Of course, every good invention starts with an idea. So, where did I get my idea? Well, I searched up “life-sized board games” and I found a picture of a huge chess board. I liked the idea because I loved chess, and it was easy to imagine. However, building huge plastic pieces in one day seemed too hard. So, I looked up “huge chess board” and I found this:
This was my idea, because it was easy and fast to build.
On January 28, Monday, I had decided to create a giant chess board for One Day. I had to brainstorm the potential dimensions and sizes of the pieces that I will make.
Here is the list of dimensions I first came up with:
- 1×1 square of the board – 15cm (w), 15cm (l), <0.5cm (h)
- Entire board (8×8 cm) – 120cm (w), 120cm (l), <0.5cm (h)
Pieces of chess
- Pawn – 7.2cm (w), 7.2cm (l), 14.4cm (h)
- Knight – 7.2cm (w), 7.2cm (l), 15cm (h)
- Bishop – 7.2cm (w), 7.2cm (l), 18cm (h)
- Rook – 7.2cm (w), 7.2cm (l), 12.6cm (h)
- Queen – 7.2cm (w), 7.2cm (l), 23.4cm (h)
- King – 7.2cm (w), 7.2cm (l), 25.2cm (h)
Procedure & steps
On January 29 (Tuesday), the first thing I decided to start for our life-sized chess board prototype was the procedure:
- Gather materials
- Plan measurements & layout
- Cut and put together
- Paint and wait
For our first prototype, we thought it would be a good idea to start with paper. This is so that we can trace it over cardboard which would be our final design material.
I started by drawing the boundaries of our pieces. For example, for our pawn stencil, I drew the maximum length (7.2cm) and the maximum height (14.4cm). Then I drew the pawn in the boundaries and cut it out. I did this procedure with every piece (Pawn, rook, bishop, etc.).
Since there are 16 pawns in a standard chess set, the pawns took the longest. Since each pawn is two pieces, we had to cut 32 pieces and put it together. So, that was a struggle, but we managed to pull through.
Painting was really fun! We got all messy, but our pieces looked awesome!
I think our group cooperated really well, and we were able to get a lot done! But if I were to change one thing, I would not paint the board and pieces white. This is because it got a little messy and rushed at the end because we didn’t have enough time. We should have just left the cardboard color (for white) as it was.
Overall, I think One Day was a really fun project. It is important because it helps learners understand the design cycle, and about how you must create and improve every day. If I were to take one thing out of this, it would be that mistakes help you become better than you were.