Hello! I’m Jon, the founder of Polar Embassy, a little publishing house in Berlin. We design cheeky queer takes on old favorites and print within planetary means.
Club Tarot was originally a Christmas gift for my best friend, a lover of Tarot and Club Mate, the German cult-favorite soda. In 2022, I printed a small run with an Austrian printer that meets the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute’s Silver standards on material health, product circularity, clean air and climate protection, water and soil stewardship, and social fairness. They add green energy back to the Austrian grid, and over-offset the CO2 emissions from production by 10%. We use healthy, non-toxic inks and FSC-certified paper that can be completely and harmlessly composted at the product’s eventual end of life.
From self-publishing Club Tarot I built up the infrastructure to design, produce, and fulfil card games, and in 2023 I've been lucky to publish a deck of playing cards and a kids game by incredible Berlin illustrators. I am looking for our next decks - if you have something at any stage to pitch, I would love to hear from you! I specifically invite trans* and non-binary Black, Indigenous, and People of Color to reach out to me at the form below.