18, 2015


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