A Typographic Chess Set: Hat Trick Design

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A Typographic Chess Set: Hat Trick Design

This chess set from Jim Sutherland of London-based Hat Trick Design is sure to make any typophile, chess nerd swoon. The letter pieces are based on chess notation, doubling as an inherent game reference and mostly literal physical representations.

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The game pieces take form from the Hoefler & Frere-Jones typeface, Champion Gothic (Lighweight) and were laser cut from 25mm acrylic. The minimal, well-considered game is limited to an edition of 50, and each set includes a black-foiled grey board and packaging.

design, typography, chess
design, typography, chess
design, typography, chess

Sutherland did make a few adjustments to the letterforms to suit their new dimensional roles—he redrew the the Q and P to add stability and restructured the Kt ligature.

We especially enjoyed the pamphlet insert, which echoes the lettered representations and maps out the pieces' movements spatially and graphically.

design, typography, chess
design, typography, chess
design, typography, chess
design, typography, chess

The set runs £275 and is available for purchase in the Hat Trick Shop

Some other hand-picked posts you might enjoy on our Design Blog:

The A1 Typographic Scrabble Set by Andrew Capener
Typography Playing Cards with 52 Typefaces: Hat-Trick Design
Monopoly Remix and Designer Portfolio: Andy Mangold

Via Lindsey Burrows and Creative Review

Jessica Patterson

Jessica Patterson

Hi, I'm Jessica. I'm a Designer and Writer at Drawbackwards and write for the Design Blog at Design.org. I enjoy vintage things, letterpress, publication design, and long walks around the Cesar Chavez Park pond. You can follow me on twitter at @jessdoodled for lots of fun randomness.

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