Thinking about the times at summer camp were we wanted to play chess with the kids but there were no chessboards available, the idea was conceptualised:
The first thing made was the board, using textures and a grassy brush.
Then I got too excited and made a public statement on Facebook that I would learn to design on 3D to make this Chess.
Then I sketched the pieces’ front and side views. That’s when it started getting scary for me (I thought “Is this too complicated for a first 3D project? What have I done!”).
Then little by little from a mix of procrastination and Youtube tutorials the pieces started to take shape.
Then paper dummies were made to figure out the simplest 3d-like solution that could be printed in any 2-d printer:
Then at the border of “When is this project going to end! ?” the printables were put in place.
Then I made a video tutorial showing how to build a free chess set at home.
In total, from concept to publishing the project took about 8 weeks.
To download the printable chess, go here.
Rodrigo Macias (author) is a bilingual creative mixing his experience working in Childcare and Design around planet Earth to come up with high-quality printables and playful-educational activities for kids. Check those out at the Box of Ideas.