Chess Set for the Blind

Chess Set for the Blind

I wanted to see if I could create an entirely new product within a strict time frame. Designed, developed, detailed and rendered over 10 days. Took about 40 hours from initial idea to final image.

chess chart

below: exploration of icons and symbols to represent the pieces. The challenge was getting both simplicity and clarity. I went for symbols that suggested the movement of the pieces.

Chess Piece Symbols
Chess Set for the Blind

White pieces are matte steel and black pieces are hardwood. Side different can be identified by heat and texture of pieces. The board is a hardwood base inset with textured magnets for the black squares and ceramic-coated magnets for the white squares. The amount of “stick” a piece has to the board also indicates what square it is on.

Chess Set for the Blind

Each piece is 50x50x50mm to give it some substance when handling. Both white and black pieces are milled to shape with different sized cores drilled out to vary the weight of the piece and capped with magnets that are sintered into shape and then the texture sputtered onto them and bonded with a relevant glue.

You can read about the complete creative process here: duncanmckean.com/on/designing-a-product-in-10-days

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Duncan McKean

Haarlem, Netherlands
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I wanted to see if I could create an entirely new product within a strict timeframe. Designed, modelled, lit, textured and rendered over 10 days. Took about 40 hours from initial idea to final image.

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