Friday Inspiration. Zoran Lucic Does Football.

Bosnian graphic designer Zoran Lucic has created a series of posters featuring some of the greatest football player of all time. (soccer players for all the American readers). The posters have great layouts, typography, high contrast photos, and color pallets with individual styles that cover a wide range and are reflective of the period for each player. Really nice work from Lucic. If you click the link above you can see the entire series. I have included about 25 of them in the slide show below, but his Behance page has at least 50.

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Bend It Like Jabulani

If you have been watching any of the world cup action, you might have noticed that the Adidas designed ball for this years games seems to travel a bit farther and faster than others. According to Professor Derek Leinweber, who heads the School of Chemistry and Physics at the University of Adelaide in Australia, it is because Adidas “Grip and Groove” surface on the ball creates greater levels of turbulence around the ball. This increase results in longer flights, with greater amounts of spin. This increase in spin will also have some of the world best goalies on their toes due to the unpredictable way the ball moves in flight. The ball meets all FIFA regulations, although it is a relatively small and heavy ball. Because of this game play should be faster and harder.

“Players are also discovering new opportunities to move the ball in erratic ways, alarming the world’s best goalkeepers,” said Leinweber. “By the time the ball reaches the goalkeeper, the Jabulani will have swerved and dipped, arriving with more power and energy than the Teamgeist.”

This is the eleventh ball that Adidas has designed for the World Cup, and the name Jabulani means “To Celebrate” in Zulu.

2010 World Cup Poster Helps You Keep Score.

World Cup fever has hit, and its all about the football, or as we say here in America, “Soccer”. I’m not a huge football fan, but I have to admit this World Cup thing has kind of gotten to me this year, and I have been watching some of the games. I’m definitely planning on watching the USA vs England today at noon. So this morning while I was out gathering football intel, I came across this.

David Watson’s double-sided poster for the world cup. The poster is set entirely in Gotham, using bright primary colors. It is a double-sided A1+ poster produced in collaboration with G&B printers. 6 Colors printed on PhoeniXmotion paper.

All poster sale profits go to raises money for Soccer Aid, and UNICEF to help children around the world. So I say buy one. It’s for a good cause, and the poster looks fantastic.

Charis Tsevis Amazing 2010 World Cup Posters.

In just eight short weeks, the World Cup kicks off in South Africa. This marks the first time that the worlds greatest and most watched sporting event is being held on the African continent. The World Cup not only highlights this international sporting event, but this time it is helping to expose South African, heritage, culture and art.

To celebrate this event Greek graphic designer Charis Tsevis has created a series of stunning posters. This personal project was heavily influenced by traditional African fabric patterns as well as contemporary football culture. These posters represent Tsevis personal journey and exploration of Africa’s history and traditions. Tsevis was heavily influenced by his  South African experience, and felt that his journey there was an endless lesson into South Africa’s history and rich cultural traditions. According to Tsevis, “South Africa is one of the most beautiful and most vivid places I have ever seen. The country is amazing and rich of cultures and history. I am going to return to visit it soon.“

I think these posters are absolutely stunning. They are a fantastic example of the blending of cultural influences, and a great example of where modern technology meets traditional art. The posters were designed using Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, Synthetic Studio and Quicktime Pro. The complete poster set is on Flickr here.