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For this project, our goal is to propose our own contemporary design that applies some of the major characteristics of the design movement you have selected to today’s desires and needs. The Bauhaus movement was revolutionary, I was specifically inspired by Joseph Hartwig’s redesign of the chess set in 1924. His Chess Set consist of simple geometric shapes of spheres and cubes that generate pieces, despite their extremely geometric stylization that mimics the original pieces ranking or ability. I believe that Hartwig’s Chess Set is a perfect example of Bauhaus principles. I decided to take Joseph Hartwig’s approach and the Bauhaus fundamentals to redesign the French standard playing card set.

When I began my redesign of the French standard playing card set I decided I did not want to only modify the original design to slightly mimics Bauhaus style. Instead, I wanted to keep the foundational systems of the set and give the suits new symbols based on Bauhaus fundamentals. First I wanted to redesign the symbols for the king, queen, and jack. I wanted them to remain recognizable yet challenge the hierarchy and gender norms of the original set to conform to today's society’s progressive ideals. To do this I began by putting put the foremost letters of each word (K, Q, and J) in the font Futura because the typographer that designed the typeface was inspired by the Bauhaus typefaces when creating Futura. Then, fill in the counters of each letter or added fill to form the letters into geometric shapes so that they were recognizable but the user instead would be associating the ranking of the card to a shape. I followed this method when symbolizing the suite, Ace. Rather than only modify the highly ornamental original suites, the heart, spade, diamond, and club I greatly reduced them to the Bauhaus revered basic symbols the square, circle, and triangle. Filling them with the primary colors often used by Bauhaus designers red, blue and yellow with the addition of green for the fourth symbol. Then, using the suites I created, I formatted the cards the same as the French standard playing card set, to keep the foundation of the game, naming the playing card Standard Card Deck. My Standard Card Deck, inspired by Bauhaus ideals mainly Joseph Hartwig’s approach to his Chess Set ultimately masters the Bauhaus objective of creating a new, plain and utilitarian design that could be used by every kind of person and in every area while applying it today’s desires and ideals.

BAUHAUS INSPIRED PLAYING CARDS