Project aesthetics compared to 20th Century design movements (2017): Chess Board

For my current design, I plan on using a “contemporary Asian” aesthetic, which involves a lot of nice stained wood, with a hint of contrasting bamboo colored wood.  I’ve started to notice that the shape of this aesthetic is very “sharp”, and does not have a lot of rounded edges.  Corners are squared off, and the rectangular shape seems to be most dominant.

In exploring other aesthetics, I wanted to find a few that were totally different than the current, anticipated design, and so I found the following:

  1. Radical design
  2. Streamlining
  3. High Tech/Matte

I considered the “organic design” aesthetic, but decided that it was too similar to contemporary Asian, sharing the woodgrain and elegant feel.

 

Below are various sketches that I believe portray various aesthetics of my design.

 

  1. Radical Design/Funky

 

http://www.craftster.org/pictures/data/500/medium/185232_06Jun10_102_1820.JPG

https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.c
om/564x/94/2d/fd/942dfd81d56f9392df004b9d6b6d3d02.jpg

 

https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/11/d7/22/11d7221de004daaae52fb6ae51e54154.jpg

These images above have a funky feel to them, feature bright and unique colors, and have non-traditional pieces to go along with them.  This is an interesting aesthetic.  My takeaway is that I can try using different (non-traditional) colors of wood, and maybe even stain them to achieve a custom color.

 

  1. The second aesthetic is streamlining.  For a 2d object that is mostly stationary, this may be challenging.  I want to acheive a rounded shape, similar to that of this aircraft and of an airfoil.  I can visualize everything having an airfoil on it.

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/1/10/WingRoot01.jpg

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-dkYBHRG3WMw/ULSq_2JbQdI/AAAAAAAAAAk/U43Bn-L9Y0A/s1600/Airstream-Land-Yacht.jpg

 

https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/236x/17/bd/e6/17bde66297576a9e4f11c9c4c10190a9.jpg

 

http://www.chessusa.com/mm5/graphics/00000001/35-P05/35-P05_1_large_255x255.jpg

http://www.regencychess.co.uk/images/large/RCC001_04_LRG.jpg

A common theme here is that most of these pieces and boards are rounded and look sleek.  This isn’t exactly a look I want to achieve on my aesthetic.

  1. High Tech/Matte

For this last aesthetic, I found high tech/fancy marble/shiny items.

https://www.revolution.watch/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/UR202AlTTiN_FACE.jpg

http://www.quincymemorials.com/images/Deluxe_Granite_Marble_Chess_Set_Quincy_Memorials_2.jpg

http://pebblez.co
m/pictures/alabaster-marble-chess/Alabaster-Marble-Chess/705/96016BT-1.jpg

http://pebblez.com/pictures/alabaster-marble-chess/Alabaster-Marble-Chess/705/NS155RB.jpg

 

The common theme with all of these is that they are very shiny and glossy.  My takeaway for my project is that I should have a little bit of shine to my parts, but nothing outrageous.

 

These crazy aesthetics are not exactly what I want to turn my project into, but here are the takeaways that I may be able to apply to my project to create a unique look and feel:

 

  • Using different (non-traditional) colors of wood, and maybe even stain them to achieve a custom color.
  • I should have a little bit of shine to my parts, but nothing outrageous.

 

 

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Avery Anderson
March 22, 2017 9:21 pm

The radical design and the high tech aesthetics actually look awesome. Your project has a sort of versatility that other projects don’t, so you have a lot of potential aesthetics to choose from. I think you should pick the radical design and have some sharp, contrasting colors for each side, but that’s just my opinion. Awesome job!

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I actually really like the radical/funky design in this. It is very fun and crazy, and it will add a lot of color to the chess board, which can often be very boring looking. I think you could do this aesthetic and add lots of cool designs to each piece. I also like the matte look, its a lot more sharp and classy looking. If you do this look, you should get a matte paint that dries in that texture. Would look super cool.

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