Chesstempt is a project aimed to promote the game of chess and make it more accessible through communication and pedagogic content. It was made for my bachelor thesis at LISAA Strasbourg.
The typeface WT Kormelink is used for the main content and for the lowercase logo. I wanted to use a serif typeface to recall the prestige of the chess game and contrast it with these abstract piece shapes. Moreover, this typeface have this beautiful st ligature which correspond perfectly with the idea of connecting “chess” and “attempt”. It’s supported by IBM Plex Sans for the website and for all the printed documents to learn the game.
The game of chess knew a golden age during the Cold War when it was considered as a measure of intelligence between the two blocs. At the end of this period and with the arrival of computers, the popularity of the game slowly declined until chess was considered as a game difficult to access, meaningless and reserved for intellectuals. Yet this is a vision that contradicts the very essence of the game, which advocates values of equality and has benefits that are often overlooked.