A game of Chess

Studying and researching on the square shape I couldnt help myself not thinking of a game rich in historical and cultural value played on a square grid. The game of chess.

Graphic designer Jim Sutherland, designer of a typographic acrylic chess set shown bellow, describes chess as a perennial source of inspiration for designers, film-makers and artists. Chess offers a rich visual language to plunder.

Typographic acrylic chess set designed by author Jim Sutherland, 2012.

Typographic acrylic chess set designed by author Jim Sutherland, 2012.

Chess has always attracted the attention of designers from medieval artisans to modernist and contemporary designers.

Chess set by Josef Hartwig from 1924, featured in the 2012 Bauhaus exhibition at the Barbican, London.

Chess set by Josef Hartwig from 1924, featured in the 2012 Bauhaus exhibition at the Barbican, London.

A wonderfully compact example from MoMA designed in 1966 by F. Lanier Graham.

A wonderfully compact example from MoMA designed in 1966 by F. Lanier Graham.

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier Spy Poster

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier Spy Film Poster by Paul Smith for the recent film adaptation.

 

Each suspect is assigned a chess piece.

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