I was commissioned by Josimar Magazine to illustrate the cover for their 200 page World Cup special edition issue. The generous team at Josimar gave me full creative freedom so I really wanted to pour my love for the history of football into this cover. Since the upcoming World Cup will be the 21st installment I thought this would be a great opportunity to highlight the previous 20 tournaments spanning 1930 to 2014 and create a tapestry of its significant moments. The issue itself is a retrospective of the World Cup with no direct mention of the upcoming tournament in Russia so to allude to but not directly represent that I used a white/blue/red color scheme and a modified Soviet Style typeface.
Concept & Layout:
Digital communication technology has blasted history wide open, dispersing its individual parts to all corners of the internet. For the first time young people have the chance to learn about history in their own ways on platforms like youtube, twitter, from various listicles, etc. Each learning experience online is like an individual discovery and the user is an archeologist unearthing moments in history to fit the pieces of the whole together. This modular approach to re-interpreting history gave me the idea to represent individual vignettes for each World Cup as something akin to self-contained archetypal events that exist within self-luminous rectangles of computers, tablets and smartphones. The layout is more or less organized chronologically starting with the first World Cup 1930 in the top left corner, reading from left to right and top to bottom culminating in the World Cup 2014 panel on the bottom right.
A re-formatted color version of the cover was created for Italian Illustration Society ILLUSTRI. The presentation of the following icontypes are in their original colored versions.
With the World Cup Cover Josimar were able to add 40 additional pages of editorial content for print and digital.