Weekly design inspiration: Football

This week we’ve been collecting design inspiration from the beautiful game, football. Our top five pieces were quite a varied bunch, and included Game of Thrones inspired football kits, striking images of the most obscure places for football pitches and illustrations of footballers with utterly bizarre proportions…

Champions League 2015 highlights

First up, Italian motion designer Emanuele Colombo brings us a bunch of satirical gifs illustrating some of the best moments and highlights from the 2015 Champions League. Created for an EPSN project, we liked how these gifs told a little story and thought they were rather amusing! We also admired the likeness to the players – great work!


ESPN Champions League highlights via Behance

Game of Thrones house football kits

Next up, we’ve been looking at these Nike concept football kits, designed in the style and colour of the many houses from Game of Thrones. If you don’t watch the programme, you probably won’t appreciate why these are so cool but we hope you can at least admire the epic colour combinations and styles that Nerea Palacios has put together. Check out the stag horns around the neck of House Baratheon’s shirt!

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Game of Thrones World Cup Nike concept kits via Behance

Footballer illustrations

At first glance, these ‘Play!’ sketches are quite strange looking – we had a bit of a giggle about this footballer with one giant leg! For this project, the images started out as sketches and then the artist added colour digitally to the drawings to match the team’s official outfit colours. Looking again at Antonio Rodriques’ illustrations, we think this is a really original piece of work and love that it gives the feeling that the subjects could come to life. Check out the blog to see how these illustrations started from simple sketches and further developed.

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Play! via Behance

ESPN’s take on managing in the Premier League

Our next pick comes from ESPN. This collection of animated gifs is similar in style to the Champions League gifs we metioned above, but here ESPN present to us the difficulties of managing in the Premier League for the coming 2015/2016 season. Again, we like what the creator has done with these, even if they are a bit Americanised, they’re still quite funny. Who doesn’t like taking the mickey out of our much loved managers? Nice apron, Steve.



Animated gifs via ESPN

Weird, whacky, and wonderful football pitches

Last but not least we have a bunch of striking images of football pitches in strange locations across the world. This was our design inspiration winner this week. Our jaws dropped at the stunning scenery surrounding some of these pitches! A couple of our favourites were the floating pitch in southern Thailand and the seemingly desolate and abandoned desert pitch near Agdz, Morocco. Imagine playing a game of footy on top of a sky scraper in Tokyo! Madness.

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floating pitch

The world’s most amazing football pitches via The Guardian

Missed last weeks superhero-themed design inspiration article? It was a goodun. Check it out here.

Drop back in next Friday for more inspiration from our creative team. Leave us a comment and let us know your thoughts. If you’ve found something you think we’ve missed, let us know!

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