Jakob Peyer Bild

The development of the German-Swiss image around 1880

Jakob Peyer, who joined A. Bühlmann in the 1970s, is most likely the creator of today’s map image. Both the details of the dresses and the faces of the figures of our german-Swiss Jass cards are modelled on Peyer’s cards. In Hasle, the one-headed images were produced after Peyer’s presentation only until J. Müller took over the playing card factory in Schaffhausen. Müller continued to produce the one-person ones according to his own templates for decades. It was not until the 1920s that the Peyer maps were used as templates for the double-headed image. Remarkably, after more than 130 years, the Peyer image is still up-to-date.

One-headed map picture by Jakob Peyer. Most likely creator of today's map image. more than 100 years later, today's map image is still clearly recognizable.


This Peyer image was used by Swiss Jass as a template for the new double-headed images as they are available today. The old illustrations were finally transferred into the 21st century, with great respect for the work of Jakob Peyer with a conservative way of redesigning the valuable illustrations. The new maps should treat the traditional image with respect, but surpass them in typography and sharpness.

Peyer picture from 1880 and vector illustration Swiss Jass
Peyer picture from 1880 and vector illustration Swiss Jass
Peyer picture from 1880 and vector illustration Swiss Jass
Abril font and handwritten Renaissance Antiqua circa 15th century

Classicist Antiqua (18th century) with Scottish-Roman influences modernly integrated


  • Roof approaches Majuskel: Straight
  • Axis of the minuscule “e”: Horizontal inner beam
  • Optical axis of round shapes: vertical
  • Serif transitions: Corner
  • Serif side edge: Straight
  • Serif bottom edge: Stands straight on the baseline
  • Stitch strength contrast beams/crossbeams: Very strong

Release year March 2014 by Veronika Burian and José Scaglione


The typography has been optimized, contrasts in the illustrations adjusted and much more. A few hundred hours of work are stuck in this project. The outdated cards have been restored to a modern state while retaining their traditional design. Of course with the double image played today.

As a typographic designer with a love of typography, I paid particular attention to the choice of font. In the end, I chose the Abril family, a modern interpretation of a classicist antique. The majuscules and minuscules as well as the serifs are straighter, the transitions more angular. The font developers had the same high standards as I did when designing the cards:the attention to detail that runs through the entire design.


Here you can find the blog entry about the Jass cards

Large-format on buildings

Infinitely scalable through vector illustration

Vector-based illustration

  • Completely re-illustrated
  • Infinitely scalable without loss of quality
  • Mathematically defined with Bezier curves
  • Clear technical implementation with high contrast and clear demarcations

Production in Switzerland

In addition to the further development of the J. Peyer bild from 1880, a further focus was on bringing the Jasskarten production back to Switzerland. Unfortunately, the majority of the cards are now printed in Belgium or Germany. A circumstance that disturbed us considerably. Especially at the National Game No. 1 in Switzerland. For most people assume that this is self-evident, that these Swiss maps also have the value chain in Switzerland.


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