Graphic Design Communication Students Create Chess Boards For Young Children

Graphic design communication seniors this semester created interactive chess boards geared to children as young as three for an industry project with partner Chess at Three.

Inspired by the children’s story “King Fischer and King Spassky,” written by the founders of Chess at Three, the PhilaU students designed illustrated versions of the book, unique boxes and game pieces that converted into finger puppets.

Graphic design communication senior Kelly Szymanowski presents her chess project.

Graphic design communication senior Kelly Szymanowski presents her chess project.

“Since this was a kid-oriented design project, we had to think in terms of what would attract a child,” said Kelly Szymanowski ’15 at the Dec. 8 project presentation.

Game boards featured elements such as bright colors, geometric game box shapes and whimsical backdrops to appeal to a young audience.

Chess at Three teaches chess to young children to help them benefit from improvements in sportsmanship, literacy, math and other positive outcomes.

“I have seen a lot of amazing ideas on putting our curriculum into a retail box,” Tyler Schwartz, president and CEO of Chess at Three, said of the PhilaU student designs. “We ultimately want to get this in every home in America.”

 

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