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Jim Sutherland of UK-based design consultants hat-trick design created a typographic chess set, based on chess notation (K for King, Q for Queen, etc.).

Called ‘type(chess)set’, the forms are based on the typeface Champion (lightweight) by Hoefler Frere Jones.

The letters are laser cut from 25mm acrylic—with pieces ranging from 30mm (pawns) to 50mm (King) tall.

The chess board is made from two 2mm pieces of greyboard, foiled in black—measuring 364 x 364 mm.

Type(chess)set is a limited-edition of 50 sets, with each set that comes in a foam tray with a greyboard sleeve.

“It was a really tricky production in order to get the fine detail and the counters sharp, et cetera,” Sutherland told designboom. “Plus making sure everything stood up properly, for example the Q and P had to be redrawn for stability and the ‘Kt’ ligature for knight was redrawn.”

“We added a couple of lovely quotes which I added to the info sheet in the packaging, which includes information about the moves and chess notation. There is also a small set of postcards, showing how each piece moves.”


[via hat-trick design]
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