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Which is better?

Which of the following suit symbols do you prefer?


I’m currently doing some work on bridgeblogging.com and one aspect of that involves looking at the “Bridge Tools” that bloggers can use. So, I have a question and would love to hear your comments.

Bidding boxes (I’m not sure if it’s all of them), show the suit symbols with diamonds colored orange and clubs a shade of green. There are decks of bridge-sized playing cards that also have the symbols colored that way (i.e. spades black, hearts red, diamonds orange and clubs green). I seem to remember being told that in some countries (Europe?) they are used in the bridge clubs.

The idea behind this is to help people avoid getting the spades and clubs (both black), and hearts and diamonds (both red) mixed up, especially when sorting their hands. I don’t know, and probably won’t bother investigating, whether there is some advantage for some groups of people — perhaps people with poorer vision are helped by the color difference.

I don’t care for them very much, but that may be mainly lack of sufficient exposure (I have played with them, but I don’t remember where — maybe Turkey in 2004?). I imagine we would all get used to them if they ever become the norm.

I suspect that people either LOVE them or HATE them. I’m curious how you feel about them. Would it irritate you to see blog posts with orange-colored diamonds?


LuiseApril 19th, 2012 at 10:19

I’m with you, I prefer the traditional coloring of suits as black and red. If I had to choose, I would stick with black and red only.

Judy Kay-WolffApril 19th, 2012 at 06:18

I’m with Luise. You can’t teach an old dog new tricks and we are so accustomed to the old buggers, I think it best to keep them as is.

MichaelApril 19th, 2012 at 08:44

I like the orange and green, feel like Christmas is here 🙂

JRGApril 20th, 2012 at 04:20

That may have just tipped the balance, I’ve not liked Christmas since I was a small child 🙁

Jeff LehmanApril 21st, 2012 at 02:50

Prefer red and black alone for diagrams. Only time I expect more colors is in the bidding boxes.

LakApril 21st, 2012 at 09:38

I like the multiple colors. Makes things more readable.

LuiseMay 1st, 2012 at 11:37

Hmm – 4-2 for the black-and-red-only camp. That isn’t exactly a landslide…

any other opinions?

LIndaMay 6th, 2012 at 08:33

I like red and black .. tradition!

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