Playing with Traditions

By Becky Zieber

Juana-Villa-Playing Cards

Juana Villa

Juana Villa (Graphic Communications, ’15), had the spirit of Cal Poly in mind when she designed a set of playing cards inspired by Cal Poly’s traditions. The Cal Poly Alumni Association asked Villa to illustrate the deck, which was given to incoming students at last year’s Week of Welcome. Each card features a whimsical image of a different tradition. With activities ranging from “Go to the Poly Royal Rodeo”to “Crash a class,”the deck embodies some of the most memorable elements of life at Cal Poly. “I wanted to do something I would be proud of showing, and something that many people will enjoy,” said Villa, who works as a front-end developer for the San Luis Obispo-based tech consulting firm Experts Exchange. Her favorite card in the deck, she says, encourages players to “Create your own tradition.”

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